Subject: Re: Bowermand Basin Boondoggle Date: May 1 10:39:31 1995 From: "M. Smith" - whimbrel at u.washington.edu
On Mon, 1 May 1995, Don Baccus wrote: > Aren't you jumping to conclusions by calling it a "boondoggle", etc, > without knowing the details?
I'll quickly agree that I am jumping to a conclusion here. I have no idea exactly what they have planned. And Don, you are probably right that my $50K estimate is too conservative. Regardless, the point I was trying to make is that this seems to be a fine example of grandiose government projects (and I'm not just griping at the gov't, I happen to work for NBS so I'm on the same team), and even without the data you requested, anyone who's done a little fence-building or house maintenance can see that a million dollars is an outrageous price to pay for something as simple as a boardwalk. Regardless of what they have planned, the results of saving marsh vegetation from being trampled could be accomplished at a much lower price than $1 million. You don't have to have an itemized list of wood prices, pile-driving quotes, etc., to realize this is way off. I think my conclusion is quite justified, when you think of the kind of house the same contractors can build for a million dollars, and how much simpler a boardwalk is? Isn't that a justifiable conclusion? I won't bore tweets with lots of details, but can't all of you picture in your heads a fairly simple solution, a low boardwalk from point A to point B, no frills, and saving us all a ton of money over the million-dollar option?
I just think (especially in times such as these) that we need to scrutinize our spending choices, seems like could we could do alot better things for birds with a million dollars than build a boardwalk.
---------------- Michael R. Smith Univ. of Washington, Seattle whimbrel at u.washington.edu http://salmo.cqs.washington.edu/~wagap/mike.html