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Where is Oso outrage?

So the state of Washington, to avoid going to trial, has agreed to a $50 million dollar settlement to the Oso plaintiffs. This is in addition to the $1.1 million fine imposed by the judge because the state’s expert witnesses were deleting emails that should have been preserved.

Where is the outrage?

It is so clear why the state does not want to go to trial. State employees would have to testify under oath. State records would be made public. The $50 million has a great benefit to the state. No one faces the possibility of perjury and jail time. Everyone keeps their salary. Everyone keeps their medical plan. Everyone keeps their pension plan. Business and benefits go on as usual.

Where is the outrage?

For the state to agree to $50 million dollars, it appears obvious that there was some wrongdoing or incompetence somewhere. Where is the media? Where are the investigative reporters? Who is asking Gov. Inslee some tough questions? Who has been fired? Who has been demoted? For a $50 million dollar settlement one would think that somewhere in Olympia, some heads should roll.

Where is the outrage?

Ronald Garrett

Spokane Valley



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