Re: "'Attitude of yes' needed for Point Ruston progress" (editorial, 5-15).
The editorial assumes that an attitude of “yes” is needed with the Point Ruston project as it “cannot be allowed to fail.”
A bit ironic, as this project sits on one of Pierce County’s several Superfund sites. Was the smelter negotiated from a similar position of weakness? Viewed with this attitude, there is no need for regulation at all, because “the project can’t fail.”
Second, the developer was described as “assertive.” Assertive? Even the most naive person would assume the developer is out for his self-interest, and not the long-term interests of us residents. This is expected. But will he be here when all the shortcuts taken so far (ignored permits, propane laid incorrectly) come due?
The feel of the “attitude of yes” is one where the parents give a 16-year-old the keys to the car, but only if she/he promises to come home at a “reasonable” time and to “be safe.” I suspect the town of Ruston would not be the only community that would want to slow down this “assertive” developer.