I have lived in Juneau for the last 45 years and would like to continue living here if not driven out by taxes and the highest cost of living in an Alaska city of 5,000 or more.
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We have a mayor who will not take a stand for $25 to $35 an hour mining jobs but would rather cater to $10 to $12 an hour seasonal gift shop jobs or bus and van drivers. No one can afford a $300,000 house or pay taxes for new schools, hospitals and other basic needs that we have come to enjoy by working in one of these seasonal jobs.
Our mayor also will not take a stand on easier and more affordable access to the state's capital. If I were living in Anchorage, Fairbanks or any northern community, I would take a hard look at why Juneau would be so selfish as to not allow access. I might even think about moving the capital.
If you have children or grandchildren living in Juneau, I ask that you take a hard look at the issues mentioned above, as their future depends on it.
I will not leave out my commercial fishing friends, as that is how I arrived here. Fishing has made a great comeback under the current state administration. But it's not attractive to overnight or winter your boat here in Juneau because of high stall rents and the high cost of necessary items.
For the last five years, our population figures have become stagnate and our school enrollment has decreased. This should raise a red flag to all of us but does not seem to concern our local administration.
We have a chance to change the negative attitude our local government seems to have by voting for a new one this fall.
Dick L. Dau