Something Good Turns Into
by Jerry Cegelske
September 15, 2004
This morning a copy of some of the Fish Pirates Daughter play
was found along Revilla Rd. It is something good, but bad
where it was found as trash. Then there was the white plastic
shopping bag in the middle on Mile 6 N. Tongass. It was
someones lunch sandwhich (good) which was now litter (bad) caused
by someones carelessness. I guess they will pay the penalty
On a more serious note, the burners and dumpers have been working
overtime on Revilla Road at the pull out. The burned Subaru
that was a little way down the road was towed to the pull out
area, then set on fire. It was a fairly nice car three
weeks ago, then the vandals broke the windows and now they set
it on fire.
They are also busy turning the area into a dump and trash area
with no respect for the decent citizens of Ketchikan, (or
themselves for that matter) as they continue their stupid ways
to trash the roads, environment, and air we breathe by dumping
and burning pallets, wood, and tires. "Let's
go have a beer, burn a few pallets and tires and make a mess!
Ya, Man, Cool, let's do it and get trashed while we trash the
place." seems to be their battle cry. Meanwhile there
are some people that try to make Ketchikan a better place by
properly taking care of their trash and cleaning up others trash.
The two photos of the Subaru show the handiwork of the destructive
slobs in the community. A month ago someone was driving
this car, now the Borough gets to clean it up. You can
see where they put the tire to burn out the engine. I wonder
if their pyromania will graduate to a higher level which will
hurt someone more than just burning their car. What happened
to the rubber hoses, the fan belt, the insulation, the plastic
interior, the nylon seat belts, the padding, the foam on
the dash, the plastic light covers and the other man made parts
of a car?
It is sad that it will take twenty years (or maybe never) for
these guys and gals to realize how stupid they are being now!
May their taxes go up exponentially to pay to clean up their
messes and the damage they are teaching others to do now, which
will continue for how many generations?
What reason is there for shooting and wasting the river otter?
I watched them play on and under the docks at Clover Pass Resort
several years ago. Now someone is deprived of the chance
to see their antics and enjoying them. People can legally
take animal during the trapping season and use their hides,
but why waste them?
There is no excuse for dumping batteries along the road when
NAPA will take them for nothing to be recycled and properly disposed
of! Now the lead and acid is in the soil and water to harm
fish and maybe their and your children in Ward Lake or when they
Burning tires is STUPID. Just like burning the car.
With the amount of carcinogens put into the air as well
as the particulate matter, they are just killing us. The
next time you fly into Ketchikan on a clear day, look toward
the horizon. That brown layer over the earth is smog, air
pollution, part of those burned tires. That is what we
are breathing now! Or should we be like California
where they don't trust any air they can't see! Let's have
some good black solid air, something firm to suck into our lungs!
Burn some more trash, tires, cars, lets get a good amount of
soot and carcinogens in the air we breathe! We will pay
the price, not only to clean this mess up, but your children
will pay with greater health problems as will our senior citizens
and everyone in between!
The Borough, (read YOUR name in place of Borough as YOU
are the Borough) needs your help in stopping this vandalism and
destruction. Speak out about it to your children and their
friends, your neighbors, and let them know you will not tolerate
it and will do something about it if you know who is doing it
(and let them know you expect them to do something also)!
Then DO it! Let the State Troopers or myself know who is
doing this. Unless we have your help the problem will not
go away, it will only get worse and you will pay more for it
each and every day. I don't know about you but I get uncomfortable
watching someone fight for a breath of air when their lungs are
shot due to the pollution they have been exposed to. That's
how my grandfather died, hooked up to an oxygen bottle.
My brother was coughing up blood from dust and the pollution
he was exposed to and will suffer for the rest of his life.
You're being exposed to it due to the stupid and illegal actions
of others, don't be a victim, fight back or you and your children
will be real victims.
Yours for a cleaner Ketchikan,
Ketchikan Gateway Borough
Ketchikan, AK - USA
A shot river otter
wasted for no good reason.
Burned wheels and tires,
Engine block dumped
at Mile 4 Revilla Rd.
Old recliner dumped
at the pull out.
Old battery dumped
to allow the acid to flow into the
water and eventually into Ward Lake, and the Ocean
Someone's lunch that
ended up as litter on N. Tongass...
Part of the script
from Fish Pirates Daughter.
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