For the next 250,000 years, we'll need a hazardous waste facility; from the vaults of chemotherapy byproduct to Cold War barrels sunk off our coast, hot materials need secure, sound storage. But other needs seem to outweigh a community-killing event.
Sen. Maria Cantwell's need for Harry Reid's re-election apparently outweighed her professed love of the Reach and the safety of millions of Washingtonians.
What we really need is not scientific expertise and storage; we've got that in spades.
Maybe what we really need are leaders with the courage and conviction to choose safety of their home state (and millions of fellow Americans) over political expediency.
MATTHEW RUANE, Richland