Re: "500 make case against troop cuts" (TNT, 1-22).
I attended the public forum Wednesday at Clover Park Technical College on the Army proposal to cut back 11,000 civilian and military jobs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. It struck me that once again Pierce County is being left behind by our state and national representatives.
If Boeing were proposing to cut 11,000 jobs in King and Snohomish counties, I am sure that the state and national political leaders would respond loud and clear in opposition, as well as finding tax incentives for the jobs to stay.
At the forum, we heard Gov. Jay Inslee talk in platitudes, but he didn't ever say what is being done to help keep the jobs here.
Pierce County has not recovered from the recession, as our unemployment rate is still 7.3 percent, well above the national average of 5.6 percent and King County's 4.4 percent. And our job growth rate is -0.16%, whereas King County's is more than 3.3 percent.
The potential negative impact to our county will certainly put us back into a recession. Yet I have not heard a word from our state and national leaders on what they are doing to make the reductions less severe.