Election Day is upon us Ketchikan
By Patrick Jirschele
October 01, 2005
Election Day is upon us
Ketchikan. How say you, will you be patriotic Alaskans and vote,
or will you be sheep and stay home to watch Survivor on the boob
tube? I'm afraid I know the answer. About 22% patriots and 78%
It is not the U.S. flag lapel pins that make you a patriot any
more than a car with magnetic ribbons all over it supports our
fighting men and women. It is your actions. The most important
patriotic action you can take and the easiest is to vote. Vote
for candidates who will put the financial and physical security
of the community first.
How is the Borough doing? A good way to measure its performance
is to look at the schools. Two of seven public schools are shut
down. For a couple of years the students from these schools have
been passed around like refugees. The middle school is now located
in an abandoned clothing store in the mall. The community has
passed millions of dollars in bonds to try to fix the debacle.
No one has been held responsible.
John Harrington has School Board and building contract experience.
This mess with the school buildings would have never happened
on his watch. He gets my vote. I want to see Mike Sallee and
David Landis back on the Assembly. Both were the lone voice of
reason at times, but you have to have more than two voices to
carry the vote.
There are some newcomers that I like, but I want to watch them
for a while and make sure they aren't single issue candidates
or in it for personal gain. The first order of business for the
last newcomer I voted for was to give himself a raise, the second
was to land no-bid contracts. Maybe next time for these guys.
As far as the Mayor, it is time for change.
The School Board is not responsible for the building debacle.
They have been spending most of their time mitigating the damage
caused by the mismanagement of the Borough. Susan Walsh has been
doing a great job under the circumstances, and I'll vote for
Keith Smith too.
Again some newcomers show promise. I heard Carl Webb is Hannah
Ramiskey's son-in-law, so I'm sure he would get some direction
there. Maybe next time.
I can't vote in the city election,
but if I could I'd have to cast one for Kj Harris. I know him
by reputation as a straight talking big man with a bigger heart.
He isn't afraid to use his business to raise money for someone
in need and always to raise cash for kids.
Remember if you don't vote, you're a sheep, and you are setting
yourself up to be fleeced again.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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