Letter: Grandstanding naysayers on parade



Lawrence R. Custer’s July 26 letter, “Naysayers now singing a new tune,” is quite accurate. He referred to Republican politicians (U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, state Sens. Don Benton and Ann Rivers) who pushed for the death of the Columbia River Crossing. An earlier letter to the editor proclaimed Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, as the elected official who killed the CRC. These politicians used the media and bandwagon to “grandstand” and get re-elected by keeping their pictures and words in front of the public.

In my opinion, they look for issues to draw attention to themselves. Are they looking for solutions to the problems rather than killing issues like CRC and looking for more viable solutions? The answer is obvious.

I agree with Custer, and his last stand, “Let’s put some positive people with bigger vision at the table.” Replace naysayers with skilled decision-makers who look at the “cause” of the issue and seek solutions rather than campaigning through media spotlighting their own political campaigns with useless criticisms, negativity and grandstanding.

Dean Osterman