JEWELRY STORE INITIATIVE
By Charles Edwardson
August 26, 2007
CONGRATULATIONS -- Citizens
of Ketchikan if this passes you must hold accountable the
Sponsors and signers of this initiative. If it passes a vote
they will be correct in their own reasoning and vindicated in
their own minds and still wrong, and in the misguided majority.
That majority (if it happens to pass a vote) is unified in totally
misunderstanding the position this town is in. if you think that
anyone is going to benefit from their initiative you are as naive
as you are optimistic.
You Mr. Ortega. (excuse me in advance for the spelling) and any
of you signers of this position better be able to step up on
the same soap box you are on now and set up a plan to replace
the lost business you are going to create if this initiative
passes, and help start, finance, build and maintain all off these
mysterious businesses us locals are just waiting in the background
for such an initiative to be enacted, to jump start us in the
right direction. (Sarcasm if you missed that)
If you think that this silly initiative is going to all of a
sudden spark up the interest in this industry that has been around
for a decade of huge growth with little Local participation my
belief is that you are 100 percent wrong. and you will negatively
effect the outcome of the future financial viability of the downtown
area by creating a discriminatory, random hostile business environment.
One that is segregated and unfair in its practices to the only
viable downtown industry we have. This action will not go unnoticed
by the biggest single industry we have in the summer (Tourism)
and with the option of PRINCE RUPERT not far off in the horizon
and possibly a first stop for many tour boats, this would further
strengthen Prince Rupert's marketable viability. There is so
much more involved than just a few Jewelry stores and the ramifications
so more far reaching than simply limiting free enterprise. We
might as well hang a warning sign up across the bridge that is
never going to be here (DO NOT TRY TO START A BUSINESS HERE)
(sarcasm about the bridge if you missed that).
(This is only my opinion I am not representing any groups, organizations,
clubs, political parties, or uninformed loosely associated radical,
sentimental, nostalgic, individuals.) I speak only for myself
and my opinions.
And my opinion is that this initiative if it is voted upon and
passed is going to open up a lot of issues we as the taxpayers
of this city will end up dealing with. And a problem us true
locals will be dealing with long after many of the signers of
this petition leave. Many signers who have not grown up here,
and are short timers that have only been here ten or fifteen
years and that are going to retire somewhere else are not going
to have to deal with this. And the signers who have been here
since day one of their birth and plan on being laid to rest here
as I do ought to know better.
My opinion, and I am only speaking for myself, is support any
and all businesses of any kind, do not discourage them and do
not mark this town as a bigoted, backwards hick-town scared
of change. The pulp mill days, fishing days, have gone away never
to return, as with the long gone mining days and the days of
Dolly's house. Trying to historically preserve a town that has
been in constant transition since its inception is in and of
itself an exercise in futility. Because there is no one single
historical period to preserve except the First Nations that existed
here for time immemorial. And is an example of a short timer's
viewpoint, who do not know the history of this town. Industries
have changed and those of us who want to make our homes and lives
here for ourselves and our kids change with it.
Potential Mayoral candidate for the next election.
Received August 25, 2007 -
Published August 26, 2007
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