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Deer Mountain: Mental Health Logging Threat

By Norbert Chaudhary


August 25, 2016
Thursday PM

While I understand the true goal of this Deer Mountain logging threat is a land swap, I believe the blackmail tactics being used by the Alaska Department Of Mental Health are despicable.

Holding a gun to the head of a community is not the best way to gain support for their cause on this or on any future issue - something the Mental Health folks would do well to keep in mind.

Who in their right mind... could make a decision to hold Alaskans hostage till thier demands are met? How could the Alaska Department of Mental Health think this is a good idea? And why should the people of Alaska reward this behavior?

To have stooped to the level of threatening an Alaskan community calls into question the very legitimacy of an Alaskan State bureaucracy whose alleged purpose is the care and well being of Alaskans.

If this is what a branch of our State Government has come to, then perhaps it is time to reassess the charter and leadership of the Alaska Department of Mental Health.

I urge the Ketchikan City and Borough leaders and the people of our community to take this threat seriously and act accordingly.

Norbert Chaudhary
Ketchikan, Alaska

Received August 25, 2016 - Published August 25, 2016

About: "Deer Mtn regular and 22 year KTN resident "

Related News:

First step taken toward logging Deer Mountain by Leila Kheiry. KRBD - The Alaska Mental Health Trust took its first step toward logging Ketchikan’s iconic Deer Mountain, along with a parcel in Petersburg. - Read or listen to this KRBD story...


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