The Gateway terminal is a game-changer for Whatcom County. If you take the time to listen to the facts and not the fear mongering, you will see that this industry will really help our community in several ways.
First of course are the jobs. Some people say there won’t be that many jobs but how often do you get more than 1,000 permanent local jobs that can support families, and also 4,000-plus jobs that will develop as a result of a couple of years of construction?
The taxes Gateway will pay go to county schools that need the money the state can’t afford to provide. Unlike big retail businesses that want tax breaks, Gateway is not asking for any subsidy. The project will pay its own way. It will join the other good neighbor industries that have benefited our community at Cherry Point.
Environmentally, the Gateway terminal will surpass all of Washington’s extremely high standards. If you care about the people who are trying to make a living that covers the costs of living her, you will see that this shipping terminal is a real benefit for now and the future.
There really are angels watching over us. Sunday afternoon I ran into Bellingham and drove home down Loomis Trail. I had to pick something up at Home Depot and it fit in the backseat of my car as long as I had the top down and the back windows open.
When I got home, I was weed eating and a car drove down the road with people I did not know. They asked if I was Cheryl and said they had found my purse on Loomis Trail. It apparently blew out of the car.
I didn’t thank them enough because I was stunned by the incident. If you are the couple and you are reading this, please contact me again as I wish to thank you properly.