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Ketchikan School Board's Decisions

By Charles Edwardson


August 26, 2020
Wednesday AM

My Name is Charles Edwardson I am writing this publication not representing any organized boards, organizations, tribes, governments, non profits or any other groups or individuals in any way, these are my thoughts and my thoughts alon . Feel free to contact me direct at 254-9000 with any comments rebuttals or criticism or support. I won’t get into a back and forth on this publication.

I am writing to express my appreciation for the City of Ketchikan Alaska’s school board for making the right decisions and standing their ground in an obviously polarized situation and considered what is best for the children of this community and opening the schools to the extent that we can safely do.

I have two daughters who teach in the district, my niece who is like a daughter to me teaches in the district, my wife has been a para for nearly 20 years, and a son in-law who teaches in the district and my sister teaches as well, along with another daughter who is a substitute teacher to help pay her way through college not to mention my three grandkids who all attend school in our district.

They all know the risks and have made a choice to put our children first, and do their jobs .

I respect and understand the position of people who are understandably fearful to either go back to work and teach or fearful to send their kids back to school, I would ask for the same consideration from this community for those of us who choose to put our best foot forward and carry on with life with our choices as well.

We do not need mandates, to protect us from ourselves. 

Please let’s all respect each other’s decisions and stop trying to decide what is best for our neighbors, respect and love your neighbors and their personal decisions.

Charles Edwardson
Ketchikan, Alaska


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Received August 18, 2020 - Published August 26, 2020

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