Letter: We can wait on light rail



In his Sept. 23 letter, Philip S. Parker wrote that the Columbia River Crossing’s “Project derailed by defeatists.” He stated that it makes sense that we need light rail. It looks to me that he doesn’t know much about politics. Our elected leaders are supposed to work for the majority of those who elect them, represent us for what we want. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, is doing just that.

The majority of us in Vancouver don’t want the expense that comes with not only building a bridge to accommodate light rail, but then to build it and maintain it — just so those few who work within walking distance of where it goes can use it. There is no solution to funding it other than raising taxes, and we don’t need any more of that.

We let our opinion be known to Herrera Beutler and she has acted on it by her votes in Congress. She is doing her job, representing the majority.

As Chris Tobkin stated in a letter on the same day, “Governors should adjust direction,” we have the Glenn Jackson Bridge already built to accommodate light rail when the voters here want it or the funds become available.

Martin Siegler