Public Forum & Candidates'
By Michelle Fry
October 06, 2008
Mr. White, I agree one hundred percent that everyone should read
the public forum prior to voting. However, how can the citizens
of Ketchikan properly vote if 1) the candidates running do not
provide a statement about themselves and 2) provide information
about what their plans are for the city. It seems as if those
running feel a statement would be a waste of time. Why? Because
running for office in Ketchikan is just a popularity contest.
The perception of this mentality is that I have this in the
bag no need to waste my time with a statement. I find this
very disappointing, disturbing, and highly deceptive.
The candidates running should be REQUIRED to 1) provide a statement,
2) experience in the area they are running, 3) any education
they may have in the field, and 4) provide benchmarks on their
past performance of what they said they were going to do in the
last election. Why? Because this is a job application process
representing the citizens of Ketchikan, not their own interests.
As it stands, a vote is given on who you know, what you do,
and how long you have lived in Ketchikan. PLEASE! Over the
years I have witnessed individuals sitting on the school board
who do not have an education beyond a HS diploma. Can they honestly
determine the best solution and/or guide our future generation
in the right direction when they are a product of their own environment?
I am saddened by the lack of respect shown to the public by these
individuals that are elected to represent the majority while
their true interests are transparent. Based on the track record
of most of these candidates, we might as well find the most popular
ape at the zoo and put him in office.
One last thing, if the people of Ketchikan do not stand up and
DEMAND change, everything will stay the same. If everything
stays the same, do not moan and groan in the Sitnews that you
are sick and tired of how things are being run. Break the chain
of poor leadership.
Ketchikan property owner
Port Saint Lucie, FL
Received October 05, 2008 -
Published October 06, 2008
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