As Ketchikan turns, so do our lives

Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2007

Ketchikan is one big soap opera. The same politicians who wanted the bridge to nowhere now want a Gravina Island road to nowhere that will cost the American taxpayers $25.7 million for 3.2 miles.

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Is Gov. Sarah Palin taking over where Gov. Frank Murkowski left off? If my calculations are correct, it will cost the taxpayers about $8 million per mile of road. This is an insane project!

Let's think about this for a minute. Who is going to be using this road? There are only 50 residents that live on Gravina Island, and most of them don't live near this proposed road. The project stinks of the timber industry and Murkowski family-owned, 33-acre gold mining claims. What a scam on the residents of Ketchikan and the American people.

For the people who want to drive over bridges, there are thousands of bridges they can drive over in the Lower 48 all day long if they want.

My opinion is that Kiewit Pacific has a major conflict of interest in getting the contract. Palin should cancel this Gravina Island road contract. I know Palin is smart enough to figure out that the money will be better spent somewhere else, such as to repair Tongass Avenue roads and sidewalks in Ketchikan.

Don Hoff Jr.

Past vice mayor, councilman, Ketchikan

Hixson, Tenn.

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