Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s position on coal trains is full of holes.
My professors taught me always to cite my sources, as Ozzie does not. He claims “2-to-1 support” for massive coal trains, but he cites no sources for this suspect claim. What possible interest could Spokane have in boosting train traffic?
If I as a medical professional were rash enough to tell him how to make the public safer, I would overstep my meager range of expertise. Just so, he inappropriately uses his bully pulpit as a sheriff to address a topic that lies outside his authority.
Were he to speak of polluted air and water, dangerous derailments, or explosions of runaway trains like the one that killed 47 in Canada, I might share his concern. Instead, he focuses on citizen activism. He would discourage public demonstrations, squelch democracy, and prop up a dilapidated economy of resource extraction.
What harm has the last century of participatory democracy caused in Spokane?