Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Port of Tacoma

Oct.
24th

ELECTION: Holdeman can help mitigate port’s unavoidable decline

Before voting for Tacoma Port Commission, I urge everyone to check out Eric Holdeman’s qualifications. He is one of the best-qualified candidates in port history.

The port is buried in more than $500 million in debt, and realistic prospects for future revenue do not come close to paying off this debt. It will eventually have to be paid by a Pierce County, state or federal bailout.

Bonding capacity for investments that could help keep up with Canada, Los Angeles and the East Coast was used to make the port property rich. Tax revenue and jobs from owners that were forced

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Oct.
21st

TACOMA: Eric Holdeman would be a port leader

If there is one thing we have learned from the recent government shutdown it is that elected positions were never meant to be lifelong careers. The Port of Tacoma is in desperate need of new ideas and a new perspective. Eric Holdeman can provide the change the port needs.

He has proven his leadership skills as a former director of security at the port, former director of King County Emergency Management and as a retired U.S. Army infantry officer.

Holdeman will bring these leadership skills with him to the position of port commissioner. His plans for the port are to

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Oct.
14th

TACOMA: Re-elect Bacon for port commissioner

Connie Bacon is running for port commissioner and I think it very important that we re-elect her to this position. I view the Port of Tacoma from my residence, and the vastly increased traffic of large volume ships coming and going is a fascinating statement to the effect that things are going very well at the port.

Bacon’s service as an adviser to former Gov. Booth Gardner and her years at the helm of the World Trade Center Tacoma have given her a remarkable background. In this difficult and unpredictable economy, experience and knowledge in our elected officials is very

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Oct.
10th

TACOMA: Support Prop. 1 and fix city’s streets

Tacoma’s blighted, pothole-ladened streets are painfully evident to both residents of Tacoma and visitors alike and pose a risk to any car attempting to travel on them.

The reality is that Tacoma’s streets will never be improved without a focused funding effort, which Proposition 1 offers Nov. 5. One of the beauties of Proposition 1 is that, unlike proposals to raise the sales tax, it allows multimillion-dollar hospitals, large corporations, entities in the Port of Tacoma, Walmart, and state and federal entities to participate in paying to repair the streets.

Outlying suburban areas, such as Fife and University Place –

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July
10th

SR 167: We should look before we leap

The gung ho mandate by some local politicians and union officials toward extending state Route 167 to the Port of Tacoma is worrisome. The mantra of “jobs jobs jobs” is unfounded. It is quite probable this area would lose jobs due to additional gridlock on SR 167.

We have a great example of what we will actually get in the future if local pols get their way. Ironically, Tacoma is competing with the Port of Long Beach for business.

Here is my suggestion. Buy a plane ticket to Los Angeles or Long Beach and drive Interstate 710, the “Long Beach

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July
9th

SR 167: New coalition must move state forward

The legislative session adjourned again without a comprehensive transportation funding plan. The bipartisan SR 167 Completion Coalition that included the Port of Tacoma, businesses of the port, labor and civic leaders from across the state built a strong case but did not convince the Legislature.

We cannot falter now. We must still fight for a transportation package, and we learned this session that we cannot do it alone.

The ports of Tacoma and Seattle, which are among the largest collection of port facilities in the nation, must continue to follow through on a Port to Port initiative. The business community

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June
3rd

SR 167: Is road project a boon or boondoggle?

Every time another piece on state Route 167 appears, written by or quoting our politicians, it’s clear that business has been lobbying hard for completion of the freeway link into Port of Tacoma. Benefit to the people is said to be somewhere between 4,000 and 10,000 jobs, depending on which publication is on the bottom of the birdcage at the moment. There has been no critical vetting of these numbers, and I challenge the parties involved to put up some data.

The formerly rich agricultural environment of the Kent-Auburn valley has already been saturated with warehouses, and the businesses are

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Jan.
23rd

ROADS: Cross-base highway is also badly needed

Re: “167 extension to Port of Tacoma back on table” (TNT, 1-22).

Although finishing state routes 167 and 509 are badly needed, somebody left out the cross-base highway in the equation.

Here is a road that’s been talked about for around 40 years; anybody who drives and commutes in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord area will tell you it is badly needed.

If the state is going to spend a bunch of dough, get enough to finish that road also, because it to is a missing link. These roads are not getting any cheaper, and every year the state drags

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