The Mayor Says He Should Use Fewer Words When Talking About Bertha

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First, I appreciate Murray's frankness and humility on this.

Second, I agree with his assessment of the political implications of a Bertha boondoggle, as much as I may wish that were not the reality. Those of us who view a westside light rail line and a second light rail tunnel as the as this region's biggest transportation ought to be hanging our hopes on this tunnel project getting its act together. Not that hoping makes a difference. As someone who voted for Mike McGinn over Ed Murray for mayor, I wish McGinn had used more political capital on being pro-rail than anti-deep-bore-tunnel, rather than the other way around like he did.

And last but not least, the grammar Nazi in me approves of Murray's correcting himself on "less—fewer—words."
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The grammar Nazi @1 could have done a bit of proofreading in the process. Should be:

Those of us who view a westside light rail line and a second light rail tunnel as this region's biggest transportation need ought to be hanging our hopes on this tunnel project getting its act together.
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Remember when the political establishment was angry at Mike McGinn because he was against the tunnel? Good times.
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Remember when the people who voted for Mike (if elected, there will be no tunnel) McGinn in the primary were angry at him for switching to not opposing it prior to the general election. And then another group got to be angry at him for violating a promise not to obstruct.
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lol that picture
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Just needs three words,
"Bertha is Canceled"
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@5, yes, love that picture. All those middle-age white people; a good representation of the power structure in this region.
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Mr Mayor,

Trust in government started faltering long ago - when the powers that be foisted this boondoggle project on Seattle and Washington state, using fear and lies to sell it, while dismissing the mountains of evidence indicating that it was a disaster waiting to happen. You've painted yourself into a corner because of hubris and ignorance and now Seattle and those who support public transportation will have to pay, literally and politically, for your recklessness and poor judgment. There should be hearings and investigations on how this all came to be, and even if we can't criminally prosecute those responsible, we'll have an official record of who did what and why, so maybe we can avoid a similar train wreck in the future.
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"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
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Help! Now I'm tangled in the mayor's words!

@BerthaDeBlues
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love that photo its a bird its a plane its a swindle