Opinion

Building for State Patrol is shameless boondoggle

Harry Branch

Olympia

The plan to demolish the state’s 1063 building and build a new colossus in its place is a shameless boondoggle.

We’re told the old building is not earthquake safe, yet over its life it has survived earthquakes that caused significant damage to other buildings. We’re told that it’s infested with rodents and other pests. So, let’s demolish all Manhattan?

We’re told that it’s ugly. Of course it’s ugly; the entire building including many windows is painted olive drab. Imagine if the windows were cleaned and trimmed with awnings and flags and the building was painted in a way that emphasized the art deco entrance.

Next in line is the GA building. The new building will be “green.” More energy efficient. But the proponents of this idea refuse to consider cradle to grave impacts, the mining of gravel, the cooking of concrete (7 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases), the transporting and working of concrete and the disposal of old concrete.

The GA building is supposedly worn out. We build things with an expected life span 75 years. Are we going to repeat this process every 70 years? Where will we find the materials? My daughter’s Paris apartment is 270 years old and will probably last another 270 years. This boondoggle will generate over 800, temporary, family wage jobs.

This might be justifiable if so many people paying taxes weren’t making less than a family wage job.

Harry Branch

Olympia

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