November 2, 1997 in City

Future Is Yours For The Shaping

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Who says political science is boring? It may not seem much like science, but this fall’s campaigns at least have been entertaining.

Here in Spokane, an out-of-town mall developer used scurrilous phone surveys and big “independent” campaign outlays to help a mayoral candidate hostile to his competition downtown.

Statewide, two loony and lavishly funded initiatives aim to free junkies from prison and pester handgun owners with a nanny bureaucracy that would confiscate Second Amendment rights.

These ham-handed campaigns obscured the fact that there is real progress to be won on Tuesday. In Spokane County, voters can continue a conservation program that preserves a little scenic open space from development. Voters have a chance finally to do something about the wretched condition of local streets, by enacting a fair and reasonably affordable 2.3-cent increase in the gasoline tax. In Post Falls, voters can approve a needed library expansion.

In both Coeur d’Alene and Spokane, incumbent mayors who have done a respectable job can be re-elected. Al Hassell has a long record of achievement, including repaired streets and a process to revive the city’s downtown. Jack Geraghty is working for better streets, economic recovery downtown and has helped Spokane politics outgrow the venomous naysayers of years past, by organizing neighborhood councils that send constructive criticism to City Hall. In Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls, some fine candidates are running for City Council. See the chart below.

Isn’t government important enough to do well? Shouldn’t we choose leaders who have proven they’ll build community and progress? Please, go to the polls on Tuesday. Bring your common sense and vote for a stronger future.

, DataTimes MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW ENDORSEMENTS The Spokesman-Review editorial board has made the following endorsements for Tuesday’s election:

City of Spokane Jack Geraghty, mayor Cherie Rodgers, City Council, position 1 Rob Higgins, City Council, position 2 Phyllis Holmes, City Council, position 3

School District 81 Don Barlow, school board, position 1

County Yes: Raise the gasoline tax by 2.3 cents per gallon to pay for street improvements Yes: Keep the conservation futures tax, to preserve open space for parks, trails, wildlife and river access.

Washington State No: Initiative 673, health insurance regulations No: Initiative 676, mandatory handgun licensing Yes: Initiative 677, barring discrimination based on sexual orientation Yes: Initiative 678, allowing dental hygienists to practice independently No: Initiative 685, release inmates sentenced for possessing drugs and allow use of LSD, heroin and marijuana for medical purposes Yes: Referendum 47, limiting the growth in property taxes Yes: HJR 4208, allow 4-year school levies Yes: HJR 4209, allow public financing for stormwater or sewer system improvements

City of Coeur d’Alene Al Hassell, mayor Nancy Sue Wallace, city council Sue Servick, city council Hank Roseth, city council

City of Post Falls Joe Doellefeld, city council Betty Dougall, city council Yes: Post Falls Library bond, provides a $2 million upgrade and expansion of library

For our complete report on these ballot issues including the full text of The Spokesman-Review’s endorsement editorials, visit Election Central at www.virtuallynw.com on the Internet. For official explanations of Washington state ballot issues, visit the Secretary of State’s on-line voter guide at www.wa.gov/sec/vote97.htm

The following fields overflowed: SUPCAT = EDITORIAL, ENDORSEMENT, COLUMN - Our View CREDIT = John Webster/For the editorial board

This sidebar appeared with the story: THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW ENDORSEMENTS The Spokesman-Review editorial board has made the following endorsements for Tuesday’s election:

City of Spokane Jack Geraghty, mayor Cherie Rodgers, City Council, position 1 Rob Higgins, City Council, position 2 Phyllis Holmes, City Council, position 3

School District 81 Don Barlow, school board, position 1

County Yes: Raise the gasoline tax by 2.3 cents per gallon to pay for street improvements Yes: Keep the conservation futures tax, to preserve open space for parks, trails, wildlife and river access.

Washington State No: Initiative 673, health insurance regulations No: Initiative 676, mandatory handgun licensing Yes: Initiative 677, barring discrimination based on sexual orientation Yes: Initiative 678, allowing dental hygienists to practice independently No: Initiative 685, release inmates sentenced for possessing drugs and allow use of LSD, heroin and marijuana for medical purposes Yes: Referendum 47, limiting the growth in property taxes Yes: HJR 4208, allow 4-year school levies Yes: HJR 4209, allow public financing for stormwater or sewer system improvements

City of Coeur d’Alene Al Hassell, mayor Nancy Sue Wallace, city council Sue Servick, city council Hank Roseth, city council

City of Post Falls Joe Doellefeld, city council Betty Dougall, city council Yes: Post Falls Library bond, provides a $2 million upgrade and expansion of library

For our complete report on these ballot issues including the full text of The Spokesman-Review’s endorsement editorials, visit Election Central at www.virtuallynw.com on the Internet. For official explanations of Washington state ballot issues, visit the Secretary of State’s on-line voter guide at www.wa.gov/sec/vote97.htm

The following fields overflowed: SUPCAT = EDITORIAL, ENDORSEMENT, COLUMN - Our View CREDIT = John Webster/For the editorial board


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