A tad miffed

Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2003

It's awfully nice of John Grinter, from Seattle, to spend five "seasons" (summers) in Southeast "fishing and ecotouring."

I guess that's just long enough for him to draw some very sophisticated conclusions about the economy of the region, as well as Alaska's political leadership.

I'd guess some Alaskans might get a tad miffed about his "ugly American" approach to presupposing his aesthetic concerns outweigh their need for year-round employment. On the other hand, if Mr. Grinter and legions of his neighbors from Seattle didn't come up every summer and steal jobs from Alaskans, maybe those summer-only jobs would be sufficient to sustain folks through the long winters, and year-round employment like that derived from a timber economy wouldn't be necessary.

Dan Kish

Washington, D.C.



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