Thanks, Palin, for not supporting bridge

Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2007

Some of us have been waiting through 30 years of opinions and arguing for someone to finally put a stop to the construction of the "Boon-doggle Bridge to Nowhere." At a cost $398 million-plus, the bridge project is something that the local, state and federal tax payers can't afford in Ketchikan.

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Gunalcheesh ho-ho (thank you very much), Gov. Sarah Palin. Finally, Alaska has a governor that has backbone and common sense to stand up to the misled, misguided leadership and private enterprise in Ketchikan and Washington, D.C.

I am always astounded how private enterprise wants the taxpayers to pay for their roads, bridges and infrastructures for their properties on Gravina Island via Pennock Island for example. Ketchikan local governments should be concerned about higher priorities; their drinking water; library, museum, secondary road or bridge maintenance; landfill and tourism.

In closing, I want to say thank you to those brave people in Ketchikan that stood up and spoke out against the proposed bridge project. On behalf of my family, the Gaanax adi Clan, Drifting to Shore House/Raven House of the Taan ta Kwaan (Sea lion People). We say, "Gunalcheesh ho-ho for stopping any further desecration of our tribal members/ancestors that are buried on Pennock Island." Thank you again, Palin.

Don Hoff Jr.

Former Ketchikan vice mayor and councilman

Hixson, Tenn.

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