Limiting free enterprise is
not new to Ketchikan!
By Rick Watson
August 31, 2007
Correct me if I am wrong but if I wanted to open a Red Lobster
in town and have a bar in it or to serve spirits to the diners
I would not be able to unless there is an existing liquor license
for sale. To me that is not free enterprise. To say that limiting
liquor licenses in town would cut down on drinking is twisted.
All it does is funnel those that want a drink into the limited
ones available. So what is the difference between that and limiting
Although I do agree in principle about limiting the number, or
type, or way they are allowed to operate, mainly because I have
heard it from so many visiting friends, relatives and tourist
that when they came here, they came to see Alaska not jewelry
stores, I also do not feel comfortable in limiting free enterprise.
Perhaps there is some merit here and coming up with a solution
like requiring new jewelry stores to be open year round or some
other limiting factor might help cut down the number of summer
only jewelry stores. But for the chamber, city, borough, and
future leaders to stick their head in the sand and say things
like "I doubt it will pass" only asks for support
out of pure spite. In reality they have a duty to address these
issues and to come up with workable solutions regardless of the
pre and post election results or perhaps they should seek other
lines of community involvement.
Received August 29, 2007 -
Published August 31, 2007
About: "30+ Year Ketchikan
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