Letter: People want a vote on light rail
Monday, December 19, 2011
As this region considers undertaking a $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project, I want to thank Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, for standing up for the people she represents and not bending to the political or bureaucratic pressure (unlike some elected officials who have done so).
While local agencies congratulate each other on picking their favorite designs, the hard-working taxpayers who will be paying for this bridge have been forced to accept light rail without an opportunity to date to have their vote heard.
I was terribly disappointed to read that Mayor Tim Leavitt and Clark County Commissioner Steve Stuart tried to publicly shame Congresswoman Herrera Beutler because she has the backbone to stand up and fight to give the people a vote on light rail.
Don’t back down, Jaime. You are standing with the people of Clark County. We want a vote.