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December 12, 2008 at 1:58 PM

Port of Seattle credibility

Chris Joseph Taylor/The Seattle Times

A commercial air plane flies just above 12th Avenue South in Burien as it makes it way to the Sea-Tac airport’s third runway.

Port leadership displays zero accountability on third runway

Editor, The Times:

The Port of Seattle spends years, $1 billion and many salaried positions planning Sea-Tac Airport’s third runway while trying to get along with its neighboring residents and communities [“Neighbors feel duped over 3rd-runway noise,” Times, page one, Dec. 11].

The Port promises the new perimeter runway will be used as a backup during bad weather. Then it allows the Federal Aviation Administration to train air traffic controllers to direct as many planes as they want to this perimeter runway.

When the perimeter runway opens, it suddenly starts receiving 41 percent of the airport’s arriving flights. How could we rate the Port’s credibility higher than zero?

The Port of Seattle is way overdue for a new governance structure to provide accountability.

— Susan Wineke, Bellevue

Dig deeper into the fraud uncovered at the port

Missing in the coverage about the Port of Seattle is what was happening on the contractor’s side.

Here you have a sole-source bid where the contractor is using questionable tactics to extract as much money from the taxpayers as possible. Is this illegal? I don’t know. Is it greedy and dishonorable? Absolutely.

TTI [Constructors] should be investigated in the same fashion the Port was.

Combining this story along with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the Count Me In Corporation, please tell me that there is still some integrity left out there.

Or perhaps greed has permanently taken over.

— Joe Cook, Seattle

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