I just read Jerry Cornfield’s Feb. 13 article about how the 2019 Trump budget proposal could potentially remove funding from Sound Transit’s plan to build a light rail link to Lynnwood.
The article seemed unfinished. It contained a series of alarmist quotes from the director of Sound Transit and from the echo chamber of Gov. Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray about why they think the change would be bad. Altogether missing were comments from the Trump administration about why the budget change is proposed.
Could Mr. Cornfield have contacted even a low-level Trump administration official to explain the reasoning of the proposed change? That might have provided readers the information we need to decide whether the budget proposal is fair or should be opposed.
Instead, we can only speculate. Let’s do that:
Could it be that the Trump administration is concerned that there is no federal money to give away because the government is already deeply in debt?
Could it be that the Trump administration wants to spend limited federal funds on projects that will have an actual impact on reducing congestion?
I don’t know. There’s nothing about it in the article.
My suggestion to The Herald would be to finish its reporting and provide a follow-up article that contains the basic elements of news reporting, one of which is to speak to both sides and report fairly.