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Pennock Island + Gravina Island = Desecration Bridge
By Don Hoff Jr.


September 19, 2005

From a story written by Sean Cockerham, Anchorage Daily News, "National spotlight has Ketchikan uncomfortable" - Ketchikan Borough Mayor Mike Salazar and City of Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein and their hired guns may have only in mind the best interests of their friends and a few rich people in Ketchikan, Alaska that are wanting a bridge so they can drive over to their properties and businesses on Gravina Island and Pennock Island. I can't imagine a few opulent people ramming a proposed bridge project to force change down our throats in Ketchikan. The only vision the Mayors have of the future of Ketchikan is how $315 million of your federal tax dollars is going to be wasted on speculation only.

From an indigenous Alaskan Native point of view, racism and discrimination toward Alaskan Natives concerns are alive and well in the State of Alaska and City of Ketchikan. We are being treated like we don't exist and turning a blind eye toward our Alaskan Native concerns about our grave sites on Pennock Island in Ketchikan.

These same speculators won't stop until they exploit all our natural resources in Alaska with impunity:

Governor Frank Murkowski has a 33-acre of family owned land - the Goldstring and Goldstone old mining sites just south of Clam Cove on Gravina Island. It is my opinion that Frank has a conflict of interest and has hidden motivations to construct a $315 million bridge to Gravina Island VIA Pennock Island to property his family owns at federal tax payers' expense. In my opinion, this also is a payback for years of friendship from Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska).

The exploiters, the termite people in Ketchikan, are trying to access our old growth timber. There is nothing that the termite people will do on Pennock Island and Gravina Island that will benefit the residents of Ketchikan but bring higher taxes and ruin the beauty of land that Americans come to see.

The $315 million federal tax dollars for the desecration bridge would be better spent to help victims of Hurricane Katrina and cities destroyed by the hurricane.

In closing, the American people may want to spend all the pork barrel money on something worth while - like helping Americans that are in need. This is my opinion only.

Don Hoff Jr.
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Related News:

National spotlight has Alaska town uncomfortable By SEAN COCKERHAM
Anchorage Daily News - Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service



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