Thank You, "Buttinskis"
By Katie Jo Parrott
August 13, 2007
I would like to wholeheartedly thank Mr. Bud Burke and Mr. Tyrell
Rettke for their recent excellent contributions to Sitnews' Viewpoints.
It was refreshing to read letters of opinion so respectfully
and eloquently written, that offered factual information while
commenting on the recent issues addressed on this forum. The
information that these men provided was enlightening, specifically
concerning the Gravina Bridge issue and Ketchikan's economy,
and they showed wisdom in the presentation of the facts alongside
their own opinions. It is always nice to hear another's input
when an attitude of presumptuousness is absent.
I also would like to commend them both for confronting the incredulous
comments of an individual in this forum, comments that were both
brazenly arrogant and ignorant, as well as highly offensive to
me and, I'm sure, other Ketchikanites. By addressing this in
the manner they did, it showed intelligence and integrity on
both of their parts, something that I believe is representative
of our community. Their tactful responses also assuaged the inner
beast in me that yearned to make retorts back in screaming capitalizations.
(It was in the works, believe me!)
Thank you specifically, Tyrell, for reminding us about Internet
etiquette, and debunking some of the misconceptions that have
been floating around on Sitnews; also, for pointing out some
key differences between our Great State and the lower 48. (I'd
like to add that Alaska has 500,000 square miles more land mass
to develop and maintain than the state of Missouri!) And thank
you to Bud for his insights as a new member of the Ketchikan
family. Your lack of pretentiousness was inspiring and especially
refreshing. We welcome you with open arms, Bud!
Katie Jo Parrott
Received August 10, 2007 -
Published August 13, 2007
About: "Ketchikan resident
since 2002. Wife and mother who is proud to be raising kids in
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