How Sea-Tac Airport can keep up with growth

IN the 21st century, world-class cities need world-class airports.

For Seattle to make the most of its thriving economy, its attractiveness as a convention and tourism destination, its geographic advantage for international trade, and just to handle the needs of its growing population, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport must compare favorably to the world’s best airports.

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Vancouver oil terminal necessary to state, U.S. energy needs

The Mosier, Oregon, train derailment is not, as some opponents argue, a reason to reject smart investments in our regional energy infrastructure.

Yes, every effort should be made to repair the damage caused by the spill, allow Mosier residents to return to their normal lives, determine what happened, and identify lessons that can be applied to enhance the safety of future train shipments. However, we must also keep the big picture in mind.


Support for fuel terminals is support for state’s workers

The governor, the executives of King and Pierce County, the Seattle City Council, some members of the Tacoma City Council and others – including some of our union brothers and sisters – should seriously rethink their opposition to the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal in Bellingham and the Millennium Bulk Terminal and Vancouver Energy export terminals in Vancouver.

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Vancouver Energy terminal: good for Washington and nation

The irony of activists getting to anti-oil protests in cars and in kayaks made from petroleum is inescapable. Even if they are unwilling to admit it, they and every one of us benefits from the move to make the United States energy independent.

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Washington BCTC endorses Vancouver Energy Terminal

VANCOUVER —The Washington Building and Construction Trades Council (WBCTC) has endorsed the proposed $210 million Vancouver Energy terminal at the Port of Vancouver, and is supporting efforts to seek timely regulatory approval so construction can begin.



Why labor is backing expansion of Washington trade terminals

Washington state is at an economic crossroads. With more than 94,000 new jobs created over the last year and unemployment holding around 6 percent, it is imperative we keep this positive momentum going. As a leader of the Washington State Building Trades Council, I was pleased our statewide representatives passed a resolution supporting the Gateway Pacific Terminal expansion project (GPT) at our state convention.

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Seattle’s building boom is good news for a new generation of workers

For better or worse, Seattle is back in boom phase, fueled by the explosive growth of and other tech-related industries.

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Hansen’s Sodo arena proposal would boost jobs while protecting vital services

Chris Hansen’s proposal to build a multipurpose arena in Seattle’s Stadium District will bring construction jobs and permanent jobs to our local economy as we struggle to maintain Seattle’s recovery from the Great Recession.

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Time to get moving on the Highway 520 bridge replacement

Thirteen years of studying and designing a replacement for the Highway 520 bridge is enough, write these guest columnists. Any more delay, as suggested by Seattle interests, would cost taxpayers more time and money, squander the opportunity that exists now to get a better deal and create jobs and risks the bridge’s collapse in an…

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