Marriage analogy is off the mark

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2000

The My Turn column by assembly member Tom Garrett on tourism impacts was astounding for its analogy to a marriage that just needs a little counseling and whole lot of trust. I liken it more to a landlord-tenant relationship gone haywire.

The flightseeing companies moved to this community a decade ago as the cruise ships increased their passenger numbers at a dizzying rate. The last few years have witnessed dawn-to-dusk flights and continual aircraft noise that became the recognized catalyst for the passenger fee initiative and subsequent 70-30 percent successful vote. Rather than being wedded to this situation, ``'til death do us par,t'' Juneau has elected to take action at the ballot box to recapture some quality of life.

This is not a marriage gone sour. A more proper analogy is that of a tenant who moved to a quiet apartment building, sets up a 10-speaker stereo, and proceeds to play loud music all day, every day, with a steady stream of visitors who take up all the available parking spaces. On top of that he has two biting dogs, a dozen howling cats and plans for breeding macaws.

Enough is enough. It's time to invoke the landlord-tenant law, give proper, legal notice, and allow the other tenants a measure of peace and quiet that has been missing for so long.

Chip Thoma

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