Responses to Readers' Questions
Candidate For Ketchikan Gateway
3 year term ( 2 seats open)
to KEA Questions
Published: October 05, 2003
Last updated: Oct. 05, 2003 - 8:45 pm
PO Box 1538
Ward Cove, AK
Questions For Ketchikan Gateway Borough
Reader's question #2. (09/15/03)
Several if not all of the candidates
have stated that the Assembly should "fully fund" the
school district. What obligation does the Assembly have, if any,
to insure that the funding is wisely used by the school district
to question #2 - Published
I know that the dad's and mom's
have their child's best interest at heart. Our participation
in holding the administration accountable is appropriate and
we have the most powerful tool at the election level "our
vote" for the school board.
Reader's question #5. (09/28/03 - 11:50 pm)
Have you ever been asked to
be dishonest as part of your job? If so, how did you handle it?
Would you lie to, or mislead, the public if you felt the public
would ultimately benefit?
to question #5 - Published
No. I would not lie.
Reader's question #6. (10/04/03 - 2:15 pm)
What do you think could be
done to keep good jobs here in Ketchikan that are or might be
exported to employees down south? And what more could the Borough
do to promote new, good paying jobs?
to question #6 - Published
Jobs are my main concern for
our community. The economy of Ketchikan and the surrounding communities
are connected both logistically and socially but most importantly
as tourist attractions and natural resource opportunities. We
have some of the most beautiful scenery in the world and the
tourism industry should be sustained. The need for year round
jobs has been the main focus of my running for borough assembly.
I know that owning and operating a small business is challenging
and rewarding. I have been in business over 25 years and have
seen economies change. The experience I will bring to the assembly
is from a hands on and practical point of view. We must elect
pro growth small business friendly people to the assembly, or
our economic future will continue down hill. Seasonal and temporary
low paying jobs will not provide the financial incomes necessary
to allow families to buy homes, raise families, contribute to
our community and enjoy the life styles my wife, Lory and I cherish.
I have had the privilege to visit with many of you. You have
reaffirmed your concerns that our future rests in strengthening
the year round jobs we already have while creating new opportunities
for business growth and utilizing wisely the natural resources
we have. I will do everything I can to stimulate new and better
jobs for our community. That's a promise.
Questions For All Candidates
Reader's Question #1. (09/22/03)
Do you think it responsible
of the Borough to increase our taxes to provide more convenient
working (new government building) conditions, when the old mill
offices are available to them while kids in this town fight for
space to recreate.
to question #1 - Published
No. I also believe that the
combination of tax issues on the ballot has made fun of us as
voter's and has denied us our ability to choose. I don't understand
why the three tax options were not left as individual choices.
Reader's Question #2. (09/22/03 2:40 pm)
Many candidates have suggested
they would make staff cuts as either the sole means of achieving
fiscal responsibility or staff cuts combined with revenue increases.
Which Borough staff and/or departments do these candidates feel
are superfluous and expendable? Or if not that, least important
to question #2 - Published
I do not want new taxes. I
have a hard time believing that there is perfect efficiency in
our government and that there is no fat. I don't have all the
information I would need to make cuts specific to individual
departments at this time. With that said I would recommend equal,
across the board cuts to all departments and encourage early
retirement as a beginning effort.
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