“I offer nothing more than simple facts, plain arguments, and common sense . . .”
We in Washington are blessed with a republican form of government in which we elect leaders whom we trust to make decisions for the betterment of all. In general, we believe that those leaders deserve our deference, and that when we as individuals disagree with our leaders, we must, to a certain extent, be willing to go along with their decisions out of respect for the process.
There are times, however, when the decisions being made are of such monumental proportion, and have the potential to affect the lives of the governed in such a direct and immediate way, that our leaders have a responsibility to explain to their constituents the process by which their decisions were made. The electorate, for its part, has a corresponding responsibility — to make itself heard, speaking fiercely from a position of knowledge in defense of the common good.
We feel that the decision of our elected leaders to pursue a deep-bore tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct was a poor one, reached because of a flawed and misplaced devotion to outmoded ideals, and made in casual disregard to a public consensus derived from seven years of discussion. This tunnel will be paid for by the single largest tax increase in Seattle’s history, and we feel that if City Hall and the Legislature are to loose the purse-strings of the Common Wealth with an expenditure this extraordinary, it should not be for a 1.7-mile-long buried highway that will be unfit for purpose, obsolete from the day it is built, and which will almost certainly make both our traffic situation and our air pollution worse. We feel that we have a responsibility to our city, and to our fellow Seattleites to ensure that the facts are heard before it is too late to change the outcome.
Finally, we have two requests of you. We ask, first, that you withhold judgment until you have heard us out. Second, If you feel that anything we have written is factually incorrect, please let us know and we will take your suggestions under advisement, and revise the offending passage as necessary.
Many thanks for your time and patience.
The TunnelFacts.com Team