As a new father and lifetime resident of Whatcom County, I am fortunate right now to hold a job in one of the counties few industries. At the ripe age of 25, I am quickly learning the importance of having a family-wage job. It is hard not to think of the many struggling families in our county who have little to no access to a steady job or improved standard of life.
It concerns me to hear local well-to-do residents shrug off the much-needed jobs that the Gateway Pacific Terminal would produce. At a time when our country and more specifically our county needs more employment, those who already have theirs so easily opposes a project that causes them minor inconveniences.
Our state relies on the exportation of goods to other world markets. From my point of view, it seems to me that local environmentalists are actively obstructing growth in our county. Coal is a legal product that the world relies on. I was glad to see the Bellingham city council push back against Prop 2. This is one step toward making Bellingham and Whatcom County more business and industry friendly.