I am so over Shawn Vestal ("We shouldn't need vaccine mandates, but we do," Oct. 6) and his ilk disparaging firefighters/ EMTs/ nurses who have all worked on the front lines since the beginning of this pandemic, who knowingly and willingly worked for months when there wasn't a vaccine even available, doing their job being face to face with hundreds of COVID positive patients.
Reelect Gary Suppiger! I have worked with Gary Suppiger on the Lake Pend Oreille School Board for the past four years and he is definitely a wonderful candidate for reelection. He is a longtime business owner in our community. He and his wife raised all three of their children here and put them all through public school. He knows firsthand the importance and significance of good public schools and the impact they have on both the students and the wider community.
Whatever happened to the proposal to stop changing our clocks and stay on daylight saving time? There was all this talk about the whole West Coast doing it along with western Canada. How hard can it be for Congress to act? They seem to have plenty time to borrow money and throw it away.
Robyn Joncyk’s letter supporting Pam Orebaugh ("The best team for CVSD," Oct. 5), based upon her skills as an LFN nurse, omits some relevant information. On Pam’s website there’s a disclaimer: Her views aren't those of her employer (WSU). From this foundation, what relevance does her nursing career have for this election?
"I'm trying to think," said Spokane Valley City Council Member Rod Higgins in a Spokesman-sponsored debate when asked to name a recent council decision he was particularly in favor of and one he was opposed to. A long, awkward silence followed, nearly half of the allotted time for an answer, before he responded.
It is a well-known fact that the natural filters in our air are our trees. It has also been discussed that one of the best ways to combat air pollution is through the cultivation and propagation of those trees.
During the League of Women Voters debate, candidate Zack Zappone acknowledged something that surprised me. He said that our police department has openings that need to be filled. I followed his state representative run in 2020 where he followed the progressive handbook lock-step, and now I have to question his current position on the topic.
Retain Judge Matt Antush as municipal court judge. Having worked in the court system for over 10 years, I encountered many attorneys and judges, including both Matt and his opponent. Judge Antush is the most ethical, kind and fair person I was honored to meet. Having worked with both Judge Antush and his opponent, it is clear to me that Judge Antush is the best choice for Spokane.
The Thiede family is proud to endorse Stan Chalich. Stan is exactly what this community needs on the CVSD school board. He has been a committed teacher, he was raised in this school district and raised his own family here. Stan is invested in this community.
I am heartbroken that a woman, any woman frankly, cannot get her breast tumor removed. ("'I need surgery, and I don't know when I am going to get it'," Sept. 17) This is because unvaccinated people take up the hospital. No one should face this problem.
Having quietly watched as America and the world endured almost two years of constant COVID-19 news, updates, protocols, mandates and surges, only dictates come forth. After all this time, there are still questions no one has/will answer.
I never thought the day would come where the ideals our country was founded upon -- personal liberty -- would be demonized. In looking at the United States as a whole, Washington state is one of seven states that requires masks for all citizens. Forty other states have no mask mandates, meaning that each individual has the CHOICE to wear a mask or not wear a mask. No one is restricting a person's right to choose.
What action would you take as a corporate board member if research showed that 93% of the company’s products were deficient? As a parent, what would you do if the same statistic applies to graduates of Washington state high schools?
Those with the mindset to claim their anti-vax and anti-mask rights are being violated by potential mandates are the same as those who complained their freedoms were being violated when they were stopped from polluting the air and water and marketing cigarettes to children.
I would like to call your attention to the race for the Mead School Board between Carmen Green, www.greenformead.com and BrieAnne Gray, www.brieannegray4mead. Please go to their websites and compare side-by-side their qualifications, experience, and knowledge of the issues.