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EDITOR, Daily News:
I gave the rain gauge the benefit of the doubt. At least I tried.
I have been a tour guide for more than 10 years, and pointing out the gauge to our guests is an easy, fun, quick highlight. I don’t know what I will say about the proposed gauge, especially to guests who barely understood the original one. It looks like a water filtration system with a structure.
I love art, and it might be artistic, but is it really Ketchikan?
We may be uniquely proud of our rainfall, and our rainboots. Will we be proud of our decision to build something that doesn’t even fulfill its one purpose, covering the vent pipe on all sides, with a $100,000 piece of new exposed drain pipe? How will I explain it to our guests?
It might be said that the group that chose it has had lots of practice in the past, but I have questioned its decisions in the past and not spoken up. But the current proposed gauge needs to be tossed, and a more Ketchikan — Alaskan — one needs to be chosen. It must be something that shows our pride, not just our plumbing.