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Two Good Reasons to Vote NO!
By Robert D. Warner


August 13, 2005

Here are two more good reasons to vote NO! on the proposed cruise ship dock expansion:
(1)  Why do we need a special election for this proposal?  The regular city/borough election is only two months away. Could it be that the special interests down at city hall are trying to rig this election?  In October most of the cruise ship people will have "snowbirded" back to the Caribbean and local residents will have returned home from their summer vacations.  This call for a "Special Election" in August reminds me of voting in a third world country.  How much does this scheme cost the taxpayers?
(2)  This week I received a fancy colour printed leaflet in the post asking me to vote in favor of the bond initiative.  This leaflet is clearly marked "Paid for by the City of Ketchikan."  I can assume that the postage and mailing costs were also paid for by Ketchikan tax dollars.  There is no opportunity or space allocated to those who oppose this proposal.  In other words, the taxpayers are paying for this sham.
A significant "NO" vote might provide a long overdue wakeup call to Ms. West, the City Manager, and others who support special interests rather than the essential needs of the taxpaying public.  Are they ever going to get the message and start reducing our taxes rather than promoting lavish public spending.
Robert D. Warner
Ketchikan, AK - USA


On the Web:

 Ketchikan Port Berth Expansion Bond Initiative

Ketchikan Port Berth
Expansion Bond Initiative

 Ketchikan Port Berth Expansion Bond Initiative

Vote August 16, 2005

 The City of Ketchikan is proposing to expand and improve facilities along the waterfront to provide enhanced public use and additional economic benefit to residents, business owners, and the City. A bond initiative will be placed on the August 16, 2005 ballot to gain approval for up to $70 million to fund the project. - More... Port Expansion Project Information


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