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Thu., Oct. 1, 2009

City needs ‘new guards’ on council

I supported creation of Spokane Valley to provide local control and better services for the same cost – not to revert Sprague to two-way, build a city center, or impose zoning requirements.

Many council members lost touch with citizens who elected them and aren’t practicing the collaborative government they profess. I spent hours reading letters and petitions regarding SARP (Sprague/Appleway Revitalization Plan) on the city Web site. The 689 entries were: 81 percent opposed SARP, 9 percent favored, 8 percent general comments, 2 percent questions.

At several public hearings, I witnessed lopsided opposition to SARP, yet five council members (Denenny, Gothmann, Munson, Taylor, Wilhite) apparently knew better than citizens and passed this plan. These five rejected the will of Valley citizens, so Valley citizens should reject them. I urge voters to elect new council members to replace these five and return true representation.

Our founding fathers stated: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.” It’s time to elect “new guards” to our council who will listen and work for us.

Don Sauvé

Spokane Valley


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