As a longtime Olympia resident and Port of Olympia supporter, I feel compelled to comment on the May 26 article about Sue Gunn’s challenge to Jeff Davis for the District 3 seat. The first 22 weeks of this year show the port’s best financial performance since 1995. The port just signed Weyerhaeuser as a customer for 25 years. The port has attracted new cargoes and is currently working at near capacity with further growth in the planning stages.
Ports are chartered to be gateways and economic engines for U.S. imports and exports that help our economy to not only sustain, but to grow. The jobs that the port currently generates are solid family-wage jobs that include longshoremen, truckers and a plethora of other beneficiaries who profit directly and indirectly from the ripple effect of port operations.
As for contaminants, for years the port has been working proactively with the Corps of Engineers to clean up Budd Inlet. As for being vibrant and people friendly, the port prides itself on being open to schools and other civic groups. And if employees seem less than vibrant, it might be because they work extremely hard to keep up with the demands of their positions.
Anyone tuned into port operations would know that and appreciate their efforts. In short, Gunn’s rhetoric would be compelling if it was true, but it’s not.