Elections: Consolidation and
By Dave Kiffer
November 23, 2006
I just wanted to take a minute to publically thank the owners
of First City Electric for continuing to make the side of their
building available for politicians and causes of all stripes
to use as a community billboard.
I also wanted to speak out against those who question the building
owners' right to do so or who complain about the signs that they
And that includes those state officials who persist in occasionally
trying to enforce the state highway right of way signage code
which was put in place for state highways between cities, not
those that run right through the middle of them, as Tongass-Water-Front-Mill-Stedman
One final thought on the consolidation election which just concluded.
Regardless of one's opinion or the outcome, as a resident of
Ketchikan I am ashamed that some members of this community "personalized"
the issue enough to attack the motives of the members of the
The voters of Ketchikan voted three years ago to create a commission
to come up with a plan and several community members were then
elected by the public to serve on that commission. They met weekly
- for free - for many months on the proposal that went before
the voters and held numerous public meetings that - frankly -
were attended by almost no members of the public.
You can debate whether the plan was the right one or not, but
to contend that the commission was some sort of secret little
"cabal" meeting behind closed doors to foist its "evil"
plan on the unsuspecting poplace is both untrue and unfair. The
commission members did the job that the voters asked them to
do, plain and simple.
Even though I voted against the plan, I want to thank the commission
members for their hard work and their community service. I also
want to thank the people who voted on the issue despite the electoral
"roadblocks" the state put in their way.
Received November 22, 2006 - Published November 23, 2006
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