Yes to White Cliff Center
By Jessica Clark
September 26, 2006
The White Cliff Center presents Ketchikan with an exceptional
opportunity to do what we do best: pool our resources in the
most efficient manner possible for the maximum benefit to our
community. This one project will preserve a historic building,
bring community groups together, support arts-based activities,
and it will help us recruit and retain a quality workforce. As
a local recruiter, it is this last item I wish to address more
In the US today, there are simply less people available to do
more work. Healthcare presents a dramatic example of this, but
most industries are facing a workforce crisis. Employers are
caught up in a frustrating cycle of having too many vacant positions
which cause additional stress for existing employees, who are
lured away by new opportunities, which creates even more vacancies.
Today s applicant no longer looks at the job first; now, it s
all about lifestyle. And professionals are burned out. They are
tired of breathing air they can see, of grueling commutes that
grind to a stop, and of living in over-crowded cities where they
don t know their neighbors, teachers or co-workers. Ketchikan
has what most of America yearns for- not just opportunities to
participate in art or recreation; but a true, high quality lifestyle.
Our town comes together at spaghetti feeds, we buy raffle tickets
to support each others causes, and we see everyone we know in
the grocery store. We also go to music and theatrical events
and we see our doctor, our nurse, and our patient in a whole
new light. We see them as individuals and as friends. This is
how a small town becomes a community.
Ketchikan knows how to pool resources to provide the best services
possible. Funding the White Cliff Center will capitalize on this
strength. It will bring more opportunities for everyone. It will
also show that we value our history, we value our seniors, and
we value the arts. I endorse Proposition 1 and 2 on the October
3rd ballot. Please join me in voting Yes on White Cliff.
About: "I am writing this
Letter as an individual. However, I am a local healthcare recruiter.
Having an active arts community is a big draw for potential new
employees. We also let candidates visiting our area know if there
is an arts event happening while they are here. "
On the Web:
Proposition 1 - Sales Tax Increase:
For the full text of Ordinance No. 1403 click here
Proposition 2 - Bonds: For
the full text of Ordinance No. 1404 click here
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