The recipe is pretty basic: Stupid, cooked up in a base of no hard facts, smothered in a thick sauce of nepotism, and served with a side of "jobs, jobs, jobs" for the suckers in the audience...
proposed composites recycling center in Port Angeles will move $1 million
closer to construction if a Clallam County advisory panel gets its way.
Opportunity Fund Advisory Board voted 4-1 Thursday to recommend that county
commissioners advance that amount to finish a 25,000-square-foot shell building
at William R. Fairchild International Airport.
port receives the Opportunity Fund money and another $2 million from a federal
grant, construction could start in July, with operations opening in January.
center initially would employ six people, with 111 working there within five
years at annual incomes ranging from $35,000 to $72,000, its backers told the
that include aerospace firms in the Puget Sound region could spool
their trimmed material like ribbon and store it in refrigerated semi-trailers
parked at their factories.
port would ship the trimmings to Port Angeles — initially about six truckloads
a month — where it would be wound onto mandrels for reforming or be chopped or
ground into pieces suitable for making new sheets of material and eventually
manufactured items for the cycling, water sports or agriculture markets.
the cost of refrigerated shipping, the port could acquire composite material —
worth $44 a pound in its raw form — for $10 a pound and turn the
savings into family-wage paychecks.
proposal wasn’t without its critics.
letter supporting her “no” vote, OFAB member Sharon DelaBarre questioned whether the materials could be transported easily to Port Angeles, and whether a skilled workforce could be recruited in Clallam County.
resident Bob Lynette said he worries whenever academic institutions partnered
with governmental agencies on projects like the recycling center because, he
said, they seldom do adequate research.
hasn’t Boeing and these other companies said, ‘Yeah, we’ll put in hard cash to
get this going’?” he asked.