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Living in a vacuum?
By Vicki Harsha


August 23, 2006

Hmmm implied status because of long term residence? Not traveling any further than Pennock or Gravina means living in a vacuum?

Maybe living in a vacuum could be because one is angered at an inconvenience of not being able to pay a local bill online? Maybe living in a vacuum could mean wanting only to do EVERYTHING from a computer? I know paying my bill by mail, or taking it to KPU, may give me the opportunity to greet my mailman with a smile as he collects my outgoing mail, or visit with the KPU customer service rep for a few minutes when I go to pay in person, and if I am fortunate, I may have the opportunity to exchange hello with another KPU customer who is doing the same!

Our community is typically friendly and courteous, and we do not normally label people or their ideals as living in a vacuum because of their residence status or ideals! We live here because we so choose, not because we haven't left, but typically, because we have! If we want to improve the quality of our lives, we talk to our council members, borough members, school board members, teachers, coaches, parents, pastors and fellow citizens; and we talk to them with respect, courtesy and professionalism which we expect from their elected office, just as they expect the same from us.

And, if we are lucky enough to save a little time in our life, we talk to them on the front steps of KPU or in front of their mailbox s as they are paying their bills!

Vicki Harsha
Ketchikan, AK - USA

About: "Resident of 41 years, and also had the chance to celebrate the 4th of July on Pennock many times and this always broadened my horizons! "


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