Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Education cuts take the wind out of ferry service
Short-sighted education policy strikes again! Regarding this from today's Seattle Times: "Ferries rocked by lack of crew; 31 trips canceled last weekend"
Ferry crewmen have the lives of hundreds of people in their hands, so they really need to know what they're doing, right? Yet "around 2008, the state stopped subsidizing tuition and wages for the training that deckhands need to rise in rank." So now, five years later, ferries can't safely meet demand.