By Don Hoff Jr.
September 19, 2005
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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