Letters to the Editor

Economy: Don't chase away more good-wage jobs

I saw an interesting correlation in Tuesday’s paper (TNT, 5/31) between the article about RedLine Tacoma and Matt Driscoll’s column on affordable housing.

RedLine’s focus appears to be on actively shutting out any industrial opportunities that would provide good-paying jobs for Tacoma citizens. One of their organizers says they are “not anti-business,” but their actions speak much louder than their words. They have already chased one business away, Northwest Innovation Works, and now are trying to get rid of another, Puget Sound Energy’s liquefied natural gas plant.

The Driscoll column states the obvious that “Tacoma and Pierce County need far more good-paying jobs, not the low-paying service sector jobs that the economy is increasingly built on.” Tacoma needs to welcome business opportunities to provide good-paying jobs and improve our tax base, not chase these opportunities away.