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Bridge Battle
By Elroy C. Edenshaw Jr.


November 18, 2005

I have been told that the best thinking/action one should contemplate when considering to run for Ketchikan Indian Community Tribal Council is this, "Keep it quiet and don't rock the boat", right before KIC's election time.

Well, I must advocate this...  I think it is important that all local leaders no matter what side of the street you are on, whether you are in favor or against building the bridge is really being short sighted. If your remarks, or your will, or opinion is that black and white, then in my opinion you are not concerned for the best or even concerned for your own local community's economic growth.

I was amazed to see that none from the KIC leadership was involved in this group geared up to "SAVE OUR BRIDGE" (Front page Ketchikan Daily News, Nov. 17, 2005).

KIC has a membership of over 5,000, and out of that 5,000 there are about 1,900 voting adults. That is about 15 to 20 percent of all eligible voters for Ketchikan. In 2002 Ketchikan voted and the result was 2 to 1 in favor of using borough land for building a bridge and overall, 70 percent that voted were supportive.

So in my opinion, I hope the KIC Tribal Council is considering a resolution to support our community and to help the efforts to "Save Our Bridge".  Looking at the numbers KIC should support the majority not the minority.

In my opinion if KIC does not support a resolution supporting our community with this effort then one should be asking this simple question: Who is KIC's leadership concerned about and who are they supporting? Is it the majority of KIC membership or is it a vocal small minority of KIC members? Because in my opinion. KIC leadership should recognize this simple reasoning... What is good for Ketchikan is even better for KIC.

Thank you,

Elroy C. Edenshaw Jr.
KIC member
Ketchikan, AK - USA



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