Thursday’s “Looking Back” feature brought an uncomfortable smile to my face. The photo showed City of Tacoma workers removing streetcar tracks in 1939, and noted that the tracks were sold to Japan as scrap – which it used to assemble the machines of war used against the United States in World War II.
They say that history is a great teacher, but it helps if you listen. Today’s wisdom has us spending billions of dollars to re-install streetcars while shipping tons of scrap to China. I hope for our sake that we aren’t on the wrong track again.