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February 24, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Boeing

Pay up, get the deal in full

Why exactly was U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., in town earlier this week to review the Boeing deal [“John Murtha at Boeing,” Bizline, Business, Feb. 17]?

The conclusion he drew was the deal could be split between Boeing and Airbus. Did no one think to ask why an American company, in the midst of a recession, with high-paying jobs on the block, would have to share a military contract with a foreign company?

Is it possible that Boeing didn’t give enough to the campaigns of Murtha and Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Wash.? Pay up, and Boeing might get the deal in full.

Dicks is a large recipient of campaign donations from the PMA Group, which is connected to Murtha and has been investigated by the FBI for illegal behavior. It might now be closing its doors. Many are giving back the tainted funds. Dicks is not among them. Why not?

Why isn’t this local angle to a big story being reported?

— Janet Suppes, Bellevue

Descending down a peak

I’m writing concerning the problems with Boeing. The Boeing Company has already lost 4,500 jobs. It is the largest private company in the region and it’s starting to shrink again, while the economy spirals downward.

The Seattle Times reported Boeing would cut more than 5 percent of its 76,400 work force. Gov. Christine Gregoire said the announcement was “sad and disappointing.”

In earlier times, Boeing downturn became a giant economic bust for the whole region. In 1971, the collapse in Boeing employment affected between 100,000 and 400,000.

The Boeing Company is going down a peak; they have more than enough people losing their jobs this year. I really don’t think Boeing should be cutting more than 4,500 jobs. They should think of a different way to solve this.

— Matthew MacLachlan, Port Townsend

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