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Ketchikan needs to expand
By James A Llanos Jr


August 02, 2007
Thursday PM

Hello to everyone and I would like to let you know how I feel on the subject. I am no where near well off or a rich person, I do not own land of any kind. But this is what I know, small towns can be like balloons. Like balloons, towns can only get so big before they bust. So the question to people is what would you like to have happen to your town?

In my opinion the town is already as big as it is going to get and the economy is not that great for many locals. Downtown is a ghost town in the winters and in the summers the majority of shops that open are owned by out of towners. So what does that leave for the local economy? Not much. I know because for many years I have had hard times trying to support my family and with a lot of the jobs seasonal -- it is not easy.

I think that the town needs a larger balloon so to speak. I think that the town needs to expand and grow or forever be stuck at one size with limited economic competition for business. Stuck with the high prices for things with a small amount of people profiting. I would not mind seeing new businesses and restaurants in town or even a commercial area. How will we know if the town can grow if we do not try?

Well in short that is my opinion. It is not right or wrong just food for thought, after all I am just me and I happen to know that I am wrong from time to time and admit it when I am. As for the native card? Well hmmm that one I am going to have to think about and be very careful how I would word it.

James A Llanos Jr
Ketchikan, AK

Received August 02, 2007 - Published August 02, 2007

About: "I am an Alaska Native Tsimshian/Tlinget and have lived in Ketchikan for over 25 years. I have no real expertise on the subject. I just got back from driving 18 wheelers down south and have gone through about 42 of the lower 48 states. I have seen many places and alot of very small out of the way places. This however does not make me an expert."


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