I noted the following editorializing in a recent article written by your reporter, Nancy Covert:
“A costly solution-starting around $75,000-to ensure that a very small segment of town residents can have a restful sleep.”
I supplied the underlining. I would like your reporter to consider that the literally hundreds of houses in the areas of Steilacoom impacted by the train horns are appraised at extremely high values – well above the Steilacoom average – and the homeowners pay accordingly high property taxes. In light of this, I suggest the description of $75,000 as “costly” is more than just editorializing, it is inaccurate.
I would also draw to your reporter’s attention the fact that trains honking for the Sunnyside and ferry dock crossings at two and three in the morning are also an annoyance to our neighbors in Oakbrook. I suggest a little investigative reporting on how the noise reverberates through their neighborhoods as well might be in order.
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