The grass is seldom greener elsewhere


Posted: Monday, October 16, 2000

I would like to apologize for a couple of statements in the "My Turn" column in Friday's paper. I made an attempt to resubmit my letter but missed the deadline.

I tried to take out reference to Kim Metcalfe-Helmar by name as it is unnecessary to sound as if I am down on her personally. I am not. At least she participates publicly. In my complaining about service business people portrayed as "a few greedy individuals" I also made a comment about people who charge $100 per hour for their service, sounding as if I felt they were greedy individuals. I do not and I would like to apologize. It falls into the same trap as the other comment about business persons. Just because someone is well compensated does not mean they are greedy.

There was also a line left out before the statement "If Juneau doesn't grow some will be forced to leave because of lack jobs as in the '80s." It should have read, "People have always come and gone from Juneau for a variety of reasons. If Juneau grows, some will leave because it is not the same. If Juneau doesn't grow some will be forced to leave because of a lack of jobs as in the '80s."

My point is that I have heard friends on both sides of the issue threaten to leave if they don't get their way. I don't know what to say to them except I have heard the same for most of my life and we all have to make up our own minds about what is best for us. I haven't found the grass to be greener elsewhere, maybe you will.

Tim Whiting


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