The laudatory remarks made by congressional representatives about the new aviation brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (TNT, 3-30) lead me to one of two conclusions: Their individual tenures in D.C. have been such that they have totally lost touch with (or never really had any idea of) what life is like in South Pierce County or they have lost their minds.
From state Route 512 to the first Lacey exit is 19 miles. On Friday afternoon, it can take twohours to make this trip. The backup starts about 1 p.m. and lasts until about 7. From about 3 to 6:30 p.m. or so it is virtually impossible to get out of DuPont.
What we really need here is another 1,000 or so cars. We also really need more aircraft flying around here, albeit some of them we won’t hear because the artillery will drown them out.
I find it hard to believe that there actually was an environmental impact study done, unless it confined itself to JBLM and gave no consideration whatsoever to the surrounding communities.
In the future, before our elected representatives talk about what a great thing ever more troops at JBLM are, maybe they should contact someone in the area besides real estate developers and car dealers and find out what some of the residents actually think.