By Randy Williams
October 15, 2005
It is time for Ketchikan to look towards a changing future where it can retain it's small town flavor and distinct characteristics but sees the potential growth that will insure the communities life for future generations.
I can remember running down to the docks and getting money from my uncles when the fishing boats were in, I can remember fishing on Noise Island when we fished for more than 12 hours. Unfortunately none of my children or nieces or nephews fish anymore. We were once a big fishing family out of Klawock but things have changed. I regret that my children will not know this life but things change. I remember climbing Deer Mountain before there were houses up there and a developed hiking trail, but things change, I remember picking berries with my cousins and Aunts and my Aunt making a delicious blueberry pie, but things change. I remember when the paved road ended at Alder Park and Carlana was where you bought fireworks for the 4th of July, Ahh but things change. I remember selling halibut cheeks to the old Beanery Restaurant for money to go to the Revilla Theater, how things change. I remember Neil Gray on the Radio and having TV sign off at 12:00 at night, things change.
It is time for a newer Ketchikan, it may not be the one I remember but it will be one that my children can remember and their memories will be different but just as good of a Ketchikan that will change with every generation whether we want it to or not.
Don Hoff, I still think the bridge is a good idea and I trust the Native leadership to see that your issues are addressed.
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