Focus on drinkable water, Ketchikan

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Vote "No" on the $38.5 port improvement bond. Vote "No" on the Berth IV dock. Vote "No" on the Pennock Island and Gravina Island improvements proposed by John Stewart and Steve Seley. Ketchikan's government has a greater problem that should be the No. 1 priority, and that is your drinking water.

I have written an opinion about the drinking water causing cancer in residents, and now I find out from a concerned resident in Ketchikan that the drinking water is causing birth defects in newborn babies. That provokes me to write an opinion on this serious matter, which affects my family, friends and tribe.

Electors of Ketchikan, you cannot drink a $38.5 million dock expansion. The bond should read, "Approve $38.5 Million Fresh Water Infiltration System for Safe Drinking Water." How will residents pay for all your new taxes, new bond debt and new property taxes if they or we are dying of cancer? Tourism will survive in Ketchikan without a new expanded dock.

I have a question? What are people drinking and cooking with? Bottled water?

We don't need 6.5 miles of new road on Pennock Island or miles of new roads on Gravina Island. Look at who is proposing these ideas - people with conflicts of interest. They are the same few people that were pushing the bridge to nowhere. It is another con job on residents of Ketchikan, the State of Alaska and American taxpayers.

They are saying it would only cost $36 million compared to $315 million for a bridge. The priority should be for local, state and federal governments to fix the drinking water problem first.

It rains 200 inches a year in the Ketchikan area. I don't understand why we have bad drinking water. I subscribe to the Ketchikan Daily News, read the Juneau Empire and Sitnews online. I have not read anything about solving the drinking water that is causing cancer. I find it disturbing that your local politicians don't make your drinking water safe.

In closing, tell your borough assembly, city council, state representatives and federal representatives that you want safe drinking water in Ketchikan. Vote no on any projects until your drinking water is fixed. You're killing me! This is my own opinion.

Don Hoff Jr.

Hixson, Tenn.

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