By Robert McRoberts
December 18, 2005
Here in Ketchikan we claim
that we are suffering from the closure of the pulp mill,
but we have lost so many more smaller businesses that our government
seems to over look. Our kids all wear the same clothes to school
as we only have a couple choices for shopping. Local tourist
shops can not afford to stay in business unless they close down
for the winter. Fishing went to hell, the price is down. Fuel
is up. Insurance is up. There are not enough logs to keep the
sawmill running - but Forest Service sales are going unsold.
We are exporting raw logs in the round.
Would just one of you S.O.B.s
tell me what good things are going to really happen on Gravina?
Not just your dreams. The 60s aren't going to come back
and we aren't going to rape the rest of the Tongass of its trees,
poke holes in every deposit of minerals, and build big plants
to process goods. Don't tell me my property values are going
to go up, why would I want that? We will just pay more taxes.
Taxes are already killing us, especially the old on fixed incomes. Have
you seen the homes on the market here? Talk about mold. Yea,
rotten moldy homes for $200,000. The working class can not afford
to live here. Sure some of us manage to because this is our home.
I would really like to see
a study done on what the S.O.Bs (Supporters of the Bridge) are
going to gain in their pockets. Something is fishy to me. The
S.O.B.s keep comparing this bridge to bridges built many years
ago as to their usefulness, but we are not comparing cost. Cruise
ships don't go under the Douglas bridge. We are not a Californian
harbor with major shipping and military ships. We are just the
first stop on an Alaska Marine Highway that is being chocked
to death by spending habits. When it all goes wrong, you'll look
for someone to blame, because we know it won't be you. I am sure
it's not Mr Lybrand's fault the school is a year late. It's only
the Borough's. But we'll spend our public money to blame someone
else as you will blame me for sinking your bridge.
About: Robert McRoberts is the owner of a local construction company with 25 years experience building roads on Revilla. He is a life-long resident of Ketchikan.
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