By Rick Grams
December 27, 2005
For those of us under 40 who look to spend the rest of our lives in Ketchikan the lack of middle class pay is a problem. At the same time, we see our children reaching the age of 18 looking at a home town community atmosphere with a job prospect of making about $8 per hour. YET WE WONDER WHY OUR KIDS SEEK HIGHER EDUCATION IN THE MAINLAND ONLY TO STAY WITHIN THE CONTIGUOUS 48 STATES OF THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH (America)!
I'll admit, a bridge alone does not constitute an expanding economy. However, since we are in a location that obviously does not deem any property as "condemned" or "outdated" compared to the realms of normal society we only have one true alternative to seek land elsewhere within our reach. Once we can promise access to such land then we as a community can seek other corporate investments into the local community.
WHAT? Corporate investment? You don't want corporate investment in Ketchikan? Then what do you call the tourism industry? I believe that with the right leadership, corporate investment and ecological awareness can all be a positive step towards economic prosperity with the same effort.
Do I have the silver bullet answer? Nope, but I am trying (as an individual). I have yet to see any response that provides new opportunity, potential job growth, or any type of concern towards the positive economic growth for the community of Ketchikan as a whole. If you want to change my mind and the many people who believe as I do, then it is your turn to provide the community a viable and workable alternative for the benefit of economic opportunity and potential prosperity.
The Bureau of Labor does not list Ketchikan as a location worth gathering statistical information. As such, please check out the following web sites that do focus on Ketchikan and come to your own conclusions:
Finally, although not directly targeted, I had to chuckle at a previous comment regarding running for office. The fact is, I've had a few people approach me in the supermarket, Mall and Wal-mart to ask me if I would run for office. I do not intend to speak as a political person; instead I intend to speak from the heart with the basis of my opinion justified by external resources.
Happy New Year!
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