My family and I moved to Bellingham from Ballard 18 months ago to find a divisive debate around trains, coal and industrial development. I am astonished by the comments people of dissent make about this project. Lacking facts and sound thought, it seems to me their goal is to just oppose everything. Having a husband who works in the marine industry at Squalicum harbor, I'm confident this additional marine export terminal will improve our local economic situation. This will breathe new life into our downtown marina and be a great investment to jumpstart the waterfront redevelopment. It is time we stop just talking and start doing.
In line with "buying local," I hope those residents in opposition to Gateway Pacific Terminal start thinking about supporting local families and small businesses. It is hard to "buy local" when a big portion of our county residents are either unemployed or underemployed. It is common sense that private economic investments will improve our community and this opportunity is knocking on our front door. Coal exportation is already here and will continue with or without GPT. With an upgraded and modern industry here locally we will be generating new opportunities for the next generation and strengthening our local economy. They are using the land legally, exporting legal products and following environmental laws and practices. Let's get back to work Whatcom.