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Advisory vote is democratic

I was initially shocked and then became downright mad at Mr. Nichols suggesting that I along with the other 40,784 voters were "misinformed and misguided" on the advisory vote for the location of a new football stadium ("Board should ignore vote, build downtown," Nov. 9, 2018). "Disregard the votes and build it downtown anyway."

Finally ready to govern?

Columnist Robert J. Samuelsen made the following observation in today's Opinion page ("Can they overcome distrust?" Nov. 11, 2018) to explain his skepticism that a newly divided government will lead to legislative progress.

No second chance for victims

I am writing in response to a letter printed in the Nov. 14 edition of the Spokesman-Review ("Criminal sentencing reform"). The letter printed was from Naveed Haq.

Resurrect immigration reform bill

On June 27, 2013, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill by a veto-proof 68-32 margin. With a bipartisan House of Representatives majority in favor (Froma Harrop, Spokesman-Review, Jan. 20, 2018) and President Obama's signature assured, the bill was destined to become law until the Republican House leadership, including our own Cathy McMorris Rodgers, violated majority rule by not allowing a vote of the full House. The bill included a nationwide employment eligibility verification system (E-Verify) and stricter border control, along with a path to citizenship for eleven million undocumented immigrants, an innovative temporary worker program and increased visa numbers for skilled foreign workers.

Maybe he can’t help it

In my web browsing I am noting multiple articles and comments lamenting President Trump's lack of empathy for the victims of fires in California.

Plan ahead, city leaders

Recently we have heard from the media that Spokane is projected to grow by approximately 15,000 more people this next year. (I don't know if that is good or not.) If this is the case, our city leaders need to plan for more: more housing, rentals, jobs, mass transit, improved road systems, homeless shelters, improved expanded prison system and more police personnel.

A woman’s right to anger

Marc Theissen's recent editorial claiming the "Kavanaugh debacle cost the Democrats the Senate" (Nov. 9, 2018) overlooked the gender bias every woman experiences in American politics and business. During the Supreme Court nomination hearing Judge Brent Kavanaugh and Sen. Lindsey Graham were literally spitting mad. They growled, sneered, spat and yelled their way through their testimonies. Republicans and right-wing pundits interpreted these out-of-control displays of emotion as "righteous anger."

Hear every voice, Cathy

Born in Spokane to a life of music, I have been blessed to participate in many musical groups -- from bands to the youth symphony and more. As an educator in the Spokane Valley for 37 years, I had the privilege of sharing music with countless students.

Honor the advisory vote

I have no position on where the new stadium should be built. But the voters sure did. By a 2-1 margin, Spokane voters told leaders to build the stadium at the Albi site.

Playing with numbers

On Nov. 10, 2018, The Spokesman-Review published the article "Idaho utility's lawsuit against EPA involving salmon on hold" by Keith Ridler. Idaho Power claims that the change they advocate could "...reduce the cost of electricity, the company said, saving customers up to $100 million over 50 years."

That was no wave

Morning Joe is correct in his recent article that President Trump's mouth and demeanor cost Republicans a lot of votes ("That was a wave; Trump lost," Joe Scarborough, Nov. 10, 2018).

Vestal’s out of touch

Throughout this recent election season, I was continually amazed at the Spokesman-Review's proclivity to have Shawn Vestal's column prominently grace your pages at what seemed like two to three times per week.

We’re in it together

This is not a political comment. It is not about the presidency or Donald Trump or Congress. It's not even about Veterans Day, although that's where this thought comes from.

Where is the sympathy?

Now he has gone too far in his insensitivity! After saying he would give emergency funds to several California counties, President Trump then threatened to cut funds to those affected by the severe wildfire outbreak. The reason ... he says it's because of "gross mismanagement." So if they don't fix what her perceives as poor management immediately, no aid.

A blue - and women’s - wave

The Republican ability to ignore reality is again shown by John Wozniak's letter ("What wave?" Nov. 11, 2018). As of now, the GOP picked up only two Senate seats in a very extremely beneficial choice of which seats were up for election. At the same time, they've lost 32 seats in the House of Representatives. One tangent to note is that they won those seats with the same vote margin the GOP had when they won more than 60 seats in Obama's first mid-term, showing clearly that Republican voter disenfranchisement is working to cling to power.

A not-so-cheap shot

John Blanchette's column, Broncos' ad a shot across Zags' bow, referencing the full-page ad purchased by the Santa Clara athletic department, brought a smile to my face while sipping my morning coffee. Talk may be cheap, but based upon S-R advertising rates, cheap talk will cost you $4,000.

Confusion abounds

I can't tell you how confused I am. There are cattle ranchers who want/demand access to public land. They don't want the federal government to interfere. Yet when a few cows are eaten by wolves, they want the federal government to intervene. By killing wolves

Jordan treatment shameful

No clearer sign of a political party at risk of becoming inbred, out of touch and self-defeating than the barrage of attacks-from-within against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan, intended to ensure the young Native woman would lose by at least as many points as the usual old white millionaire nominees do.

No enforcement for Lime?

Since when is it OK to ride an electric-assisted scooter or bicycle on a city sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to step aside to avoid being hit, RCW 46.61.710(3)?

Real change starts at home

We must not allow our lives to be governed by politically subjective talking points. It is imperative we direct ourselves to unprejudiced understanding and attain a knowledge that transcends political party lines.

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