Re: “Governor leading trade mission” (TNT, 6-14).
Another gaggle of politicians and briefcase carriers are off on an all-expense-paid boondoggle disguised as a “trade mission,” this time to economically challenged Ireland, Wales and merry olde England, software, apples and airplanes in hand.
Great news for those Washington industries to have our governor do their bidding for them! They’ll undoubtedly be able to lay off hundreds of their marketing professionals. And, all of this, according to Gregoire’s spokeswoman, at little or no cost to we the people.
Most of the money for this first-class excursion will come from federal grants, which begs the question: Where is that money coming from in light of our massive deficits? Gov. Chris Gregoire only has a few months left of luxurious living at our expense in her (our) Olympia mansion. Could it be that she’s trying to sweeten her résumé to include super saleswoman, or is it just lame duck party time?
She is quickly running out of time to fix all those problems she promised to resolve during her last two election campaigns. So I think that instead of traipsing around broke countries peddling apples on their street corners, her last few days in office should be spent by:
• Knocking on doors of CEOs/businesses to see how the state can help them add employees.
• Knocking on doors of refineries/distributors to see how the state can help them lower gas prices.
• Improving schools.
• Improving transportation.
• Improving crime prevention.