By Community Matters
“You’re getting railroaded—literally,” (Lakewood Deputy Mayor Don Anderson) told the audience. “The best you can hope for is for Congress to cut off funding.”
Hope is not an action plan. A letter to Congress is.
All of the documentation of which we are aware, that the City of Lakewood has initiated about the Washington State Department of Transportation’s plan to push as many as 12 high speed trains per day through Lakewood, is posted at www.CommunityMattersWeb.com. A letter to Congress is not among them.
Councilwoman-elect Marie Barth said that city officials will “just have to watch how it plays out, take our stand and do the best we can.”
Watching and hoping are twins.
“Doing too little,” wrote Martin Wolf of the Financial Times, “is now far riskier than doing too much.”
Paul Bocchi, also council-elect, feared a referendum – if not overwhelmingly opposed to Amtrak – might amount to giving heavy rail carte blanche to exert their considerable heavy-handed will.
Add “might” to watch and hope. And, to this recipe for disaster, throw in some “chance”. Per Bocchi: “The question is how much effort the city will have to expend to stop it when the chances are not that good.”
Some parting wisdom shared by Councilman Walter Neary suggested this council is “probably going to be the strongest council ever.”
But “watch”, “hope”, and “chance” are hardly synonyms for “strength”.
“There’s as much risk in doing nothing as in doing something.”
– F. Trammell Crow (June 10, 1914 – January 14, 2009)