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11/22/2013
Rain gauge

EDITOR, Daily News:

Who needs a $95,000 rain gauge? We don’t!

There is absolutely nothing historic about the one they want to put in. Who cares about all of the gauges, etc., it will have? We don’t! I doubt that the tourists would care, either.

This town is so tourist oriented that they have to keep building things to attract the tourists. They came before, and they will keep coming if they find things to buy that represent our great state of Alaska. You used to be able to buy things that were made here, not from China or some other country.

Getting back to the rain gauge. What’s wrong with our historic rainbird? He was a great attraction for the tourists and we loved him, too, with his raingear and boots and umbrella. He wasn’t fancy but sure fit in better than a $95,000 misfit, Remember him?

Ketchikan has been turned into a tourist trap big time. When you go downtown, you might as well be in Seattle with all the jewelry stores, etc. The owners of these places shut and nail up their stores every year, take their money and run.

The hardest thing for me to see was when the Trading Post was sold and was replaced with yet another jewelry store. It was the last place where you could buy authentic Alaskan-made crafts. The store windows had a dog sled and dogs that the tourists could see and take pictures of them.

I hope that someday we can return to a town that is proud of its heritage and will again show the tourists a true picture of the Last Frontier.

They want to learn about Alaska. That’s what they are looking for, not to buy things they can buy in Seattle or from China.

MARIE ALBRIGHT

Ketchikan