Story last updated at 12:44 p.m. Thursday, September 19, 2002

Harbor idea should be sunk
Anchor Point Harbor and Port Authority? And we're going to pay for it by adding more tax to the private property owner? A million-dollar feasibility study by the Army Corps of Engineers? The corps already did a preliminary feasibility student that raised serious doubts. They did it for free. Isn't that good enough for now?

If there was even the slightest possibility that this could make a buck, don't you think someone from the private sector would want to undertake it? Well, don't hold your breath.

So, this basically boils down to another special interest project, the unknown, but for certain to be excessive costs of which are to be born by everyone in the neighborhood, whether you use it or not. Remember, folks, the pie that represents the costs of this project, costs that will go on forever, won't get cut into very many slices.

And let us not forget that the energy folks like Unocal and Marathon would love to have a harbor available to them. Certainly, it should have enough payoff for them that they should be more than happy to underwrite the feasibility study.

Let's keep "the tractor factor" in business awhile longer. The Anchor Point Harbor is an idea whose time hasn't come. Vote "no" Tuesday, Oct. 1. Thank you.

Jim Wilson

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