It seems reasonable to me that the Army Corps declined to stop the review process for the Gateway shipping terminal. As leaders in our community, the Lummis should be willing to talk with the Gateway people and work together to find ways the project will benefit everyone, including members of the Lummi Nation who need work. Whatcom County supports the casino and other tribal business ventures, and it seems only fair that they do the same for new businesses that want to locate here.
I’d like to add that the employment this terminal will provide goes far beyond actual jobs at Gateway. Hundreds of new spin-off jobs (food, transportation, entertainment, housing) will be added as a result. New jobs mean more disposable income for families, more taxes to support our schools, police, fire and roads. Just like the industries now at Cherry Point, Gateway will lift up Whatcom County and secure family-wage jobs for decades to come.
One more thing to consider: instead of buying products made in China and other countries, let’s support American jobs right here in Whatcom County. This terminal will ship American products overseas, employing our own people who grow or manufacture our own products. Our county, state and country will all benefit as a result. It’s time to get this project moving.