I would like to know what Washington Conservation Voters and similar groups are afraid of. On Oct. 9, the Whatcom Tea Party held a public debate on the Gateway Pacific dry bulk cargo terminal proposal. But the speaker for opponents of the terminal proposal, who had agreed to participate in the debate, withdrew on Oct. 3, apparently against her will, at what I believe to be the command of the groups she would have represented. Are their arguments so weak and their facts of such dubious validity that they do not wish them questioned by people who may not agree with them?
I was the person who suggested the debate. I did so because, although I have read the arguments of the opponents of the terminal, I wanted to hear how they would respond to questions from people who were not already their supporters. What the Whatcom Tea Party board has been told is that no debate would take place before the November elections. Given the tens of thousands of dollars that have poured into the Whatcom County Council races from out-of-county and even out-of state environmentalist groups for the campaigns of Rud Brown, Carl Weimer, Ken Mann and Barry Buchanan, are we being bought? Consider your vote carefully.
Robert M. Thorndike