Re: “Don’t forget about widening SR 162″ (letter, 4-28).
A couple of weeks back I attended a town hall meeting at the Puyallup library, called by state Reps. Hans Zeiger and Dawn Morrell and state Sen. Bruce Dammeier. I mentioned to them that we in Tacoma and Pierce County could not afford to be taxed for highway extensions. We had school levies that had been voted down, and our least able neighbors have had their bus service cut back.
The roads in Tacoma are dangerous to drive on. There is no money in Tacoma to fix the roads. When I brought this up I was told that these were local issues, to be solved locally. But when Tacoma wanted to increase car tabs to pay for the roads, the state poobahs in Olympia denied permission to do that as they were afraid it would be harder for them to find money for their freeway extensions.
They say the extensions are needed to create jobs. How do they think our schools and potholes would get fixed? Magic?
Microsoft, Intel and others are crying out for educated people to hire and state lawmakers choose to build roads. The courts sent them to the children’s table because they can’t behave. They still can’t get it right.