Letter: Port facility is answer to recession

Published:

 

I've lived in the Longview/Kelso area my entire life. I've seen a lot of changes in our town, and a lot have not been very good. I see the need for some positive changes. With the end of the recession still out of sight, Cowlitz County and our state as a whole need to think about what we can do to prosper.

Trade is an easy answer. Our state trade economy is worth $111 billion annually, and Washington exports total $53.2 billion every year. Even more staggering is the fact that 41 percent of Washington jobs are trade dependent.

Millennium Bulk Terminals is working to build a world-class, international port facility here. Longview has the opportunity to be a thriving global port, and play a major leader in pulling Washington out of the recession.

So let's stop fighting over this coal-export project and get our region's economy on the path to recovery. I am glad to be a part of a company working to make that happen. Remember that families are hurting and these jobs are just the light at the end of the tunnel we've been looking for.

Rick Pattison

Kelso