As soon as I read the Dec. 24 letter about downtown Spokane, I had to respond. Jack Meredith was too kind.
The only time of the year I make it a point to visit downtown Spokane is at Christmas time, but no more. I could find more Christmas spirit and joy at an atheist convention. Hardly any shoppers, not a Christmas song within hearing distance, no smiling faces in stores, not a Santa or a Salvation Army Bell ringer within sight, or even one “Merry Christmas” from a living person, two days before Christmas. The few same old street trees with their same old, clear lights on; the “City Christmas Tree” with its colorless lights that look like someone threw them on and called it good.
Now, why would people want to visit or live in a place that has so little to offer at the happiest time of the year? Spokane’s government and retailers are part of downtown’s problem, and they should be ashamed. Bah Humbug!