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Being fair
By Chris Elliott


August 31, 2007
Friday PM

Suzan Thompson's letter contained an interesting exchange: "We remember Alaska. Lots of jewelry stores with mountains in the background," and the reporter's comment is: "Be fair. That's only Ketchikan. There's also Anchorage---lots of t-shirt stores with mountains in the background." What will replace the jewelry stores? Why are the sponsors targeting only jewelry stores? What is it about the downtown area that really irks Ketchikanites? So long as the locally owned stores stay open year 'round, we apparently aren't bothered by the postcards, t-shirts, stuffed animals, fake totem poles, coffee cups and other ticky tacky items that crowd their display windows. Because of the tourists, residents have to wade through all this nonsense to buy aspirin, Pentel pens, Dansko shoes, and Carhartt jackets from our local merchants. If the initiative passes, the jewelry stores will be replaced with jewelry stores operating within the parameters of the ordinance, complete with Last Frontier shot glasses. Personally, I see no difference between the "jewelry stores" and these other stores. Neither represents the best of Ketchikan, but I'm not willing to sacrifice the rights of property owners on the altar of my personal preferences. Are you?

Chris Elliott
Ketchikan, AK

Received August 30, 2007 - Published August 31, 2007

About: "Pre-Statehood resident"

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