By Gregory Vickrey
September 29, 2007
There are two individuals who found it in their best interests to write specific letters to me and post them on Sitnews. Mr. Tyson's posting is a shorter version of a much longer diatribe sent to me directly. Mr. LeCompte's is apparently one of those straight-to-the-pressers. I will respond to both here and now, as they both, in one form or another, may be construed as an attempt to derail my election bid. So be it.
Mr. LeCompte wonders publicly about my lack of disclosure about personal matters in my life. It is interesting to note that he does not wonder publicly about Mike Painter and his similar lack of disclosure in the same article. Mr. LeCompte also does not point out that I also decline use of my significant other's name, as well as my newborn daughter's name, amongst other things I deem not relevant to this or any election cycle. You see, these are the same responses I gave last year.
And there are reasons why.
I became very protective of my personal space and those closest to me over the last several years due to the backlash I have received while participating in causes in which I believed. I have been a target of politicians on both the right and left over the years that have pulled every unethical trick in the book to crush me like a bug, to make my work irrelevant. Given the type of work I do in this community, I come under some pretty heavy 'scrutiny' here as well, and I recognize it comes with the territory.
Sometimes that 'scrutiny' crosses the line. It crosses the line when people dislike me and/or what I do for a living so much that they begin to act out beyond interacting with me in a civil manner.
When people repeatedly vandalize
my car, for example, it is crossing the line. Or when the hate
mail goes to someone in my family other than me, it is crossing
the line. Or when people drive around Ketchikan ripping down
my campaign signs at various locations on the eve of an election,
over and over, it is crossing the line. Or when I tell a group
of people at a meeting a year ago that I worked on a particular
project and for 6 weeks someone from here blasted that project
for my involvement, it is crossing the line. I could go on, but
I think you get the point. My point is this: by running for office,
my goal is to improve this community. I will not put my family
under further stress and scrutiny than it already is if I can
avoid it, however. I think the list of examples above is long
enough, don't you? So, to that end, I limit what access people
have to my private life because there are those out there that
get a kick out of crossing the line and/or seek to hurt me and
I am sorry if this answer is not satisfying. I suppose if I knew you and trusted you, none of this would be an issue. But, as it is, I do not know you, and wonder about your motive for sending such a letter to Sitnews when you could have easily sent one to me directly, like others did. Perhaps you really want me lose ala Lew Williams? Perhaps you know who goes around stealing my yard signs? Perhaps you are just playing devil's advocate? I suspect I will never know.
As for Mr. Tyson, I will now address your email. First, you say "we will have to assume that the road did in fact meet the proper standards". Mr. Tyson, in fact, this road project is still under investigation by the Corps of Engineers, as confirmed as recently as last week. So your assumption about the road meeting proper standards and not needing permits is not correct at this point in time. You ask if I support the operation of the mill. I support the value added work they do at the mill, increasing the value per board foot. I do not support chipping operations or round log exporting practices, and it is difficult for me to say how much they do of either. As for federal, state, and local timber sales to provide timber for that particular mill, those should be analyzed on a case-by-case basis - and will be.
Again, thanks to all the stalwart supporters out there. We must be doing something right when they start piling on like this, so keep fighting the good fight, friends! And everyone, no matter where you stand and who you stand with, please vote October 2nd.
Raise your voice at www.gregoryvickrey.com!
About: Candidate for Ketchikan Borough Assembly.
Received September 27, 2007 - Published September 29, 2007
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