By Andy Rauwolf
October 15, 2008
I am writing you in regard to recent "unofficial" actions of a political nature taken by Mayor Weinstein and my concern for the potential consequences that our community may be faced with.
I am speaking of Mayor Weinstein's public efforts to undermine the credibility of Governor Palin while being presented as our mayor in the national media. Although it may not have been his intent, the Mayor represented Ketchikan as far as the rest of the world is concerned. Whether his accusations are true or false, Mayor Weinstein and the City Council should fully understand what this could mean for our community. As we are all aware, Governor Palin holds the veto pen for state funded infrastructure and maintenance projects throughout Alaska.
With the global economy in a state of crisis, many of our local businesses related to tourism are worried about next year's pay check. Coupled with the loss of the timber industry and some of our fisheries in decline, it is essential that our community obtain every necessary state dollar that can be injected into our area. Should Governor Palin remain our governor, millions of dollars for Ketchikan over the next six years could be in the balance.
I respectfully request at this time that the City Council draft a letter to the Governor's office prior to the upcoming election clarifying that the actions of Mayor Weinstein do NOT represent this community in any way, nor reflect any attitudes that he may have tried to convey. In addition, copies of the letter should be circulated to each member of the Alaska State Legislature.
Received October 14, 2008 - Published October 15, 2008
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