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SATURDAY, OCT. 28, 2017

Sat., Oct. 28, 2017

Prop 2 perfectly legal

If Prop 2 were illegal, why didn't the railroad, oil and coal corporations spend $10,000 to keep it off the ballot, instead of spending $150,000-plus to defeat it? Answer: Then its legality would have been proven.

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Sat., Oct. 28, 2017

Retain Judge Hazel

Judge Tony Hazel should be retained on the Spokane County Superior Court, Position 6. I encourage voters in Spokane County to vote for Judge Hazel when their ballots arrive in the mail.

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Sat., Oct. 28, 2017

Safety is the point

Ozzie Knezovich says in his Oct. 8 column that "nothing in Proposition 2 does anything to increase public safety..." He appears to overlook the reality that unit oil trains of 100=plus tanker cars currently moving very explosive Bakken crude oil through our city multiple times a day, is a very serious danger.

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Sat., Oct. 28, 2017

Time to clean Valley house

Caleb Collier, Mike Munch and Ed Pace are part of the alt-right gang on Spokane Valley City Council that tried to ram a six percent utility tax down our throats last spring without allowing public input until it was shouted down by angry residents when the word got out. Now they have the gall to send out fliers and robo-calls touting "Lower Taxes" and "More Freedom."

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FRIDAY, OCT. 27, 2017

Fri., Oct. 27, 2017

Exercise in futility

The Proposition 2 proponents' attempt to fine oil trains rolling through Spokane is an exercise in futility. Fred Millar stated that "if it actually became enacted, would lead to a lawsuit very quickly from the railroads." He's right on the money. And they have a heck of a lot more of it than does the city of Spokane.

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Fri., Oct. 27, 2017

Justice isn't smart

The Spokesman-Review says its endorsement of Judge Staab "is an easy call." Then you state she has been a solid judge in a court known for innovation and alternatives to jail time. She serves (you further state) on two subcommittees of the Law and Justice Council, including one on racial equality. I personally don't want a judge taking aggressive advocacy positions on committees that many in the community consider experimental. I prefer a judge engaged in the legal equality of the law.

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Fri., Oct. 27, 2017

Prop 2 for safety

I received a colorful brochure in the mail titled "5 Reasons to Vote "NO" on Proposition 2 (paid for by BNSF Railway, Union Pacific, Better Spokane, Inc., Lighthouse Resources Inc. and Tesoro Savage). It implies that Proposition 2 seeks to ban shipments of coal and oil through Spokane. This is not true.

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THURSDAY, OCT. 26, 2017

Thu., Oct. 26, 2017

Congress and war

The U.S. Constitution (Article I, Section 8) grants Congress the power to declare war. The president derives the power to direct the military as commander in chief after a congressional declaration of war (Article II, Section 2). We live in the dangerous shadow of failed undeclared wars, starting with the Korean War to the current "War on Terror."

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Thu., Oct. 26, 2017

Gun issue not simple

What to do in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas? Any proposed policies should be based on facts, not dogma. In this regard, the paper and its readers should review the oped by Leah Libresco in the Oct. 3 Washington Post. Ms. Libresco, a statistician and former writer for FiveThirtyEight (Nate Silver's firm), favored so-called common sense gun control polices and deplored the NRA. But then she and her colleagues spent three months studying gun deaths and concluded that policies such as banning "assault weapons," limiting magazine capacities and restricting suppressors would be ineffective.

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Thu., Oct. 26, 2017

Valley needs new voices

With the new City Hall showcasing our arrival, it's time for Spokane Valley to move boldly into the future. The first step is to elect vibrant new leaders with fresh ideas.

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Thu., Oct. 26, 2017

Why the misinformation?

In recent fliers and statements by opponents of Proposition 2, themes of misinformation keep recurring. Repeatedly statements are made that passage of Proposition 2 would greatly impact all rail transportation, including agriculture, resulting in increased transportation by truck with resultant traffic congestion. Nonsense.

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25, 2017

Wed., Oct. 25, 2017

Council needed to reboot

The City Council's decision to award the East Central Community Center contract to the MLK Center was another example of "action at all costs," i.e., rocks under the bridge. The request–for-proposal (RFP) process was a complete mess. And despite telling us to our faces, sorry for messing up, they moved ahead and awarded the contract to the MLK center anyway.

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Wed., Oct. 25, 2017

Dunau listens

Late in the 1990s, I attended a meeting of the Lake Roosevelt Forum where Andy Dunau was presiding as the executive director and moderator for a gathering with a multitude of users who benefit from and enjoy Lake Roosevelt. Federal and state agency leaders; state and federal fisheries interests; Spokane and Colville Tribal representatives; county commissioners; state and national elected representatives; private taxpaying property owners; and people using Lake Roosevelt for recreation. Each with his own agenda and priorities of achieving the first and best for the interests they represent. Now if this wasn't a venue for a good dog fight, I'll put in with you. Sounds to me like some of the gatherings of the City Council.

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Wed., Oct. 25, 2017

Taken for a ride

I read in the paper that the Spokane Transit Authority bought several new long-bending buses. Now my tax dollars can pay for the buses to drive down the street with 60 empty seats instead of only 45 empty seats.

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TUESDAY, OCT. 24, 2017

Tue., Oct. 24, 2017

Cook a refreshing candidate

Thirty community organizations and hundreds of people have come together to promote needed reforms in our local criminal-justice system. The disproportionate contact and confinement of people of color is one discouraging outcome of a system biased at every decision point.

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