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Wednesday, February 26, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Opinion

Guest Opinions

Josh DiLuciano: Smart meters are an investment in our future

Readers of The Spokesman-Review are likely already aware that Avista began installing smart meters for its Washington customers last year. Designed to align both with changes in the industry and with customer expectations, it’s one of the largest investments in our company’s history. We believe this transition is the right thing for everyone and, as an electrical engineer, I think I’m in a unique position to talk about why. More than half of the 150 million electric meters currently installed in the U.S. are smart meters. And that number is growing. Smart meters are now becoming the utility industry standard. In fact, the old analog style isn’t even being manufactured anymore – in part because the new technology has long been proven to be safe, secure and reliable.

League of Women Voters of Washington: Redistricting update must get done in 2020.

We have an opportunity once every 10 years for our state to make any changes in Washington’s redistricting process. Now, in the 2020 legislative session, is our last chance to modify the process until 2030. The League of Women Voters of Washington urges support of House Bill 2575, which includes reforms to increase transparency and accountability of the Washington redistricting commission. The Washington House of Representatives passed HB 2575 (57-41) on Wednesday. The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. This bill regarding Washington state’s redistricting process has widespread support. In addition to discussions with our 2,400 League of Women Voters of Washington members, public forums on redistricting with over 1,600 people from across Washington were held. Though many individuals had varying opinions about the redistricting maps, nearly everyone shared similar ideas about the kind of map-drawing process they would trust.

Reducing premature death from heart disease requires a broad approach

February is American Heart month. This acknowledges heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death in the United States, in spite of the incredible amount of resources put toward lessening its impact. Heart disease claims as many lives each year as cancer, lower respiratory diseases and accidents combined, and the treatment of cardiovascular disease accounts for one in every six health care dollars spent.

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Joe Heller


Syndicated Columns & Other Voices

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Living in post-integrity America

It is worth noting that every person Donald Trump pardoned or gave clemency came to his attention not through the normal machinery of government, but through inside connections or “were promoted on Fox News.”

Jay Ambrose: Barr was right; the left was wrong

It is a sign of our times that Attorney General William Barr tried to do something right and some illiberal liberals, including not a few in the media, decided that it was wrong on the basis of mindless presidential squawks, factual ignorance and in some cases political opportunity.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Vote blue, no matter who?

Vote blue, no matter who? Even if the “who” sees your boys and men as Xeroxes, to be interchangeably thrown against walls? How will black people, the most loyal of Democratic constituencies, respond, if this is what they are asked to do?

Letters

The truth about Trump

I assume that all of us who vote attempt to be informed. In the new day of electronic information, that is readily at our fingertips; it is easier to access information and at the same time more difficult to decipher fact from fiction.

Downtown stadium

I am all for building the stadium downtown, and I think there would be much more support for it, as long as it is NOT built on the Arena's parking lot. Parking is scarce as it is, and it would be unacceptable to take out several hundred slots. Also, the Arena area would be too congested.

Two problems with the link

The article (Centennial Trail link draws local pushback, Jan. 27) was interesting but not complete. The real problems are not physical or planning. The real problems are: 1. The lack of citizen involvement; and 2. The violations of homeowners’ property rights.

Thank you, Shawn Vestal

Thank you so much to Shawn Vestal for including me Dad, Gary Benjamin in his recent column, “Obituaries convey rich profile of our area.” Highlighting citizens whose very lives gave wholeheartedly to the richness of our community is a topic that should be written about more often.

Editorials

Editorial: Revise the noise ordinance so everyone understands the rules

Spokane and its police department have made a mockery of state and city laws against excessive noise. Despite improvements in recent months, they have failed to consistently and appropriately respond to obnoxiously loud protests outside Planned Parenthood. City Councilwoman Lori Kinnear has a sensible proposal that strengthens the city noise regulations and, we hope, will lead to ongoing enforcement and compliance. Her proposed ordinance would target noisy protests outside from disrupting work inside any health-care facilities in Spokane, including Planned Parenthood. Naysayers claim the ordinance would trample their First Amendment rights. They’re wrong. As Kinnear notes, “It does not impact free speech. Protests are still allowed; that’s not the issue. It’s about noise.”