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April 8, 2014 at 5:53 PM

King County Prop. 1: A ‘business’ can’t operate at a loss

Let’s face it, if King County Metro were a business, it would be out of business [“King County Metro Transit still has work to do; vote no on Prop. 1,” Opinion, April 7]. How many companies can continue to operate at a constant loss? Metro does not even recover 30 percent of its operating…


Comments | More in Metro | Topics: king county metro, Proposition 1, Ron Hopper

February 26, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Bertha: Call it quits

BERTHA’S BROKEN SEALS: The $80 million tunnel-boring machine is suffering from damage to the seals that are supposed to protect its $5 million main bearing. But before it even got to Seattle, the same seals were a problem. Workers in Japan discovered damage and ended up taking Bertha apart for repairs. (Mark Nowlin / The Seattle Times).

While the tunnel to replace the viaduct may have appeared to be a bright idea, it now is appearing to be more of a folly [“Bertha’s big troubles started in Japan,” Local News, Feb. 25]. Plagued by problems from the start — seals failed during initial testing in Japan — it has only managed to travel 1,025 feet of the 1.7 miles needed for the tunnel.

In one respect, the Seattle Tunnel Partners may be fortunate it broke down where it did because they have access to be able to dig a pit to remove the cutting head to repair the seals.


Comments | More in Bertha drill | Topics: alaskan way viaduct, Bertha, Ron Hopper

February 15, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Death penalty: Inslee’s decision doesn’t represent will of the people

To say Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to impose a death penalty moratorium is shortsighted is an understatement [“Restart the conversation on the death penalty,” Opinion, Feb. 11]. The governor’s job is to represent the will of the people, and he has simply assumed that the majority of those in Washington state are against the death…


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