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Raw Fish Tax
By Mary Ida Henrikson


November 13, 2010
Saturday AM

Instead of using Raw Fish Tax which the local fishers give up for their collective economic benefit, why not use the cruise ship head tax, IF in fact we need more city police.  FYI Ketchikan has 27 police officers and 6 dispatchers (according to their web page)... maybe 29 now, for 9,000 city folk.   Fairbanks, with a population of 98,000 has 47 which includes support staff.

Others who can arrest a citizen or prevent crime in Ketchikan include, the troopers, the coast guard, fish and game, the forest service, customs and immigration, TSA and of course other citizens, all of whom are "gun-totin'" peace enforcers.

Taking Raw fish tax to pay for 2 more police officers is a crime in itself with no arrests on the horizon.

Mary Ida Henrikson
Ward Cove, AK


Received November 12, 2010 - Published November 13, 2010


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