Capitol Lake option estimates are skewed
A recent edition of The Olympian contained an article with the headline “Capitol Lake option costlier than estuary.” Unfortunately, it did not tell the whole story. Documents available at the Department of General Administration Web site and GA presentations indicate some of the reasons for the higher cost.
The first is that the “managed lake” option calls for dredging the entire lake back to the Deschutes channel and building a boat launch. The committee refused to consider an option calling for dredging just the lower lake.
The second is a plan to dredge to 13 feet, not a lesser depth that would cost much less. Finally, the cost of the lake option is higher due to inaction of the state over the past five years while studying.
Including the average 35,000 cubic yards per year, this has added 175,000 cubic yards already and will increase before any action is taken.
Including the cost of doing what should have been done earlier inflates the cost of the lake option and skews the comparison. This is similar to doing no maintenance on your car for several years and finding that it will cost less to scrap it than to repair what should have been done earlier.
DENIS CURRY, Olympia
Running red lights can be deadly
There are a few Washington drivers who feel the fine for running a red light and getting caught on camera, should be at the same level as a parking ticket.
It seems to me that parking too long in one spot has never injured or, heaven forbid, killed someone.
I say take your punishment like an adult, and be glad your rush to save a few seconds didn’t cause a crash!
EILEEN MYERS, Olympia