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Halloween on Jackson Street
By Rhiann Golder


November 05, 2005

I have read viewpoints here on Sitnews for years and never felt the need to comment on anything, until now.

I have tried to put myself in the shoes of residents of Jackson street and can definitely see both sides of the story. It is no doubt expensive for families who choose to stay home and pass out candy to trick-or-treaters and it is obviously an inconvience to those who have to sit in the dark and pretend to be gone all night so they don't have to answer their door 1000 times. I won't argue with anyone on those points.

The thing that got to me was the comments on being denied access to one's house and how it was never mentioned that in buying a house on Jackson street that one would have to put up with Halloween, trick-or-treaters, road blocks, and everything that comes with it.

Every year 3 miles of our main road are shut down for the 4th of July parade. During that time countless people are denied access to their homes and businesses along Tongass Ave and (don't get me wrong I love the parade and participate in it every year). Just last month countless people were denied access to their homes during paving on parts of North and South Tongass Highway and people are going to complain about shutting down one hill for a couple of hours for the safety of hundreds of children. Good grief!!! Park your car at the top of the hill and walk down to your house. If it was an emergency I'm sure they would have let you through.

I know a couple families on Jackson Street. I think next year I am going to go out to Walmart fill a cart with candy and go trick-or-treating on Jackson Street. However, I'm going to do it on October 30th and instead of taking candy I'm going to drop it off. I'll know that I have done my share to help fellow community members who feel that the safety of our communities children is more important than the inconvenience of having to sit in ones car for 15 minutes waiting to get home.

If you don't want to deal with Halloween on Jackson street then put your house on the market and I'm sure some Halloween loving, safety conscious, caring community member will buy your house!

Thank you to everyone on Jackson Street who stayed home and provided a safe environment for our communities youngsters!

Rhiann Golder
Ketchikan, AK - USA




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