Medical Lake bar owners and many of their patrons are angry about the town’s aggressive enforcement of drunken driving laws.
It’s bad for business, they say. It’s unfriendly. It’s insulting. It conveys a police state image.
So they petitioned the city council to remove two 4-by-6-foot signs that warn potential violators Medical Lake takes DWI laws seriously. The signs also keep tab of the number of arrests - a feature one bar patron likened to a “body count.”
For the first 10 months of the year, the body count was 18, or about one arrest every two weeks.
Is that harassment, as the critics claim, or public safety, as supporters, including the Medical Lake police, contend?
A site for sore eyes
The city of Spokane has something Spokane County lacks - an abatement ordinance.
Because of that, residents of unincorporated areas of the county are more likely to have neighbors who maintain eyesore mountains of trash.
It’s not that non-city dwellers are more inclined to collect garbage. It’s just that for those who do there is less their neighbors and government can do about such nuisances.
There are those, of course, who think government rules - such as abatement ordinances - are nuisances, too. Are county residents better off with or without one?
Contentious times ahead?
Colbert reader Wayne Lythgoe predicts that Spokane City Council members “have already made up their minds to not cooperate with Mr. (Mayor-elect John) Talbott, which will be a disaster and give many ‘Spokane elite’ the opportunity to say, ‘I told you so.’ I hope I am wrong but I doubt it.”
Lythgoe blames The Spokesman-Review.
“Evidence is already starting to appear in your paper that you will do everything possible to start fights. This is a major reason that people do not get involved with politics or take time to vote.”
Another afterthought from last week’s general election comes from Jon J. Tuning of Spokane:
“We all need to understand that the initiative and referendum process is an outward and visible sign of a democracy which violates the principles of representative government. Rule by a majority of the people stands in opposition to rule by a majority of elected representatives.”
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