Opinion


WEDNESDAY, JAN. 13, 2016




Resolution skirts input

As a longtime resident of the city of Spokane Valley, I am deep troubled by Councilman Ed Pace's anti-sanctuary resolution. The way in which the resolution was passed was most troubling. It was added to the agenda during the meeting so citizens did not know about it before the meeting.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 12, 2016



Help end gridlock

Another election is behind us and a major one looms this fall. Most folks reading this will agree that according to Gallup, there is a 16 percent approval rating for the U.S. Congress. Americans have given our representatives failing grades for decades, but we keep sending them back.

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Landscaping a key

I agree with the resolution that Amanda Parrish mentioned in the Dec. 27 The Spokesman Review ("2016 Wish List"). Parrish is the watershed program manager for the Lands Council. She states that new water management measures need to be enacted.

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Pass sick/safe leave

Now that the elections are over, it is time for the Spokane City Council to vote on an earned sick and safe leave policy. As a member of the working group that made recommendations to the City Council on a framework of such a policy, I want to emphasize the need for a strong policy that allows employees to take up to five days of paid sick/safe leave per year.

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MONDAY, JAN. 11, 2016


Background checks reasonable

I recently purchased my first and, hopefully, last firearm. I fell on the side of needing it and not having it, and I pray that I never have to fire it due to a danger to myself or my family. I didn't buy it now because I am concerned about not having the option in the future. Mine is for protection, plain and simple.

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Is 'thank you' extinct?

Have you ever noticed how many retail clerks have a difficult time with two words after your purchase? So they substitute them for "have a good one." Good one what? Or another popular phrase is "there you go!" Go where? My favorite came from a clerk who said nothing, nada. Just a blank stare.

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