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Vote based on Kroc Center

This is an appeal to all Coeur d’Alene residents who are current Kroc members, former Kroc members, or have benefited in any way from the Kroc Center. There is no question that without the leadership of Mayor Sandi Bloem and the City Council, we would not have a Kroc Center here in Coeur d’Alene today.

We all know that improving McEuen has been a controversial subject, but the mayor and council have done nothing wrong or illegal that should merit a recall.

Many of the very same people that are now opposing McEuen improvements, opposed Kroc before it was built.

You be the judge. Has Kroc been good for the community? If you respect, admire or support the Kroc Center, and projects like it, then when someone asks you to sign a recall petition, please just say “no thanks.”

Jack T. Riggs

Coeur d’Alene

Don’t draw extreme conclusions

I want to do my part to help The Spokesman-Review remain a relevant and vital part of Spokane life, as it has for so many years. Especially since so many newspapers have fallen by the wayside, it is my opinion that I need to address both the issue of your financial well-being, and the ridiculous “grandma over the cliff” type of cartoon you published recently.

As a serious paper, you do irreparable harm to your reputation with the political extremism displayed in that cartoon. The vast majority of the public knows and understands that neither political party really wants to throw grandma over the cliff, just as, for instance, the vast majority does not believe President Barack Obama hates his country.

I also believe that the climate in our nation’s Capitol is so strained that it impairs our leaders from doing the right thing in Congress. You are not helping that issue, but in fact are contributing to it with ridiculous cartoons depicting either side as being radically “out there.”

That not only serves no public good, but you are hurting our paper. Our community needs The Spokane-Review to remain relevant and financially viable. Stick to publishing the kind of news and commentary that is relevant for a given subject.

Political commentary is certainly welcome, but not extreme, radical trash dictated to the press by either election committee. You are a better paper than that.

Bruce Bruscia

Medical Lake

Water a luxury elsewhere

As our mayor and City Council haggle over how little Spokane residents should pay for the privilege of pouring drinkable water on their lawns, it might be wise to reflect on the fact that over the past 10 years, unsafe drinking water has killed more children worldwide than all the people lost to armed conflict since World War II, and that one-half of the world’s hospital beds are filled with people suffering from water-related illnesses.

Roughly one-sixth of the world’s population – 1.1 billion people – do not have access to safe drinking water, resulting in the deaths of 2.2 million people annually, mostly children, from diseases associated with lack of access to safe drinking water.

Rather than griping about water rate increases in Spokane, perhaps we should all give thanks, count our blessings, and consider a modest surcharge to help relieve the suffering of those who do not have the luxury of whining about how little they wish to pay for keeping their lawns green with drinking water in the summer.

Tom Keefe

Spokane



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