Just as opponents of the Columbia River Crossing light rail project have been saying all along, Portland, Oregon is calling the shots while Clark County Washington will be bearing the lion’s share of expense.
We have been saying for some time now that this is not a bridge replacement project, that is only the carrot used to force Clark County into not only accepting Portland’s financially failing, deep in debt light rail against our wishes and now we once again see the truth of that coming out of Oregon.
As published in the Columbian evening online edition, Kitzhaber: Without light rail, new span across Columbia is history and Kitzhaber: Removal of light rail will kill CRC project as our state legislature is going back and forth over funding and light rail of the project.
Even opponents agree a new bridge would be great, but as was indicated in the Columbian’s recent poll, 87% of county residents want a third bridge first.
But, Oregon is having no part of it, as Tim Raphael, a spokesman for Kitzhaber, said, “Governor Kitzhaber has been clear from the start: No light rail. No project. No kidding.”
Kitz isn’t the first to try to bully Clark County into accepting their outmoded, 19th century choo choo train. We’ve been hearing it for several years now from past Mayor of Portland, City Council Members, legislators and even some sell outs on our side of the river who place Oregon above the people in Washington they have been elected to represent.
All it has done is increase the opposition and strengthen our resolve.
We have voted down your light rail directly once and by proxy 3 or 4 times since.
You can belly ache, threaten us, try to bully us, it isn’t going to work, Kitzie.
You see, you may have the Washington House in your pocket with the likes of Jim Moeller and Sharon Wylie, you might have Tim ‘the Liar’ Leavitt in your pocket and even County Commissioner Steve Stuart over a barrel, but you do not have Don Benton, Ann Rivers, Curtis King and the Senate Majority Coalition fooled into licking your boots.
Nor do you have the citizens of Clark County.
We’re wise to the lies and deceit surrounding this boondoggle since day one. We know it is first and foremost to force your light rail on us, your own Supreme Court told us that last year.
We know it is a lie that the bridge is in danger of collapsing. If it truly were, you and everybody else would be getting it built, not playing games with us on light rail.
We know commute time is not going to greatly enhanced and we also know of the efforts of your legislature to stick us with a bridge height inadequate to meet river commerce needs while they are seeking to encourage those companies negatively affected to pack up and relocate deeper into Oregon.
You have nothing left to bribe us with or to bully to us with, just your hollow words.
Please, feel free to pull out. Go right ahead.
You see, we also know you’re lying there too. You need those 60,000 Clark County commuters to not only fill jobs in your area but to pay in the millions of tax dollars you hit them for every year while giving them noting in return.
So you go right ahead, try your bullying and strong arming.
Put on those bully pants.
They only make your ass look bigger than you already are a horses ass.