Pot calling the kettle black
by Bill Thomas Sr.
October 20, 2004
I'm assuming this is one of at least several responses to Mr.
Stan Hewitt's letter to the editor that was published October
18 [Ketchikan Daily News]. I've lived here over 40 years and
learned who Mr. Hewitt is. I first knew him when he ran the best
eating place in Ketchikan. I've known him to contribute his skills
and resources to this community. I've regarded him to be what
I call a "pillar" in this community. It's people like
that for my reason for making this my home. I admire the candidness
he used in demonstrating his racial prejudice by making reference
to Gravina Island. He implicated many prominent citizens of this
community. I consider anybody that lives anywhere a prominent
citizen. The land was not "given" to "Natives".
The people indigenous to this country are original owners of
the land. He will probably say the western civilization bought
this land. I say it was stolen. But that argument will go one
as long as there is someone with desire to keep it going.
When he says they clear-cut
every inch, who decided what trees were to be harvested? Who
was in charge of marketing? Who ran the chain saws? Who ran the
equipment? Who made the profit? I have maintained a subsistence
way of life when I have access to what resource is left.
What does Greenpeace hurt?
If they didn't advocate for cleaner air, water and responsible
use of the land. Who would? So far, nobody has demonstrated an
interest to do that. A safe environment and clean air are important
to me. And every plant contributes to clean air. So where is
the problem? Who built the cars and makes the whiskey? Speaking
of which, I won't go into.
This is the case of the pot
calling the kettle black. I found it interesting that two respected
grocery stores were used in this slur. Sorry, I guess I missed
the point, if there was one.
Bill Thomas Sr.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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