If light rail comes to pass, according to many Columbian letter writers, criminals from Portland will be streaming in to ravage our fair city, returning home to their miserable hovels on the light rail train with our big-screen TVs in their laps. But there is a plus. Vancouver criminals may very well pillage Portland.
All this can be avoided. Washington state has a system in place, called a ferry. Who needs that stinking bridge with its hideous light rail? Commuters from Washougal to Woodland can leisurely ride a high-speed boat into Portland enjoying Wi-Fi, the newspaper or even taking a nap. And when the Big One comes, the Richter 9 earthquake that shakes down every bridge from Astoria to Hood River, we will have a backup in place.