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FRIDAY, OCT. 9, 2009, 5:52 A.M.

Are we really the land of the free?

David Horsey,,
The land of the free?  (The Spokesman-Review)
David Horsey,, The land of the free? (The Spokesman-Review)

Good morning, Netizens...

Cartoonist David Horsey asks a question that perhaps doesn't really apply to Spokane's racial makeup, although one has to admit the teen violence and gang mentality has already begun to arrive here in sufficient numbers to justify the Spokane Police Department having a gang unit.

That aside, there was a time not that many years ago when I thought nothing of strolling around downtown and, especially, Riverfront Park, with total impunity. Now I wouldn't walk through those areas unless I was armed and had the means to avoid being tasered for being in the wrong place at the wrong time with a plastic Pepsi bottle in my hand. 

The gangs are here. Does their presence in Spokane limit what we once considered to be our personal freedom?


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