Topic: Columbia River
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September 20, 2013 at 7:02 PM
Time is of the essence
It’s time we “double down” on our effort to get an I-5 Columbia River bridge funding agreement in place right now. [“Oregon looks at building span across Columbia on its own,” NW Sunday, Sept. 8.]
If we can’t get a Coast Guard bridge permit this fall, as well as negotiate a working agreement between our two states and the federal government to salvage this bridge in some form, an economic death spiral for this region is assured.
Local high-tech companies, as well as outside companies looking to locate here, watch in disbelief as we purposefully neglect the needs of our decaying local transportation infrastructure.
As commuter wait-times and product delivery schedules lengthen, local companies will have to seek more favorable locations for their operations. Our skilled local workforce will follow the work, as good family-wage jobs disappear from southwest Washington.
That we need a new bridge is obvious, but who believes we could really start over with another ten-year planning and permitting process?
Public projects in other states are already in line to take our earmarked federal funding. After another decade of funding projects in other states, what will be left? We need to support efforts to build a bridge now.
Edward Barnes, Vancouver
July 4, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Productivity in the United States has fallen
I must respond to the article on the Columbia River Crossing. [“Senators’ deadlock shutters Columbia crossing,” NW Tuesday, July 2.]
After years of planning and an expenditure of $175 million the bureaucrats in charge of this debacle declare failure, close down the study and walk away.
Gen. Eisenhower and his staff planned and successfully executed the Normandy Invasion, one of the most complex operations ever attempted, in June of 1944. This was only two and a half years after the attack on Pearl Harbor. During World War II, the U.S. produced more than 276,000 aircraft plus countless munitions, vehicles, etc. required to wage war.
Now, our “leaders” appoint committees, perform staff studies, spend millions of our tax dollars, reach no workable design for the bridge, declare failure and walk away.
Any business that wasted $175 million of stockholder’s funds would be bankrupt and the company officers could be criminally charged for failure of their fiduciary responsibility. This is a gross waste of resources by our “representatives.”
Has the great United States of America come to this?
Robert Jones, Federal Way
March 22, 2013 at 6:07 AM
Legislation for boats, but not guns?
Does anyone else find it frighteningly ironic that the Legislature likely will pass much-needed legislation to help prevent costly mishaps with derelict ships, partly through tougher registration requirements, yet tighter gun-registration proposals can’t even get a hearing in the Rodney Tom-led Senate [“Owner of derelict ship gets 4 months in prison,” page one, March 19]?
Keep up the good work, Olympians.
–George Randels, Port Townsend
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