By Douglas Thompson
September 30, 2006
It must be election time again, for I am being told over and
over how much good has been done for me by those incumbents and
retread incumbents over the past years.
I am left with the truth that seems apparent: My goal isn't their
goal. If any with the lone exception of Tom Coyne have tried
to improve the lot of the general citizenry I have missed it.
I have to think that the people who want to run are the very
people that should not. (Maybe we need some kind of draft wherein
a person serves for one term and one term only?).
I see overgrown egoes running amok, special interests served,
money wasted and/or given to cronies, the business of governing
the area turned into something of a 'social club' with no observable
improvement for the general citizen.
Here are a few of the instances of "good" that pop
to mind done by the past groups:
Blew 24 million in impact funds (sent by Stevens to help the
'community') and made a very few people very rich with our money.
Then when they had paid a premium for Ward Cove with our money
they failed to develop a boat harbor with that land which could
have generated business (marine related retail, fishing fleet,
traveling yachts as well as locals could have had a place to
benefit and grow) but sold it off for far less than they had
paid for it.
Tried to run off Walmart, then immediately flipflopped and annexed
it so they could tax it. Imposing themselves on Shoreline etc.
In fact their hypocracy and egoes know no bounds. Having demonstrated
no ability to efficiently govern they sought to impose themselves
in a way to make any dictator proud on the communities of Hyder
and Meyers Chuck. The displayed greed has no bounds.
Given up completely the fallacy that unification would mean savings
and now admit they just want more government at any cost.
When I go to the airport I can not park in front to drop off
or pick up but twenty rental cars have immediate parking in reserved
spaces by the door.
Every cop has his own car for personal use that we pay for, many
gas guzzling SUV's. Each getting a car they then claim a minimum
of two must answer all calls and the council grants it, the solution
of putting two in a car beyond them. Approximately eighty personnel
in a town the size of which in the real world might justify a
dozen. Retirements and salaries not justified by performance
or ability. (when was the last time they solved a major crime
or triumphed in a major court case). For all this expenditure
of our money we get a force that is a laughing stock among police
agencies statewide. It is getting to the point that every city/borough
employee above the rank of secretary has a car provided at our
Streets that just can't seem to be paved in a timely or professional
manner (six months to work on the street by Service Auto!!!).
A side note: The same state contract writers and spec enforcers
would be in charge of a bridge. If they can't pave Tongass Avenue
I don't think I want to drive on any bridge they are in charge
of! Sure, it was the state but the local government could have
put its foot down, or at least tried too!
The bridge, ah yes the bridge. Let us by all means benefit a
very few at gross expense to the taxpayers. We now have a project
that is not going to save any time, will cost more than giving
free ferry fares and adding nonstop ferry service (you could
run an entire fleet on just the mainentance of a bridge!)and
will disrupt the industry we have, add conjestion to the downtown,
and of course if you could drive to the airport this bunch wouldn't
let you park within walking distance!
Schoenbar Middle School--what a joke. Between the Borough and
the School Board and their hugely overpaid superintendent none
of them seem to be able to handle a simple project.
I could go on and on but I am sure you get the drift. If at
any time you bring such problems to their attention you get one
of their standard replies: "You don't understand."
or "We'll refer it to staff."
Therein lies another costly problem. Allowing the managers to
build a better resume at our cost by increasing the bureaucracies
and writing their own checks. In effect the managers run the
show with the elected 'officials' being 'official' apple polishers.
In lite of such impressive talents, I can only call on the incumbents
and past incumbents to step aside and let those who haven't had
a chance at us yet to do so. This is an instance wherein the
old adage fits just right: You screw me once, shame on you,
screw me twice, shame on me.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
Received September 27, 2006 - Published September 30, 2006
About: "I am a third generation Ketchikan resident of 56
years. I am an expert in being flim flammed (now call 'spin')
by politicians both professional and amateur."
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