Good morning, Netizens...
After reading quite a few messages about the article that appears in the latest Inlander, which appears here http://www.inlander.com/content/newscommentary_decade_review_rps_sta_strong_mayor and a well-written rebuttal written by The Center For Justice's Tim Connor which appears here: http://cforjustice.org/2010/01/01/01012010/ and after pulling and reviewing my own records about the early days of the River Park Square Parking Garage debacle, I have had to make some hard decisions yet once again. I state once again because this entire affair has been beating our consciousness for a considerable time, it has impacted a lot of innocent people, but regrettably, it isn't over yet.
I know too many people who simply sold their homes and businesses and moved out of the area because of the politics of the time. I remember how the stench of corruption hung over City Hall once the facts surrounding the public-private partnership first became known.
The Inlander article by Joel Smith and Nicholas Deshais appears to have deliberately ignored anyone who holds a different opinion of the facts. No mention is made of the death of Jo Savage, save for the comments to the article by both Ron_the_Cop and the Center for Justice's Tim Connor. In fact, I cannot recall reading anything in the Inlander that is negative in any way to the interests of Downtown Spokane. Do Smith and Deshais have the balls to quote the elegant former City Councilwoman Cherie Rogers on the “mystery financing” surrounding the parking garage, for example? That might ruin their thesis. I nearly spilled my coffee upon hearing that Jim Sheehan's developments have any ties to River Park Square. Oh, yeah, sure.
However I think someone should award Joel Smith and Nicholas Deshais a set of matching pom poms and frilly cheerleader costumes so they can stand in front of River Park Square and properly serve up more plastic cups of boosterism that they seem to have uncapped in lieu of journalism.