Progressive or Wild West.
The Jewelry Store Showdown. Ketchikan Style.
By Elroy C. Edenshaw
August 31, 2007
The question is "What's Next"? Or what's wrong and
where do we go? I like the fact we as a whole can decide or make
a choice. When I have concerns is when a few or one or two individuals
take it upon themselves to decide for us. I am glad to hear so
much support for democracy or governmental process or support
for majority rule to decide this latest initiative brought by
the people of Ketchikan.
So with that said, I support limited entry management of quantity
of jewelry stores. My reasoning or opinion is that I've seen
the quality of jewelry stores decline. Meaning I like seeing
high quality, high end jewelry stores but what I've been seeing
is more and more jewelry surplus type stores. And when winter
or tourist season ends our downtown looks like its preparing
for a typhoon hurricane which is depressing even after some paint
. I would like to see more year round businesses open and maybe
some day we could have a nice gallery walk around the holidays.
And I think the initiative would support that change.
To give a little personal information, our family shops a lot
on-line just because the lack of choices and quality and prices
here. When I first came here in the late 70's, Tongass store
was the only place to shop and what I learned quickly is Alaskans
always planned as to what goods were going to be bought and what
was priority. Milk was sold frozen and even movies had to be
taped by someone because of lack of the availability of TV stations
or cable. I can also remember all the loggers and fishermen and
when a Navy boat came in, it was like the wild west. We've come
a long way since then I hope. I remember people saying these
words, "There's one church for every bar in the town of
Ketchikan". Like they say, what's next. Are we going to
start limiting the places of worship? I don't know.
As I get older what I decide as priority has changed and matured
and what I thought was a worthy fight in my past days has changed.
Reasoning and hindsight are my tools today. And maybe as a community
as a whole we can use reasoning and hindsight and learn from
our past and avoid making this initiative into something that
it is not. We as a whole can make that decision. A progressive
decision, mature decision, and one that is best for our community.
But most importantly, a decision made by a US citizen. Democracy,
freedom, let's keep doing it because it does not come free.
Elroy C. Edenshaw
Received August 30, 2007 -
Published August 31, 2007
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