Regarding the July 21 editorial “Better Bridge? Game On!: Local lawmakers call for new action on the Columbia River’s old problem,” state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, was instrumental in killing the proposed Columbia River Crossing. He was aided by fellow Republicans U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, state Sen. Ann Rivers and some other local politicians with narrow and short-sighted vision. And theirs wasn’t a “decisive victory,” it was a very narrow one.
They have knowingly and willfully dealt a serious blow to the regional economy of the Vancouver-Portland area, assured the continued traffic bottleneck on a major artery of West Coast travel and commerce, extended the risk of an earthquake cutting that artery, and assured an ultimately much higher price tag for the solution. Their actions were irresponsible and show contempt for the common good of Clark County.
Now, they are pretending to be concerned about the needs of the region by sending a letter to the state Department of Transportation urging action. They have lost all credibility on this issue and hardly deserve a “seat at the table.” Let’s put some positive people with bigger vision at the table. We have heard more than enough from the naysayers.
Lawrence R. Custer