SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska



Ketchikan and Small Town America
By Robert D. Warner


December 06, 2005

Perhaps one of the greatest assets of living in Ketchikan is its unique character as part of small town America. The community's semi isolation and lack of direct road connections to the "outside" are essential and valuable parts of this asset.

I wonder if Mr. Ellis, Mr. Jirschele, and other self proclaimed bridge and road builders should consider moving to the outside where they can enjoy many bridges and highways. Perhaps Seattle or Los Angeles should be considered. In those locations there are also other factors associated with big city life. Let's see. There are high taxes, high crime rates, plenty of traffic, smog, noise, water pollution, etc. The list goes on and on. As a property owner in Seattle, my taxes have NEVER gone down as the result of this community growth and development syndrome. Seattle taxes keep going up, up, up with the endless demand for more bridges, highways, schools, libraries, community centers, police, jails, etc.

I too would like to know who is going to pay for all of this proposed Ketchikan development. Ketchikan is just fine in its current role as part of small town America. Let's keep it that way!

Robert D. Warner
Ketchikan, AK - USA


Note: Robert D. Warner is a retired Associate Professor of Library Science, University of Alaska, Ketchikan and a resident of Ketchikan since 1972.


Related Viewpoints:

letter A Third Proposal By Patrick Jirschele - Ketchikan, AK - USA




Note: Comments published on Viewpoints are the opinions of the writer
and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sitnews.


Send a Letter -------Read Letters

E-mail the Editor

Stories In The News
Ketchikan, Alaska