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February 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Convention Center expansion

Take a reality check

Washington state Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, is proposing, under Senate Bill 5875, to enlarge the Convention Center in Seattle. He represents Seattle in the Senate, but I think someone should double check because it looks like he is from another planet.

The state is draining money from the poor, health care, schools and many beneficial programs to help cover the huge debt this state faces. Washingtonians hope that they elect people who are aware of the needs of the people and the state.

Apparently this is not a goal of Sen. Murray.

We can go a long time without enlarging the Convention Center; we need to wait until we get out of the financial crisis we are currently facing.

Sen. Murray, take a reality check and save yourself the embarrassment of presenting Senate Bill 5875.

— Joan Blackwood, Belfair

A huge, empty room

Most economists agree that when we get through this ever-worsening recession, the new economy will be run significantly different from the previous cut-and-spend Bush policies that left us in this mess.

We’ll be paying for years.

Just as the current crop of huge convention centers didn’t exist a few decades ago, there’s no reason to believe the next economy will have any need for them. With the glut of new centers nationwide and businesses cutting their expenses to the bone, the decline in convention attendance will certainly only continue.

Why not spend $766 million employing responsible homeless people to maintain the downtown core, keeping sidewalks, trash cans and flower beds tidy? These people in need would have enough income to buy a home and make a real contribution to our city.

A beautiful and clean city that takes care of its citizens will certainly do more to draw visitors than a huge, empty room.

— David Wright, Seattle

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