By Suzan Thompson
August 19, 2005
Having been the recipient of a
few comments since the failure of the dock bond issue that the
only reason I was in opposition is because a family member owns
property in the Stedman Street area, I would like to say that,
in my opinion, Ketchikan has reached the maximum number of tourists
we can safely and enjoyably accommodate. I don't care if the
plan is to cram more ships into the north end, the south end,
or to dig a canal and float'em on up to the top of Jackson Street.
When the number of visitors and crew in a single day exceeds
the total population of the island, which is the situation on
Thursdays if the ships are at capacity, we've reached a sensible
limit. However, I'm not naive enough to believe that the results
of the vote mean that no new docks are going in, either.
Also, I'd like to thank Dick
and Mary Kauffman for providing this forum. People on both sides
wrote in to offer serious, thought-provoking commentary on a
crucial community issue, and I appreciate the time they took
to do so, no matter what their stand. A local fellow recently
told me that he doesn't check out Sitnews too often, as most
of the letters are submitted by crackpots. Well, here's to all
us crackpots, and thanks for your input!
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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