By David Hull
October 07, 2005
Oh my, now we must BEAR (need I point out that pun) the burden of critique from those who now can't stand to see fish fly, or at least Alaskan fish it would seem. Mr. Ciminel, you really should just come up and hook one of the real Kings. You would swear they really do fly! That is of course if you like fishing in the first place. They do have great fishing in Georgia you know.
You know, I understand there is a lot of opposition to the money being spent up here for things you don't agree with. There are people living right here in Ketchikan who don't agree with it either, but it is the people who live here in Ketchikan whose opinion carry the weight with me. What has someone else's opinion from down south gotten us here in Alaska so far? Let's see.
Here in Southeast, opinions from down south have destroyed a way of life in the timber industry that existed for almost 50 years. Despite popular opinion, it isn't only Alaskan fishing boats that are over fishing the waters up here. With gas at over $3 a gallon, no one wants to touch ANWR or build a gas pipeline so we can send natural gas to the lower states.
With all that is going on in the devastated areas of the Gulf States right now, Alaska could really be helping the nation right now by providing needed energy at a reasonable cost, but for some opinions to the contrary from places and people who do not live here we are not.
By the way Mr. Ciminel, did you know that people from Ketchikan have raised thousands of dollars to send to the disaster areas of the Gulf Coast and the local fire department sent four of its members to help out also? Did you also know there is a grassroots effort to send the "bridge" money back? I am sure that doesnt' matter at all to you does it? We are all just takers up here in Alaska are we not? All us "Smokescreen'en Pork Barrelers".
As for the "bridge to nowhere" and now the "Salmon-Thirty-Salmon", if you can get a grant passed, Mr. Ciminel, to fund a study to figure out a way to teach your pig to fly I'll support you. Heck, I have almost used up the one I got to teach my pig to sing. Boy is that porker cranky. Can't sing a note neither.
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