PROPOSITION 1 AND CANDIDATES
By Charles Edwardson
September 28, 2007
Who and what you're voting for is important, understanding what
you're voting for and who will best represent the majority is
what the election process is all about. All Borough assembly
candidates and city council candidates have an obligation to
the voters to let us know where you stand. Either for a particular
issue or against.
I have a hard time supporting candidates who remain neutral on
contentious issues, such as proposition 1 "the Jewelry store
initiative" I would like to know what candidates signed
any petitions on either side of the issue for or against.
Our representatives ultimate duty to this communities is mainly
financial, everything to do with services, of any kind result
in the need for financial support. Making the decisions of both
Borough Assembly, and city council requires an understanding
of the finances of this city. When a candidate signs a petition
to limit private enterprises that contributes a large amount
of money into our revenue base. I would like to know why. The
positive economic trickle down effect of the visitor industry
is an undeniable fact. The industry has had a positive economic
effect in Ketchikan and will only continue if we are able to
embrace the industry and capitalize on it as much as we can.
This is not rocket science. More Visitors=more revenue vs. fewer
Visitors= less revenue. To discourage any business in any way
that is not harmful to the public is irresponsible and the voters
on proposition 1 should understand that the negative economic
effects of limiting private enterprise in my opinion would outweigh
the positive economic effects, the comment that "I just
do not like all the jewelry stores in town" has been parroted
by many people. I think that not having the huge amount of revenue
that they produce in both sales tax ,property tax, and the supporting
business that surround this industry would be "liked"
even less. I urge you to vote responsibly understand the issue
and do not let nostalgia, and sentiment steer your understanding
of the financial realities of "today's" Ketchikan.
We need this industry in any form that it takes.
The more we inhibit business in any way the less development
into new business will happen. And if a candidate who is running
on pro business and pro development signed an anti business petition
I think we the voters should know this so we can make our considerations
at the polls.
Received September 26, 2007
- Published September 28, 2007
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