Jewelry Stores and Racism
By David Hull
August 29, 2007
Come on now; let's get realistic here on the Jewelry store petition.
Regardless of what anyone thinks, the petition has nothing to
do with racism. It has, in my opinion, everything to do with
the changes tourism has brought to Ketchikan. People who have
lived here a long time, me included, want the old Ketchikan back.
I also want to be 21 again, but that isn't likely to happen.
I can remember the assault on the bars downtown because it was
thought there were too many of them. They were open too late
and let in the kids too young (i.e. age 19 drinking age). Well,
people got their wish and now it's jewelry stores people want
to limit. It does beg the question, Who is next?
If I were to hazard a guess, the wrong type of business has been
targeted. We should have started with the espresso shops that
have cropped up everywhere. Why if we outlawed those little
babies everyone's nerves would even out and the number of jewelry
stores wouldn't matter so much. Who can think straight at that
The best right decision made so far was the Borough Assembly's
to start a long range planning effort for the downtown. Hopefully
the courage to move that effort forward will remain despite the
inevitable stepped on political toes that will complain about
it. It is the right thing to do. What about the initiative?
Well, like it or not they have the same right to not want any
more jewelry stores as the Chamber's right to defend building
more. A person could draw a parallel with Israel and the West
Bank but then we get back to the racism thing. Let's just let
democracy take its course.
If you want to limit the jewelry stores then vote for it; if
you don t want to limit the type of stores then vote against
it. If you don't vote then keep quiet. What could be more American?
It is interesting to note that the last time I checked the poll
on the matter here on Sitnews, it said that 60% of the people
were for the initiative. I remember a very good native friend
of mine, once told me that he, wasn't racist, I hate everybody
the same! Is that what the poll was telling us, that we hate
everyone the same? That makes more sense to me than blaming
it on racism.
Now, let's get back to the bridge ..
Received August 28, 2007 -
Published August 29, 2007
About: "A longtime resident,
speaking for himself and not associated with any group likely
to claim me, or not."
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