WA State Ferries inspires new ‘Grim Ferry Tales’

by Tim Flanagan on May 28, 2009

Rob Piercy has the story at King-5:

OLYMPIA, treatment Wash. – The fairy tales written by the Grimm Brothers some 200 years ago have been read by millions of people all over the world.

Tales such as “Little Red Riding Hood, buy information pills ” “Rapunzel” and “Hansel and Gretel” have been told and retold for generations.

Now there’s a new story: “Grim Ferry Tales.” It’s a publication by a group called the Evergreen Freedom Foundation, a non-partisan political think-tank based in Olympia.

“Grim Ferry Tales” is a slick, well produced pamphlet chronicling the history of Washington State Ferries. The pages are full of scathing criticisms of how the state ferry system is run.

One page reads: “Ferry Tales: A tragicomedy about failure, folly, and foolishness at Washington State Ferries.”

Volunteers have been handing out the pamphlets to passengers waiting in line at ferry docks.

Scott St. Clair, who did the research that went into “Grim Ferry Tales,” says the goal is pull back the curtain and give people a glimpse of how their tax dollars are being used and misused at W.S.F.

“We wanted to take a look at some of the issues inside the ferry system,” he said.

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