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SATURDAY, AUG. 6, 2016





Spokane deserves better

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck. Mayor Condon's latest end run is too familiar. Appointing a police chief in an end run around the community and city council is part of the pattern we citizens have experienced over the years. A few examples are: ignoring the PLAC report; appointing McDevitt on his own; the evidence that the Straub report was withheld before the mayoral election; missteps within the administration in areas of processing Humayan's paperwork for a work visa to accept the police ombudsman position.

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FRIDAY, AUG. 5, 2016


Dump Mayor Condon

This letter is not about the person Mayor Condon selected to be the new chief. It is about the process he used and what it says to us as residents of Spokane. The mayor completely ignored the city charter (section 24), which states that any administrative head or assistant chosen by the mayor "shall be subject to the approval of the City Council."

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Meidl unqualified to lead police

Officer Craig Meidl's leadership skills were on public display back when he chose to follow the crowd and salute his good friend and fellow officer Karl Thompson following his felony conviction in federal court. This brazen insult to Otto Zehm, his family, this community and our legal system is now dismissed by Meidl as "instinctive" when it was clearly well thought out, orchestrated and intentional.

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Outside View: $15 Minimum Wage has Pros, Cons

Proponents often view the minimum wage as a panacea; critics decry it as a “job-killer.” Now, according to ongoing research by a team of economists at the University of Washington, neither view is entirely accurate – or completely unfounded.

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THURSDAY, AUG. 4, 2016

Consult the Council, Condon

Craig Meidl seems to be a good choice for Spokane's new chief of police. However, I have to wonder why he didn't apply for the position in the first place, and secondly, why is Mayor Condon seemingly not willing to have the City Council be part of the selection process? After all, they are an integral part of city government, wouldn't you say?

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