Time to Rethink the Gravina
By Robert D. Warner
October 01, 2005
Perhaps it is time for Ken Levy
and others to rethink their positions on the Gravina Bridge to
Nowhere. Alaska, Ketchikan, and Representative Young have
become legitimate targets of vocal criticism from all over the
nation because of this wasteful spending. The reallocation
of these funds to aid the poor folks in Louisiana, Mississippi,
and Texas would be a good faith effort to help people
who have lost almost everything. It just makes good sense.
It might even improve the tarnished image of Ketchikan.
The idea that the "bridge will create jobs" is a narrow
minded myth. What about the thousands and thousands
of jobs that have been lost in areas hit by the hurricanes?
What about the bridges and roads that have been destroyed
in these areas? They were certainly bridges and roads to
somewhere. Most were likely essential to communities and
industries. There is nothing essential about the Gravina
It wasn't that long ago that Alaska needed Federal
funding to rebuild and recover from a tragic earthquake.
We may need it again sometime. Let's give up some
pork to help others recover from these catastrophic
Robert D. Warner
Ketchikan, AK - USA
To Gravina Island By Ken Levy - Ketchikan, AK - USA
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