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Unlucky Timing
By Mark Gatti


August 22, 2005

This is the time of the year when lots of us residents of Ketchikan get frustrated with all the crowded sidewalks and streets. No wonder someone who is undecided to vote no or yes on the way to the polls and gets stuck behind a bus or a trolley will side against the cruise ship expansion project.

Why not have the vote several weeks after the cruise ships leave. This way people will have time to settle into their thoughts. I fine it very unfair that such an important issue is brought to the polls in the peak of the cruise ship season. I have worked in tourism for 15 years. I have been frustrated many times trying to dodge my way through traffic this time of year, but I still see the importance of keeping the cruise lines interested in coming here.

If I did not work in tourism and I had to fight my way through traffic on the way to the polls, there is no question as to how I would vote.

Mark Gatti
Tourism industry worker
Ketchikan, AK - USA



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