Damaging spectacle

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Once again, Don Etheridge joined Koelsch & Company in steamrolling over public opinion and avoiding the possibility of public input.

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On Monday night he voted to promote the road into Juneau, in spite of the citizen vote preferring improved ferry service. Furthermore, he would not even delay the discussion and the vote one week so that there would be an opportunity for a public hearing on the matter.

At a time when Juneau should be pulling together and presenting a united front for the capital move issue, the 5-4 Assembly majority blew it Monday night. At 10 p.m., they sprang the divisive issue of The Road, generating the damaging spectacle of our community in conspicuous conflict.

What's the point of high-priced facilitators to prepare for the Juneau Tourism Partnership? The principle of collaboration and compromise is not in this group's vocabulary. It's time for a change. We can begin by ending Etheridge's term on Oct. 1.

Dixie Hood


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