Bladder-busting budget cutting?

I am an elderly lady, and was on a long drive northbound on I-5 when I needed to stop at a rest area. I was near Longview, and welcome signs advised me there was a rest stop, so I pulled in. When I arrived at the rest rooms, however, I was greeted by a “closed” sign on both men’s and women’s (this was a busy summer weekend), and a locked door. Milling around on the sidewalk was a group of rebellious looking ladies, wondering what the world was coming to, and discussing their options. Rumor had it that the state had closed the restrooms in order to save money.

Please, Washington state legislators, give us a break. How much can it cost to maintain the facilities so that residents of and visitors to this state can drive comfortably? Or, if we are really that poor, at least use a magic marker and put a sign up advising us that there is no comfort station to be had, so travelers can inundate the nearest fast food places and minimarts.

Needless to say, many folks were strolling in and out of the shrubbery around the parking lot before driving on. Must we regress to dark ages’ hygiene in order to balance the budget?

Ann Lynch
Everett

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