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We're getting tail-end of Boeing

It’s time we show them the door! Boeing, that is.

Haven’t we taken enough abuse from them over the past year or two? I say aim them at the “out” door and give them a swift kick in the behind.

I love the latest hit our governor has agreed to. Speaking for you and I, he said something like Please, Mr. Boeing, oh please, stay here, or at least throw us a few crumbs and we will give you billions of dollars. (Dollars that probably should go to our schools.)

And what was Boeing’s response? They agreed to let our people glue the tail on the next new model they build.

Isn’t that just great? For transferring billions of dollars out of our pockets into theirs, we get the tail. As they used to say, the part of the chicken that goes over the fence last.

We don’t get to build the body, the wings, the engines, the insides, the wheels, the controls, the electronics, the carpets, the bathrooms. That’s what we don’t get.

We get to stick on the tail. (Probably manufactured in Bangladesh or Indonesia.)

So here’s the deal as I understand it: Either we shower them with our hard-to-come-by tax dollars, or they will pack up and move to Mississippi or Texas or some such other state.

Give –– or rather, sell them –– the privilege of sticking on the tail. Probably take several hundred employees to do it, and we sure know where they can hire some well-trained people, don’t we?

And where will that leave us? More people will be moving out than will be moving into our state. No more headlines, “Boeing lays off thousands.”

We won’t have to build more freeways, we will no longer have the most expensive housing in the country, our schools won’t be as crowded, South 320th will have a few less cars, and we won’t have to hurry building our light-rail system.

Feel free to write a letter to the editor if you can see something I missed.

Art Hagberg

Federal Way

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