Is it her job to visit air show?

Gov. Chris Gregoire supported the big tax break Boeing got to ensure the 787 would be built in Everett. (Was this part of the deficit the Legislature wrestles with each session?) Next she walked the picket line with the strikers. She believes she helped Boeing win the Air Force tanker contract. Now she appoints a lawyer to head up the state’s efforts to ensure Boeing builds the 737 successor in our state!

Has it not occurred to the governor that this is not what she was elected to do? Boeing has engineers, planners, manufacturing, and quality personnel that are very proficient at what they do. The company also has facilities people who are best at determining what will be required to produce any given product that goes into production.

Admittedly, the multiplicity of new technologies on the 787 overcame even the best of all these talents and resulted in delivery delays, but those lessons are now deeply engraved on all of those minds.

So, now she is off to Paris (again at the expense of state taxpayers, budgeted or not) to tell anyone who may listen about the state’s and Boeing’s capabilities in the aerospace world! There is a large airfield at Moses Lake with a 10,000-foot runway capable of handling 747-type aircraft should that be necessary for a future 737 replacement. Boeing uses it for crew training so they are very aware of it (it was originally built for B-52 modification work). We need a new governor!

Frank Leathley
Mill Creek

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