A Bright Future
By Mellanie Isner
August 20, 2007
The debate continues, do we have too many jewelry stores downtown?
This issue has polarized those interested in Ketchikan's future.
While there have been some ugly insinuations I continue to see
the discussion a healthy one. Perhaps signaling out one industry
was not the best path to obtain the outcome the Citizens for
Ketchikan's Future desired. I volunteered to be a sponsor and
will stay with the project to its eventual outcome, whatever
that outcome is.
However, I have some concerns. My comments here are personal
and do not necessarily represent CKF, its sponsors or any of
the petition signers. To rephrase former President Reagan's words
- Mr. Skinner, please stop making unsupported comments! At a
recent meeting you declared you (as Chamber President) have over
150 letters/faxes/emails supporting the opposition to our petition.
Now Monday during a radio show you said 50% of the sponsors have
pulled out. I would simply request you to provide proof of these
In closing I must also say I was more than insulted when you
insisted during that meeting the Citizens for Ketchikan's Future
were motivated by bigotry, hatred and racism. Your words were
entirely inappropriate. This is a community planning (or lack
of) issue not a race war. We want the same thing, a bright future
for our town.
Received August 16, 2007 -
Published August 20, 2007
About: "Lifelong Ketchikan
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