by Barbara Diamond
November 30, 2004
I'm sorry for the way our ancestors treated the native people, and let's not forget the fate of the black man. Nothing can ever be done to make up for it. We can never know the pain and suffering your people have endured. We can never give back what was taken away. We can only endeavor to help you and your people to have the best life possible in spite of what was taken away. I can only speak for myself, but I truly wish more could be done for the native people.
Remember what it was like balancing the budget when you were on the Ketchikan City Counsel. If our government doesn't balance the budget, we all will suffer no matter what color our skin. Life is not perfect, I am not perfect, you are not perfect and we all know that the government is not perfect.
We may not like the cards that have been dealt us, but the fact remains we all need to learn to live together on this planet. You have a great deal of energy and focus Don, unite with your people, help your people to unite and work together, but remember, nothing ever stays the same, things change and it's called evolution. Evolution is inevitable regardless. Do you remember the Blue Fox Café on Front Street in Ketchikan, AK? I do, and I remember when the native people were not allowed to dine in that café. I also remember when the native people were allowed to dine in that cafe. Sometimes evolution is a good thing.
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