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February 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Road construction

Deserving kudos, not complaints

The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and the media have missed an opportunity with the massive road-construction activities announced to begin on Monday.

First, they’re late with the news. It should have been out weeks ago to allow drivers to react.

But more importantly, the entire emphasis is negative, warning the driving public of disrupted travel and commute problems on apparently all of the local arterials. While this is certainly important, why aren’t they taking advantage of the opportunity to tout the jobs created by this work, the improvements to transportation infrastructure and the dollar impact to the community — all exclusive of the “stimulus package” endlessly debated in the other Washington.

We, in Washington state, are actually putting our money where our mouth is, starting Monday apparently, while Congress continues to debate some of the very same kind of job-creating programs.

While our politicians dither and disagree, we are actually doing something constructive. We ought to emphasize this and get kudos for our efforts.

— Paul Beckman, Ravensdale

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