Letter: Small sacrifices now pay off big later



The Nov. 3 Columbian online story reported, “Storedahl’s nighttime gravel hauling likely to end next week.” It continues to amaze me when I come across people who expect to enjoy the benefits of the government’s efforts to improve our lives but aren’t willing to sacrifice something to make that possible.

Yes, I understand that hearing the noise of hauling trucks at night interferes with a person’s ability to get quality rest. I understand that nightly rest is vital in order to be as productive as possible during the day. At the same time, we all need to keep in mind that in order for the new project to be completed, something needs to be sacrificed. In this case, I’m convinced the end justifies the means — the project will help reduce traffic on I-5 and I-205 and improve the commute for a great number of people.

It’s important to remember that this inconvenience is a temporary one. This is a sincere plea to my fellow citizens to appreciate the work that our government is doing and to be patient and willing to sacrifice certain benefits temporarily in order to enjoy improvements made on our behalf.

Larisa Tuchina