Letter: Real-world connections

April 14, 2014 

Regarding D. Stearns' Fast Focus letter on April 6. Even when Concord was king in local grape vineyards, it seems there was always a few twisting vines of a sour variety.

The men and women who sought jobs at Manhattan Project sites openly admitted that they "weren't making it in the real world" of the Great Depression. No one begrudged paying for the war effort of those theory-proving nerds, or the truck drivers and accountants, pipefitters and administrators, carpenters and designers, concrete finishers and chemists, millwrights and record keepers. Or later, paying workers following in those footsteps to ensure our security in the Cold War's real world.

Early Hanford's waste management budgets should have been larger. But Congress wisely funds the painstaking cleanup by traditional workers alongside a third generation skilled in real-world environmental science and technology.

Those tax-dollar paychecks have always shared the region's real world economy with car dealers and bankers, city workers and administrators, home builders and retailers, health care providers and food producers.

The public has long been restricted from the site, but with careful planning -- oh, this just in: Some talented film makers have made a new virtual tour guide of Hanford's historical real world!

LAURA ANDERSON, Kennewick

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