Just east of Nowhere
By Robert McRoberts
August 14, 2007
I have read some good stuff lately -- and then some that is just...
well in need of serious help. I really don't know much either
but I have my opinions too.
Ketchikan Alaska - just east of Nowhere - a community that is
torn over the way of the tourist... and they can be in the way.
But I really don't mind being in their way when I am off the
I enjoy looking at all the
interesting people who visit. Sure I wonder what they are thinking
when they step out in front of big dump trucks. But the locals
are just as bad except they try to race out in front of you only
to turn and hold up traffic or go flying by you and others in
some big hurry only to be in front of you at the next stop in
traffic. The tourist themselves do not bother me. But I wonder
how much we are getting dependent on them. What if something
happens and tourism stops or slows down?
Jewelry stores -- well if people aren't buying jewelry, why are
they still in business here? The thing that bothers me about
jewelry stores are the few workers who stand out on the sidewalks
flicking their butts into the gutter and harassing people to
come into their shops. This behavior should not be allowed. But
as long as they're legal let them be -- they spend their monies
here too and as a community we need to keep the money moving
around town. If I didn't enjoy snow machining so much I would
leave town all winter too.
We're getting ready to put some new blood into our government.
I thought about running for a seat but I know that they would
not give me the borough manager job. Why! I would not care about
lost ships coming to town in favor of a cheep small bridge from
the IFA terminal to the end of the airport. I would hold a land
lottery over on Gravina to get the land on the tax rolls. I would
jump on the chance to take back the property at Ward Cove and
build a trash recycle plant there. I would hire my friends for
jobs. I would not try to take on more territory for so few $$$$.
Seems we take over the Misty Fjords we have to maintain a monument
-- besides all that I would push a sewer system for the whole
north end so I could go out and install it and get investigated
for abusing my job. Yea we're all better if i just keep digging
With that said I just better go to work and let the ones who
know more about corruption and lies sit in front of us and tell
us how good they are. I am an easy going kind of person with
so many good friends in this community that as long as I am with
them we will live a good life. Adapt, improvise and overcome.
Just do a good job that you can be proud of. The people of Ketchikan
love to talk bad about others to make themselves look better.
Received August 10, 2007 - Published August 14, 2007
About: "Just a person
living on the rock. that loves the good people we have here and
laughs at the fools trying to cut down others. Too bad people
come to our community and take advantage of our lives."
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