Councilhuman Kate Burke is to be commended for her bold and courageous stand in favor of public profanity ("Misogyny isn't good taste," Sept. 8, 2018). This is an issue that has been ignored for too long. Thank you, Kate, for continuing to focus on the issues that are so important to Spokane taxpayers.
Millions of dollars are coming from out of state through Mayor Bloomberg's Safe Schools Safe Communities gun ban group. Gun owners are going to lose their Second Amendment rights through initiatives not ever going through Congress.
There is another reason our county fair had the best turnout in years: the local newspaper was a big booster! Spokesman-Review Editor Rob Curley conveyed his anticipation for the fair in an early story. I caught his enthusiasm. Then, reporters covering the fair, wrote upbeat stories, with fun photos. I would have liked even more photos! More farm animals! More kids!
Anthony Bourdain never wanted to be called a journalist, but that’s exactly what he became. In fact, I suspect he’ll end up being remembered as one of the most influential television correspondents ever.
While there is much needed to assist this country's beleaguered criminal justice system, it seems that local judges have worked diligently to create positive changes, such as Community Court which is not held in the "castle," but rather those judges who worked on making that project happen, including Judge Szambelan (when on the Municipal Court), hold that court in places such as the downtown public library and Northeast Community Center.
Americans can be forgiven for thinking that everything involved in Supreme Court nominations – all the institutions, traditions, principles, procedures, solemn oaths and columned buildings – are merely a cover, a disguise for the will to power. Where there is no authority, all that remains is a contest of power.
Many of you have probably not heard of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It’s not a subject that gets a lot of press even though it’s been around for more than 50 years. While you may not have heard about it, the fruits of the LWCF are all around us. The local parks you take your children to may be the product of LWCF funding.
The photo of a child on the back of a sheep is disturbing and shows lack of respect for the animal. I know many readers will say, "Are you serious?" That poor sheep doesn't know the difference between a child and a wolf who may be trying to maul and eat it.
My radio station, broadcasting from Idaho, is being paid to spam an ad by an astroturf organization trying to pass Initiative 1634. The lie is they claim that local government wants to increase taxes on all our groceries.
I was shocked to read about Cathy McMorris Rodgers' red-baiting of Lisa Brown in "Brown's '86 Thesis ..." Fear-mongering distracts from facts and issues. Although John McCain's eulogizers just called for more civility, I haven't seen such Republican fear-mongering since Sen. McCarthy's 1950s scare accusations without evidence. I applaud McMorris Rodgers' "belief in [our] God-given freedom," but the fact is that our American Revolutionary heroes fought hard for our freedom, as our men and women in uniform – and yes, our activists, too – continue to do. This "standing up" is what Brown admired in her Ph.D.-economics thesis.
Once again, carbon "tax fee." As tax, much of its proceeds were to support the McCleary decision. As a fee, it can only be used for its intended purpose. The governor proposes to hold Washington citizens accountable to restrictive standards, exceeding the Paris Accords. Gas tax and utility fee increasingly punishes lower wage workers, but all citizens are affected.