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Our Community Spirit is Showing!
By Bobbie McCreary


December 23, 2009

The Ketchikan City Council tackled the very difficult challenge of balancing their budget in tough economic times, with an uncertain future of tax revenues ahead. Beyond the wisdom of the council members, what impressed me was how the community stepped forward to give what they could to help. To help save jobs, employees offered to take furlough days without pay. To help protect the City's revenue, Kevin Gadsey withdrew his request for a donation of the rental fee at the Ted Ferry Civic Center for a SAIL event and offered his personal donation to cover this cost instead. This modeling of the community pulling together was really inspiring.

Instead of requesting a rent waiver of the Ted Ferry Center for the "Enough is Enough -- a Community Conversation" event on January 12th, we just asked that part of the Ketchikan Youth Intiatives United Way grant dedicated to educating our community about the drop-out issue be spent to cover this rental cost.

Bit by bit, step by step, isn't it time for us ALL to join in and show OUR community spirit? TOGETHER we can make a difference. HAPPY HOLIDAYS.

Bobbie McCreary
Ketchikan, AK


Received December 18, 2009 - Published December 23, 2009


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