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Ketchikan is a town that pulls together
By Joan Hurliman


December 21, 2007
Friday AM

In response to Mr. Borilli's letter on prices in Ketchikan, consider yourself fortunate, that you don't live in Sitka, or the Aleutian Chain, where prices are 2 to 4 times higher than Ketchikan.(This is common in the smaller community, especially the bush) When you came to Alaska weren't you aware the "cost of living", was higher? Possibly you just saw a significantly higher salary, and a permanent fund, as so many people do.

Hate to tell you, but the Boom Days are gone, unless you have a Davis-Bacon job and are willing to work outside in all kinds of weather (no snow days allowed) for 8 to 16 hours a day, depending on the season, than it just ain't happening.

Ketchikan is a town that pulls together, during other folk's tragedies, to help with housing, food and comfort, and this is worth more than any retail price on any item. After one year Sir, I don't feel you have any right to complain, as the planes fly out, as well as in, and the town is not holding you hostage. PS.. Order the 'less expensive' products online and then see how you feel about the "shipping cost being almost as much (if not more) because we live in Alaska.

Joan Hurliman
Ketchikan, AK

About: "Lived in Ketchikan over 20 years, plus have lived in Fairbanks, Anchorage and the Aleutian Chain"

Received December 21, 2007 - Published December 21, 2007


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