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We're like the children of dysfunctional parents
By Gail Person


August 13, 2005

Comments that I hear from some local leaders and residents disturb me regarding the dock issue. They remind me of a dysfunctional woman throwing herself headlong into another risky relationship with a new boyfriend. She says with a fearful and quivering voice "but he'll LEAVE ME if I don't do this for him!" She doesn't realize how insecure she is in her pursuit of security. She doesn't realize that setting terms and conditions in the relationship is what will lead to security and quality in her life and that if he isn't being a team player it is better to let him go. But her focus is only in keeping him appeased at the moment not on quality of life for the long term. Her life is left to luck and chance rather than from choice.

Are we prostrating ourselves before industry again, fearful that if we don't perform they will leave us? Maybe we'll be lucky this time, after all they said some really sweet romantic things the other night. If the cruise ship industry doesn't follow through after we perform for them what will our cost be? We've already been left with a child named Ward Cove from an old manipulative boyfriend. As residents of this city and borough we are like the children of dysfunctional parents left with a lower quality of life and at times having to pay for our parents mistakes. I'm standing by with hesitancy regarding the dock issue and the cruise ship industry saying "Uh oh, there she goes again."

Gail Person
Ketchikan, AK - USA


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