Better come up with another
By Robert McRoberts
November 21, 2005
I have heard some of you
think opinion letters like mine have hurt the bridge funding
or brought others to think we really do not have a good plan
in place to make this work. To me it looked like greed.
You are now going to have to convince the rest of the state how
much we really need this bridge. I looked at building the bridge
so differently than many others. It could be a gift to all the
unfinished projects we have.
Let's say we just get enough
funding to build two new ferries, maybe even electric that do
not have cabins in the middle of the deck, or even to modify
the ones we have so a loaded log truck and others can get off
as easy as possible. A little longer ramp to lessen the grade
as there might be sometimes the tide is not right. The terminal
on the airport side is in the wrong spot and needs to be turned
the other direction to point to where you put your new road.
To keep traffic away from the terminal, your new road should
have gone around the other end of the runway - but you paid
the engineers. With that said, I would really like to see the
highway project finished up Second. They have really done a good
job - there are no more bumps. The state needs to quit trying
to deal with property owners and pay the price - let's get this
moving. The west side of Roosevelt drive has needed to be finish
to lessen the traffic speeding through the 35 MPH zone
at Mountain Point. Then maybe the ones who drive up that road
will not be losing their loads in my yard. Talk about trash Jerry.
One other real important project is getting the road out of town
started by hooking up Shelters Cove, Shoal Cove, Carol River,
Neets Bay and then we're set to ask for the money to go to the
mainland. This should have been done way before the intertie
project ever went in. By god things sure would or been easier,
and cheaper to build the intertie and we would be using that
power instead of raising our rates. We would be on our way
out of town, and our future would be quite bright.
We keep talking about these
things but nothing ever gets done. We say we don't have the land
to expand. Bull! Look around. Extend South Tongass to White River
so people from North Tongass or town could work at mills and
things up that way. Cape Fox could tie Mahoney into the power
lines. We could be taxing them for their property that otherwise
is just going to sit there for a another hundred years till new
trees can be cut down. You say new mills but you tore one down
that was working fine and built another that has not even moved but
are told next month - forever. Locate mills on White
River where all the logs would be coming down. Our new road
out of town we don't have to look unless you live up George Inlet
which would be opened up for homes instead of only recreation
cabins. And I am not even going to touch on the recreational
value this time.
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For some reason I felt all this could be done for what the development
and the bridge is going to cost us and it would go over with
the rest of the state much better. Have you ever tried to listen
to your youth and your neighbors, or are you gust content on
being the grump scrooge that all your neighbors dislike. In a
recent event in my life I have came to the conclusion things
do change but you need to help them move in the right direction.
So I am now going to start getting involved in a few community
things and I really ask others that feel the same to join in
and let's make living here a special place - not some place where
we all hate our local government - and I've heard many of you
say that. Even the good old boys. I just hope your hearts can
take a different thought concept. I really do not want to go
back out in the big mess and lack of control that has taken over
the rest of the world.
Jerry, the only way you can improve the trash is to get the dump
open on Sundays, at least for half a day. But I do not think
any one really cares about trash because no one even talked about
my recycling idea, and I heard the borough stopped taking scrap
iron and cars.
That's enough, so let's see what you do with my opinion. Just
one more thing if we do ever build the bridge and it never gets
finished, I am going to hang a sign that says "nowhere"
on it for all to see.
Ketchikan, AK - USA
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