Times Coverage — Readers Repeatedly Exposed To Port’s Trade Boosterism

Editorials & Opinion: Thursday, November 19, 1998

Letters To The Editor

The Times’ inadequate coverage of the container ship APL China’s tow into Elliott Bay Nov. 2 caused me distress for reasons very different from those expressed by Times reader Pat Haugen (“Times lacks understanding, ability to relate newspaper to realities of our community,” Letters, Nov. 10).

My concerns are not that The Times does not show enough sympathy for our region’s trade dependence. To the contrary, Times readers are repeatedly exposed to the trade boosterism rhetoric of the Port of Seattle without similar attention paid to the Port’s impact on the marine environment and our quality of life.

The Times completely missed the significance of the timing of the APL China’s arrival coinciding with Vice President Al Gore’s campaign stop in Washington. His previous visit to Washington a month ago was to dedicate the Port’s new terminal for APL. The vice president, along with the transportation secretary, made a public commitment at that time to having an interim solution to the flagrant gap in maritime safety along the first 70 miles of the Strait of Juan de Fuca by Nov. 1.

His appearance at Westlake Mall on Nov. 2 did not include any comments on the progress of those efforts or the adamant opposition to such efforts by the steamship operators, while the damage to the APL China made clear the risks posed by these increasingly larger ships calling on our waters. Fred Felleman Northwest director, Ocean Advocates

Seattle

Copyright (c) 1998 Seattle Times Company, All Rights Reserved.

~ by fredfelleman on November 19, 1998.

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