After years of bragging about bending over backwards for business, I find it ironic that the city of Spokane Valley now finds itself bent over backwards by shoddy work done by the business it hired to build its new city hall. If only there was some way to ensure that work being done was up to code and site-specific – like permits, inspections and construction oversight. I guess the city staff was too busy being business friendly to adequately supervise the construction of their own city hall.
In response to Marc A. Thiessen, "Collusion Hall of Fame" (March 31), and Kathleen Parker, "Requiem for an investigation," (March 28):
Good for Bernie Sanders for going into the lion's den (i.e., a place outside his echo chamber) and scheduling a town hall on Fox. I despair of a political party so petulant it refuses to allow Fox to host a presidential debate. If your ideas are sound and you can articulate them and keep your cool, what's to fear?
Columnist Nicholas Deshais alerts us to an effort to improve the utility of some downtown alleyways ("Discovering cultural and artistic value in alleyways," Aprl 1, 2019), while preserving their culture, history, art, etc.
I agree with Mr. Lythgoe ("Democrats, media don't care," March 28) that what he calls the media got way over its skis during the Mueller investigation, including Fox News and News Max as well as MSNBC and CNN.
While I send my congratulations to both Gonzaga University basketball teams for their outstanding seasons, I have serious reservations about the Spokesman-Review's over-the-top coverage.
The government can't protect us from ourselves.
About Mark Schoesler's guest opinion attacking Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and our state legislature ("Inslee et al not getting the message on carbon fees," March 26) for heeding the scientific community's warnings, committing to carbon-free electricity in 25 years as three other states have and several more soon will.
I am truly thankful that we haven't (apparently) been the victim of any new and especially deadly foreign-inspired terrorist attacks. Without a doubt, our FBI and intelligence and police agencies deserve our profound gratitude, though we understandably don't hear much about those efforts and successes. In any case, we should be extremely grateful for our good fortune ... shouldn't we?
As many of you have heard, the Clean Energy Bill is passing through the House and Senate. Compliance with the requirements is mandated by penalties if utilities do not meet the new standard by a specific date. Section 8 (1) states "An electric utility that fails to comply with sections 3 and 4 of this act shall pay a penalty to the state of Washington..." The good news is that penalties may not be passed on to ratepayers of investor-owned utilities (IOUs) like Avista.
Trump blamed the Cohen testimony to Congress as the reason the Vietnam summit ended in a failure. That is a lie.
I felt compelled to respond to Phil Thayer's letter ("Other info on global warming," March 26), in which he seemed to suggest that there are a significant number of climate scientists who justly disagree with consensus about the present rate of climate change. If such a group espousing legitimate contradictions exists, they certainly are not the ones Phil Thayer named.
We are seeing horror stories regarding possible layoffs at some school districts including School District 81.
Senator Mark Schoesler ("Inslee, et al., not getting message on carbon fees," March 26) correctly points out that Washington voters have twice voted against carbon fees or taxes in recent years. It is far easier to say "not me, not now" than to initiate inconvenient action that will predominantly benefit future generations.
It's somewhat telling to note the lead article, page one, in today's (March 26) Spokesman-Review describing potential job losses in public schools following the takeover by the state in local district funding, while the lead article in the Northwest section describes state Democrats proposing more taxes (capital gains, real estate, business and occupation) in spite of a surplus in the state coffers.
Democracy is at a crossroad. Donald Trump's veto of congressional legislation declaring that "wall" funding is not a national emergency has set up a showdown with Congress for spending authority. This issue is way beyond Republican and Democratic politics. A Congress unable to override a presidential veto gives the president dictatorial power.
As our sisters and brothers in so-called red states (Nebraska, Iowa, etc.) succumb to "epic" flooding, a question of politics arises: in what way can we vote against the terrifying, life-threatening floods as well as fires, draughts, cyclones, etc. that occur daily on our planet as a result of global warming?
In regards to our City Council considering opening City Hall to the homeless population: this is the worst idea ever!
Why are Gonzaga and Whitworth against the First Amendment? Example: Canceling Ben Shapiro speaking engagements. Our university students are being brainwashed and federal funding should be eliminated to universities and schools that promote one-sided politics.
I am the parent of an adult with a disability, and I oppose HB 1706/SB 5753. I believe everyone deserves a living wage, whether or not they are disabled, but HB 1706 won't accomplish this.
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