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What does this tell us?

Posted: Monday, October 15, 2001

The Wheeler and Metcalfe articles in the Oct. 10 Empire concerning the politics of CBJ land acquisition reminds us of the benefits of a free press and of a newspaper willing to provide a public forum. And too, I was reminded of a father who discussed basic concepts. He never gave pat answers. He required questions as part of the inquiry process.

Q: "If the number of people grow and the amount of land remains the same, what does this tell you my son?" Then the game of questions started. I still do it to this day.

Juneau is blessed with a population whose education level is higher than average and many of us found it difficult to fully understand the rationale of those on the Assembly who voted against the purchase of the Faith land library site. The Wheeler and Metcalfe letters help, but surely macro politics does not account for keeping the library in the mall. We need to ask more micro-political questions.

If they were not guided by the compelling, "for the common good" dictated by their office, then were they voting to keep the library in the Mendenhall Mall?

If they were not motivated by my father's economic theory then were they voting to keep the library in the Mendenhall Mall?

If they were motivated by fair play in realizing that the voters had already taxed ourselves, purchased land and then given it up for the greater good to build a high school, then were they voting to keep the library in the Mendenhall Mall?

If they read the same data I read on the program limitations and library standards non-compliance of the present mall site, then were they still voting to keep the library in the Mendenhall Mall?

If they were aware of the short leasing strategy and continuing increases in rent charged by the mall, then why were they voting to keep the library in the Mendenhall Mall?

If they were aware of the site concept plan design, which met library standards, then a site next to Taco Bell, owned and feasible by Mendenhall Mall, suggested by one no-vote member, and in no way suitable, then why were they voting to keep the library in the Mendenhall Mall?

What does this tell you my sons (and daughters?)

Earl Clark

Juneau



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