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December 20, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Bertha drill holdup

Possible railroad effects could be devastating

The possible disaster to be most feared because of the Bertha drill would be any settling that affected Seattle’s railroad tunnel [“Stuck 60 feet beneath Seattle,” page one, Dec. 10].

Consider the city of Baltimore and the fire in its railroad tunnel. Even after a year of rework and repair, that tunnel had not been returned to service. Could the Port of Seattle stand being cut off from use of the railroad tunnel for a year?

It is my understanding that about 70 percent of what is shipped in and out of the Port arrives or leaves through Seattle’s railroad tunnel and its singular connection to the Stevens Pass railroad route.

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August 11, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Bicycle safety in Seattle

Infrastructure will benefit everyone I could not agree more with the conclusion of your editorial regarding the urgent need for more and better bicycling infrastructure in Seattle. [“Seattle is playing catch-up on bike safety,” Opinion, Aug. 8.] If you look at cities that have built such infrastructure, you see that it leads to a virtuous cycle….

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August 9, 2013 at 5:51 AM

Bridge infrastructure and maintenance in Washington

Infrastructure not to blame for Skagit River bridge collapse I am getting tired of people blaming the collapse of the Skagit River bridge on poor infrastructure maintenance. Times editorial page editor Kate Riley seemed to imply this in her recent commentary about the effectiveness of city vs. state and federal governments. [“Column: The economy’s…

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August 6, 2013 at 6:52 PM

The ‘I’m for jobs’ bandwagon

Cutting down workers’ benefits is not the answer In her guest column, Erin Shannon claims “the most effective way to encourage job growth is to reduce the cost of doing business,” which means “regulatory and tax relief” for businesses. [“How everyone jumped off the ‘I’m for jobs’ bandwagon,” Opinion, Aug 5.] Some of the policies she…

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June 6, 2013 at 8:38 PM

Interstate 5 bridge collapse

Alert drivers of overheight loads faster A Seattle Times editorial advocates creating additional procedures and warnings to avoid another bridge collapse, despite the fact that Washington state bridges were hit “at least 59 times between 2010 and 2012.” Procedures and warnings are usually harmless enough, but as this history amply illustrates, they are a second-rate defense against…

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