By Ken Lewis
September 26, 2006
Dogs Playing Poker is Art.
Art appreciation should not
be a one way street. Why is it I feel unappreciated after reading
all the justifications about taxing our Island residents for
the White Cliff project? According to my simple math, this project
will equate to over1000 bucks for every man, woman and child.
That is 5K to a family of 5 over time. 14 thousand residents
times 1K each equals 14 million bucks. If Buba and da Backwoods
boys do not form a legitimate third political party, man purses
will be required to change the oil on the truck.
If my taxes help pay for museums to hang art, classrooms and
teachers to teach art, public school auditoriums for performing
arts and a one percent for arts applies to every public buildings
cost factor? Those facts indicate Taxation for Art appreciation
already exists. Add to this, my personal support to local artists
by purchasing at least 5 grand in their works over time to adorn
my sheet rock. And yes, I have kicked in to KRBD and purchased
many an art oriented raffle (fund raiser) tickets for 30 years
around here. But it is not enough! Nor will it prevent these
groups from competing for fund raising monies in this small generous
community with all the other non profit, positive alternative
groups, not covered by taxation.
If the majority of Ketchikan mAlaska residents or 51 percent
want to pay for this project, it could be done by putting one's
money where their mouth is: Each of us will receive $1100 perm
fund dollars from the State of Alaska in one month! That's a
fact; those 51 percent of Ketchikanites can pay this project
off in two years by dedicating those bonus checks. This will
allow the 49 percent trying to save for a vacation, college tuition,
baby formula or snow tires for the family clunker, to set their
own family priorities. When did Big Brother make a left turn?
Do not confuse what I just said as anti-art; consider it an alternative
to taxes, and believers in a cause as leading by example. Art
is good and so is a lot of other stuff. One percent for free
beer sounds like good stuff too.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: "I have a difficult
time exploring my left lobe, and it may be a handicap, so you
cant pick on me. "
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
White Cliff Project
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