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January 13, 2014 at 9:12 AM

520 Bridge: Lack of foresight on an important project

To suggest, as Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson did, that government departments have bloated budgets capable of absorbing $170 million is disrespectful to all of the project leaders who work to stay on budget and on time [“Blunders bust 520’s budget,” Page One, Jan. 9].

It is also imprudent and cannon fodder for people who think that government departments have vast “inefficiencies,” as she claimed while these departments are more often underfunded.

The previous transportation secretary, Paula Hammond, admitting to costly mistakes on the 520 bridge, said “she’s confident it will be less than the $200 million in a contingency budget.” [“State admits costly mistakes on 520 bridge,” News, Feb. 26]. Now here we are with another error in judgment.

Epics are for the unprepared, according to the explorer Vilhjalmur Stefansson; a leader plans ahead. Lack of foresight covered by minimizing the problem or by slanderous statements toward peers does not demonstrate the leadership required for these costly and important projects.

Murray Maitland, Lake Forest Park

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