The politicians in Washington D.C. make promises about working together and helping the economy, but as usual, they can’t seem to find a way to move forward. Here in our own county, I believe we have a golden opportunity to raise the income levels of working people with a new business at Cherry Point (Gateway Pacific Terminal), but we’re facing the same close-mindedness.
I believe the Lummi Nation has declared it wants the process to just stop. They don’t want it here and rather than see if there are areas of compromise and agreement, they demand it stop before the environmental review is finished. This community supports the Lummis with their casino, their restaurants, their other enterprises, so why won’t they stay open-minded enough to at least talk to the Gateway people? Support goes both ways, and they could step up as community leaders and explore how this project could work for everyone. Let’s try a new approach, working together for a common goal that betters everyone.
By the way, those trains come through our county every day on their way to Canada enriching Canadians. It would be great to have some of that revenue stay in the United States, especially from a shipping terminal that promises to be state-of-the-art and cleaner than what is currently in operation across the border.