By Robert McRoberts
November 29, 2005
I will say this, you are never going to convince the rest of the State if you can not even convince or listen to the different ideas from locals.
I put what I thought were some
good ideas out last weekend. It seems like only ex-borough assembly
member George Tipton was on the same track. If we built better
ferries all the monies could stay in Ketchikan and the shipyard
would get the work. If we connected up the roads and built new
ones, the smaller local contractors would get the work. Gravina
would still get developed as we could use the ferries. Cape Fox
could use their land and start paying taxes on it. By extending
South Tongass to White River, tour busses could make a loop getting
in both south and north in one ride. Mahoney could be developed
as hydro power. Once we finished the intertie, maintaining it
would be cheaper. We would not have to use expensive means of
transportation to get to Swan Lake in a emergency, or just for
fuel. All this would take effect now - not in ten years when
the bridge gets finished. If it ever will.
It would all start happening now, not in ten years. To me it just seems like too much money going the wrong way to get out. Ketchikan is "Nowhere" to the rest of the state. Only a few service men in Anchorage go through here moving up north, and that is because they're on the ferry - they never get off.
Last thought. It's probably
cheaper to fly in to Nome from Seattle than it is to get here.
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