Federal money for a government meeting space
The federal stimulus money proposed to repair the Rainier Club’s windows [“Seattle elite private club in line for $250,000 federal earmark,” page one, June 22] could be a win-win situation, with a few stipulations. The Rainier Club is a historical site in Seattle, one of the few older buildings not replaced with nondescript glass high-rises. Anything to save Seattle from boring glass high-rises is welcome.
If the Rainier Club gets the stimulus money, it should also be required to offer meeting rooms to federal, state and local agencies, rent free.
They would get the needed money for repairs and agencies would save money.
— Doreen Suran, Bellevue
A club for the rich can be a shelter for the poor
As a condition of receiving federal funds for repairs, the Rainier Club should be required to provide shelter to the homeless as part of the severe-weather shelter program. The club gets its windows fixed with the help of the taxpayer and only needs to provide emergency shelter a few times a year for about five years or so.
It seems a fair trade to me.
— Matt Leber, Beaux Arts