When an area congressman from the majority party raises red flags about a huge project like the Columbia River Crossing
it's pretty noteworthy.
And Tuesday's Columbian
quoted U.S. Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) as raising those concerns with some provocative comments
(PDF) questioning the crossing's financing and concluding the project might need to be scaled back. He told the Vancouver newspaper that "I didn't invent mathematics, but I try to listen to it ... And if the numbers aren't there, the numbers aren't there."
(Bike Portland has already picked up
on Baird's eye-popping comments.)