As readers may know, some people in Ketchikan still would like a bridge connecting their town to Gravina Island, where a new stretch of blacktop ends forlornly at the shore where the so-called "bridge to nowhere" would have gone had it not become a national emblem for government profligacy.
A letter to the editor recently published in Ketchikan's SitNews proposes towing the soon-to-retire aircraft carrier USS Enterprise into place and "recycling" it as a piece of infrastructure.
"Bring the carrier to Ketchikan, position it across the Narrows from the present AMHS terminal to the airport. Scuttle it and modify each end so it will serve as a bridge. WAH-LAH instant bridge," suggests James Dornblaser of Thorne Bay.
The letter, quite obviously written in jest, also takes note of a few side benefits to the plan, including a new source of electricity from ship's nuclear reactor, plus space for city and borough offices, commercial storefronts, housing for transients from across Southeast, and even a draw for tourists interested in Navy history.
Although the Navy Times blog "Scoop Deck" thinks the aircraft carrier-slash-bridge idea is "better" than the original Gravina Island Bridge plan, it nevertheless torpedoes the new idea. If you have any love for Ketchikan, brace yourself:
To drive home the last rivet in Davy Jones' locker, the blog entry ends with a video clip from an episode of The Simpsons, the one in which a traveling huckster bamboozles Springfield into building a monorail.
Huckster Lyle Lanley, voiced by the late, great Phil Hartman, begins his pitch with an icebreaker: "You know, a town with money is a little like the mule with a spinning wheel; no one knows how he got it, and danged if he knows how to use it."
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