By Robert McRoberts
October 12, 2006
Well the smoke has pretty much cleared over White Cliff, and
it's still there. Some people can not understand. Most of us
are taxed out. I am disappointed in a few who had to attack people
voicing their opinions. I realize that when you voice your opinion
on this site you can not take it back, it's out there. I see
how people well get their feelings hurt when you say something
about something they want or like. But at least the ones that
say something are not afraid to say they care about what's going
on. My daughter once ask me why I did not just say what I wanted
to say. I couldn't explain why to her. So I started being more
direct. Why should we feel bad to tell some one what we think
rather than to let it bother us?
White Cliff School should be the new Borough Offices - no major
remodel no add ons. Fix what's broken and no more, then new computer
lines. Here's why as Terry pointed out: Parking. try to find
parking downtown in the summer. In the big cities all the theatrical
shows and art shows are downtown because they do not happen during
daily hours. There is plenty of parking and it helped other restaurants
and parking garages extend their operating time creating more
cash flow. That is why I say the Arts Council should be looking
at the old hospital site. You can tear it down, start from scratch.
Build what we need, not try to make something out of something
that is not a good foundation. Then I would not really care if
all the money we collect from Ted Faulkner and company was given
to the cause. I know we spent money on the ball fields and boat
harbors and so on. Just don't try taking it from us in more taxes.
With that said, let's move on. Years ago when the borough first
got the disaster money - before it was blown and totally wasted
- we could have done so many good things like sewer lines to
most of the residences that are draining their drain fields into
their neighbors' yards. Every one of us can come up with better
plans than the one we used. But since then we have been going
down hill. Now the borough has started looking hard to get every
dollar they can out of us. Cranked up my taxes and yet nothing
has changed. Why hasn't someone been fired for letting Schoenbar
get so far behind? I heard they're laughing at us in the capital.
Look at this bridge, it so far out there we're wasting time and
lots of money. I'm sorry, I am afraid of heights. Come on let's
get back to a simple bridge plan. This last plan looked as though
Frank is getting really desperate. Just like the gas line deal.
How come only the good old boys get to say what we want?
Awhile ago I wrote a letter saying how it could be a gift from
God if we could use the bridge money to open up a road out of
town - almost two years ago. What have we gotten out of this
money yet? Nothing. Not anything at all. If someone had been
listening we would be building roads with that money now. Driving
to Petersburg and catching the ferry north. Driving to Ketchikan
to go south. Camping and hunting. Why no one from Cape Fox Corp.
wasn't listening to me concerns me and am not even a shareholder.
All their property would be prime real-estate lots. I they only
listen to their elders and not some fool on the internet.
One thing I can tell you for
sure is that not every one in my neighborhood agrees with me
all the time, but they all seem glad I am here.
Received October 12, 2006 - Published October 12, 2006
About: Long time Ketchikan resident and business owner.
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