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Not naive
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!

Suzan Thompson
Ketchikan, AK - USA



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