Tremendous Net asset for the young
Re: Merle Craner’s Your Turn, Oct. 22 : As one who uses the Internet personally and professionally, and teaches a course at Eastern Washington University on the Internet, I feel qualified to comment in response.
Craner comments that during the 1940s at his library in St. Maries, they didn’t have access to “smut or pornography.” I’ll bet they also didn’t have access to the Louvre in Paris, the Vatican art collection in Rome, a “live” archaeology dig, another grade school in South Africa, the Library of Congress or any of thousands of other worldwide educational opportunities.
To paraphrase Craner, the Internet offers students access to the very best humanity has to offer. It is much more than a “cesspool” of illicit information, as Craner portrays it.
Not only does the Internet offer students tremendous educational opportunities today, it provides them with the skills they will need to compete tomorrow. More and more research and communication are done via the Internet. To deprive students of learning these skills is to place them at a distinct disadvantage in competing at college and in the job market.
School District 81’s policy of requiring parental approval and of terminating privileges for the first infraction seems reasonable and prudent. It is not foolproof; there will always be students who break the rules. Let’s not deprive the rest of the students of this tremendous educational tool because a few students might abuse it. The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. Kristine L. Rudin, faculty associate in computer science Eastern Washington University
Young Net surfers doing fine
As a public librarian, I understand Merle R. Craner’s concerns about the Internet and children (Your Turn, Oct. 23).
At the Clark Fork Library, we have three public-use computers, one dedicated to children. All three have Internet access.
What do the kids look up? The Rain Forest (for up-todate information), less-than-famous people who made history in their time but not the history book, recipes, cats, dogs, rats, horses, foreign cities and the cool site of the day. We’ve downloaded Rachel’s coloring dolls for the little girls and Zone Raiders for kids who yearn for high-speed chases.
I believe we do our kids a great disservice when we project our worries and our what-ifs on them. There is so much information on the Net that sorting through it for what the kids need is far more of a concern than what they might stumble onto. Smut does not lurk behind every keystroke. The young people I see are very able to make wise choices and to use the new technologies that connect one small community to the world.
Knives are dangerous and there are bears in the woods. As the kids learn to use knives and camp in the woods, so will they learn to use the Net as a valuable tool. Trust them. Diane Newcomer Clark Fork, Idaho
Martin Hall project too expensive
I was shocked by the news that refurbishing Martin Hall into a juvenile detention center is going to cost $5.5 million. This is a fierce sum of money and it will only provide beds for 56 inmates. That means the beds will cost about $98,000 each. For that price we could just build small houses with bars on the windows for each juvenile.
The worst part of this report was the statement that “there’s no backing out of Martin Hall,” according to Spokane County officials. This is the kind of government shortsightedness that upsets us taxpayers.
It’s interesting to note that conservative Republican county Commissioners Steve Hasson and Phil Harris voted for this fiasco, while a Democrat, Commissioner John Roskelley, appears to be the fiscal conservative, since he questioned the cost-benefit aspects of the project back when it cost only $3.3 million, and he voted no. Sara Holahan Spokane
Hormann expertise will serve us
Ron Hormann is an engineer. He can read blueprints. He is extremely knowledgeable about our county construction projects, having been involved with many successful ones.
Hormann knows what’s going on and why.
At least one county commissioner should have a technical background because so many projects come under the commissioners’ jurisdiction. Hormann’s expertise will definitely save taxpayers many dollars. We will be hiring a commissioner and an engineer for one salary.
We can have business as usual with the big special interest money electing a commission, or we citizens can vote to hire an expert. Ron Jackson Spokane
Hormann will maintain quality
Residents of Spokane County may have a more critical voting decision to make than the selection of president or U.S. congressman. Local government may very well affect their lives more than what occurs in Washington, D.C. Therefore, who will be elected to the Spokane County Board of Commissioners is of great importance.
How our county is governed has the potential to radically shift our daily lives. Will we have a stable economy, carefully planned growth, pleasant surroundings and amenities that enrich our lives? Will our transportation facilities be thought out? Will the environment be considered? Or will we opt for rapid growth, quick easy money and the “put it where they want to build it” method?
I hope anyone who cares about the county’s future will carefully review Opinion editor John Webster’s Oct. 19 commentary. I, like he, support the election of Ron Hormann as county commissioner. Hormann is “the bestprepared county commissioner candidate local voters have seen in many years.”
His opponent, Kate McCaslin, has a thinly veiled agenda to further the self-serving interests of developers, Realtors and builders. She is slick, savvy and disingenuous.
I shudder to think what will happen should McCaslin be given her way. Lorna St. John Spokane
Vote to assure sound growth policies
Years ago, I lived and worked in Los Angeles, San Diego and Seattle. Back in those days, urban life was really, really good. Today, the quality of life in those three cities has decreased significantly. Spokane can learn from them.
The Growth Management Act, passed in Washington in 1990, was excellent legislation in its goals, albeit perhaps not perfect in its implementation. Overall, we are lucky to have this state law as a basis for managing our growth so that we can, if we choose, emulate Portland, which is a significant success story in managing growth.
County growth management policy is decided by the votes of two county commissioners. This election can result in no management or management of growth.
Commissioner Phil Harris openly opposes growth management. Candidate Kate McCaslin has a documented history of being opposed to growth management, although her election rhetoric has softened as she seeks votes. Harris and either McCaslin or Lila Howe will gut the management of our growth and put our fate into the hands of profit-motivated developers.
Commissioner John Roskelley and candidate Ron Hormann will vote for sensible growth management.
The county commissioner races are critical to our community. Vote for managing our growth. Elect Roskelley and Hormann. Julian Powers Spokane
Paper right to endorse measures
The Spokesman-Review was on the mark with its editorial endorsing the initiatives to ban baiting and hounding in Washington and Idaho (“Support hunting ethics,” Opinion, Oct. 24).
Opponents of these measures falsely argue that they represent a first step to ban all hunting. That’s nonsense. These initiatives are unambiguously worded and only stop the inhumane, unsporting methods practiced by trophy hunters.
There is no sport in shooting a bear gorging himself on foodstuffs set out to attract the animal. And there is no challenge in shooting an animal trapped in a tree after it has been chased there by a pack of radio-collared hounds. Most responsible hunters I know find these practices unethical and will support these sensible initiatives.
The Review deserves praise for its clarity of thought on this issue. Deanna Knudsen Spokane
It’s about who uses hounds, bait
I couldn’t help but chuckle while reading my voters pamphlet. Supporters of Initiative 655, the bear baiting and hound hunting initiative, stated that these practices are unsporting, inhumane, unfair, cruel, unethical, and should only be used by county, state and federal employees. I guess if the taxpayer is footing the bill there is a difference! R.L. Heath Inchelium, Wash.
Initiative a bad idea
Initiative 655 is a poorly conceived idea if you live, work or play in cougar country, and most of us do.
Washington’s cougar population, according to state Department of Fish and Game studies, has doubled in the last decade, to an estimated 2,400 to 3,200 animals. Add this explosive growth of large carnivores that a recent Spokesman-Review article described as “pound for pound … more deadly than African lions” with a human population steadily encroaching on wildlife habitat and it will be only a matter of time before someone is either seriously hurt or killed.
California is a good example of what will happen here. In 1972, all cougar hunting was outlawed and the cougar population soared. California state game officials now have to kill more cougars than were taken by sport hunters in the last year of legal hunting. Tragically, in 1994, two women were killed by cougars.
Last year in Washington, 177 cougars were taken by sportsmen. Only one was taken without the use of hounds. If this initiative passes, it will bring a de facto stop to all cougar hunting in the state. Game officials, at taxpayers’ expense, will be the only method of controlling a potentially dangerous animal. I-655 is a poor idea. Vote against it. Duane F. Cocking Spokane
Lots of good hunting without bait
I object to Al Olstrom’s allegations (Oct. 19) that approval of Initiative 655 will compromise public safety and result in increased taxes for professional wildlife management.
I-655 does not ban hunting of black bears, cougars or bobcats. It simply eliminates the use of bait and packs of radio-collared hounds in facilitating the trophy hunting of these animals.
Since it is considered unethical to hunt other big game with these methods, the same standards should apply to Washington’s bears, cougars and bobcats.
States where baiting and hounding are illegal do not report overpopulation of bears and cougars or an increase in human attacks. Many other states have successful bear and cougar seasons without permitting these unfair hunting methods.
Most biologists and hunters oppose baiting and hounding. A three-year study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that although three-fourths of Americans approve of hunting, 62 percent believe many hunters violate hunting laws or engage in unsafe or unethical practices.
Baiting and hounding are about as sporting as shooting a caged animal at a zoo. Eliminating these unnecessary hunting practices will ensure fairness and will not compromise public safety. Don’t get “baited” by the opposition’s far-fetched scare tactics. Please vote yes on I-655. Anne Groeschel Spokane
3RD LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
Remember crime and vote Whitehall
In December 1994, all of Spokane was deeply saddened when a young woman, Felicia Reese, was kidnapped from a church conference and murdered.
One of the juvenile assailants had 18 prior convictions and three parole violations. Citizens were shocked that such a person could be left loose on the streets to kill. The collective cry of outrage was, Why doesn’t someone do something to prevent this?
Now someone is prepared to take on the fight. Ken Whitehall, Reese’s fiance, has made it his personal mission to make sure that what happened to her does not happen again. Whitehall is campaigning hard for 3rd District state representative.
Whitehall’s vision on the juvenile crime issue includes prevention through increased educational and economic opportunities for our kids, and deterrence through tougher sentences.
The thousands who mourned the loss of Reese should ask themselves again,Why doesn’t someone do something? then look in the mirror to discover who that someone is.
Spokane has a chance to make something positive out of a terrible tragedy by electing Whitehall to the state Legislature. David A. Binford Spokane
Moyer supports help for kids
Sen. John Moyer has voted for and supported many state children’s bills and programs, i.e. child immunizations, abuse and prevention programs, children and families programs, child day care, infant-child morality rates, along with the First Steps and Second Steps programs.
He has worked tirelessly to achieve free health, vision and dental care on the Basic Health Plan Plus for all the state’s underserved children. He does this, without fanfare, out of commitment to the moral standards of a different era and a physician’s oath to preserve and nurture human life.
This election is about ideas and programs but even more about underlying philosophy. We can all agree something should be done about many issues. The real choice we make is to vote for those espousing more government or less.
Will we vote for a government that provides cradle-tograve measures (ever-expanding power to tax, regulate and control) or a much leaner one that facilitates and encourages people to pursue their own dreams, act in their own self-interest and direct their own charity? Moyer has initiated and supported legislation regarding the welfare of others, but not in an intrusive form that bankrupts financially, socially and morally.
Remember, Rep. Lisa Brown went to Nicaragua to teach while the country was governed by Sandinistas a few years back and obviously favors an expanded, more powerful government here. Need we say more about that underlying philosophy? Jack Grady Spokane
6TH LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT
Hopkins able, honest, hard-working
I have known Jerry Hopkins for over 30 years. He’s a thoughtful man who makes decisions only after judicious consideration of the short- or long-term consequences.
He is equally cautious about making promises and commitments. But once made, he will totally dedicate himself to their fulfillment.
He is a man of unimpeachable integrity and honesty, who was raised on a farm where a man’s word was his bond, and a handshake was as good as a written contract. He is moderate in his politics and temperate in his lifestyle.
Hopkins is now a candidate for 6th District state representative. If such a person is the type of legislator you want to represent you in Olympia, I urge you to vote for him Nov. 5. Ed Luders Spokane
Benson distorts Personett’s goals
After reading a fund-raising letter mailed to me by Brad Benson and listening to him characterize Judy Personett’s position regarding health care reform in public debate, I feel compelled to address what I believe is a deliberate attempt by Benson to manipulate Personett’s greater knowledge and experience in this area into a negative attribute.
Personett is a self-employed businesswoman who understands the health care industry to an extent few do. She will have much to offer us in the Legislature’s efforts to develop an equitable and affordable health care system.
Benson wants us to believe that Personett wants to “eliminate” personal choice in health care, and he has targeted business people with special interests, such as the insurance industry, in an effort to gain their support. This is certainly not Personett’s agenda. She does understand the complexity of the issues and the need for greater flexibility by all the parties involved so that consumer choice and quality health care are protected, not restricted.
As a small-business person myself, I want someone in the Legislature who can understand the difference between my interests as an advocate of consumer choice and the interests of huge health care conglomerates. Personett has shown me that she is very aware of this difference, while Benson has not. Ian A. Cunningham Spokane
Break bad streak; elect Personett
We have all heard the saying that the voters get the government they deserve. Many times, however, voters must choose between two mediocre candidates. As a result, Spokane has sent its share of dim bulbs to Olympia, with resulting lack of influence and poor results.
This year in the 6th District, voters have a real chance to break the tradition of poor choices.
Judy Personett is unusually well-qualified for state representative, being both a nurse and an educator. She can effectively address the major issues in state government - namely, education, health care and the environment. She has worked effectively within the bureaucracy and knows how to get things done. She has the ability to gain the respect of her colleagues and provide leadership. What a departure from business as usual.
Don’t miss this chance to elect a representative who has the ability and training to solve state problems. We can move toward having the government we deserve. Vote for Personett. William J. Powell Spokane
Benson has vision, ability
No finer character is there for the first position state representative for the 6th District than Brad Benson.
Benson can represent Spokane as a compassionate and strong legislator. His service is extensive and has groomed him to become one of the strongest moral leaders of this community in a very long time.
Benson served his country for six years in the Air Force. He spent seven years as a Seafirst Bank officer, and now his family is running its own small business. Benson has instilled many business values that his children have been fortunate to grow up with - natural instincts that will give them strength and courage for their future. It’s a pleasure seeing a family grow and work together under his strong leadership.
This “young” Republican has tremendous energy, vision and valuable experience behind him. Benson is ready to serve us, using the abilities demonstrated by his service to our community.
We cannot afford another wealthy tax-and-spend liberal in Spokane government. We cannot afford any more half truths.
Send Benson to Olympia to represent the 6th District. It’s the only way to ensure we still have a chance to be heard and a chance to regain our city. Claudia Haskins Spokane
Well, ugh, look who’s back
Some time back we got rid of Rep. George Orr, with his tax-and-spend policies. We cannot afford a Sen. George Orr with these policies. Bill Burnette Otis Orchards
Faulty Craswell ad used my name
On Oct. 25, my name appeared in a paid political endorsement supporting Ellen Craswell for governor. Although I highly respect the opinions of those in my family who endorse Craswell, I in no way support her campaign myself.
It concerns me that a political campaign gathers names for a paid political ad without the permission of those listed. It makes me question the validity of this advertisement.
I am a strong supporter of Gary Locke, so to have my name appear in an ad for his opponent is very upsetting.
I would hope that in the future those in Craswell’s campaign office would verify that the people whose names appear in her ads are truly supporters. Joyce E. Woodard Spokane
Craswell will make supply-side work
Editorial bias is no excuse for poor journalism.
Recently, The Spokesman-Review endorsed Gary Locke for governor. The next day, in the article comparing gubernatorial candidates, the reporter stated that Ellen Craswell’s intended tax cuts would reduce state revenues by more than $6 billion. This leaves the uninformed reader with the notion that our state will not have adequate funds.
The truth is that Craswell’s administration would cut taxes in half the first two years. Then, depending on how the economy responded, would cut the other half during the next two years.
Revenues, rather than decreasing, would actually increase. This type of economic policy has proved true in states like Wisconsin, Michigan, New Hampshire and New Jersey, which are experiencing thriving economies.
President Kennedy’s administration put forth the idea that decreasing taxes allowed more money to flow back into the economy, thereby increasing revenues.
By leaving out vital information regarding Craswell’s reasons for cutting taxes, you have engaged in half-truths. Sue Wilson Veradale
Paper unfair to Craswell
There are significant differences between candidates for governor. Ellen Craswell is a Christian. She believes less government and more private enterprise will benefit Washingtonians. Gary Locke believes much more government is needed - in some instances, i.e. education, much more.
I am concerned most not by what the candidates’ literature says, but by how The Spokesman-Review paints them. Rather than objectively reporting as much information as possible on each candidate, facilitating knowledgeable choices, the Review, using the language it does, clearly favors Locke and dismisses Craswell.
The Oct. 18 article has Craswell cutting taxes “with a chain saw” while Locke uses a scalpel. Indiscriminate use of a chain saw stimulates visions of a lunatic; use of a scalpel a medical professional. Interesting. I know neither Locke nor Craswell.
I know that Mike Lowry, just prior to being elected, stated that raising taxes was his last resort. Less than two weeks after his election, he was mouthing the need to raise taxes. Locke voted for that burdensome 1993 tax increase.
I know some Christians attempt to convert others through scare tactics. The Spokesman-Review uses the same methodology, attempting to scare us into voting for its choice for governor by its language and conjecturing what we will “lose” if Craswell is elected.
Please read the candidates’ campaign literature, talk with their people and ignore The Spokesman-Review. And hope both candidates are honest persons with integrity. Another Lowry would be tragic. Steven Neumiller Spokane
Geographically, Craswell’s got it
Ellen Craswell’s rural home lifestyle has many similarities to our way of life in rural Eastern Washington - similarities that run stronger than politics. A voter’s approach to issues and solutions comes from his or her experience in life. A candidate’s approach is no different.
Which gubernatorial candidate best understands our area? Craswell, who has raised four children who have 14 grandchildren in rural Kitsap County? Or Gary Locke, who was raised and lives in Seattle?
If you consider where Craswell and her opponent have campaigned, you can tell where their hearts are. Craswell campaigned right here in Northeast Washington’s 7th Legislative District six times, while I don’t recall Locke being here even once. In addition, Craswell has campaigned over 14 times in the Spokane area, compared to just a few appearances by Locke.
During her 16 years in the Washington state Legislature, Craswell rose to leadership while fighting consistently to eliminate intrusive regulations on businesses, farms and private property. She has stood steadfast for lower taxes, less government and strong families. Locke, on the other hand, reflects his Seattle upbringing and big-city philosophy of governmental solutions for all of society’s problems. He may understand Seattle, but he doesn’t understand Eastern Washington. Craswell knows all of Washington. Rep. Steve Fuhrman, 7th Legislative District Kettle Falls, Wash.
Elect Mackey lands commissioner
No other elected officer has a greater effect on our natural resources than the commissioner of public lands. The lands commissioner has great responsibility to manage over 5.2 million acres of state-owned land that generates revenue for our schools, fire districts and libraries.
Public Lands Commissioner Jennifer Belcher, elected in 1992, has fouled the management of our natural resources. She has changed the annual timber sales volume up and down to draw support from whoever may be lobbying at her door, causing a roller coaster ride for the schools, which draw revenue from timber sales, and for those who work in the timber/lumber industry.
Belcher misused $1.4 million from the general fire fund to be used toward programs the Legislature did not grant in additional tax money. What will happen if we have another firestorm? Belcher spent $250,000 on an asset value report that contained inappropriate mixing of finical concepts, unconventional accounting practice, inaccurate valuation of timber and outdated information. In addition, Belcher would like a 31.2 percent increase in tax money to operate the Department of Natural Resources.
Bruce Mackey, Belcher’s opponent, is a leader in natural resources. His background in agriculture and resource economics and his love and understanding of our state land makes him an excellent choice.
Mackey believes we can have sustainable timber harvest from our lands and generate the needed money for our schools.
Vote for responsible natural resource management: Mackey for public lands commissioner. Jerry K. Emerson Wilbur, Wash.
SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION
Charter schools not radical concept
The times are changing and schools must too. The days are over when every school problem can be solved with another regulation or another political compromise in Olympia.
The public school code is now 1,500 pages long and the employee unions are so strong you can neither fire incompetent staff or pay good teachers more money. Washington needs a better choice for public education and Initiative 177 provides that opportunity.
I-177 provides communities like ours the option of creating new public schools that aren’t tied down by red tape or under the heavy influence of union bosses. It also allows conversion of existing public schools.
Parents can’t wait for the opportunity to choose where their children will go to school. Teachers, parents and community organizations are excited about the opportunity to run these independent public schools, commonly known as charter schools. President Clinton and Bob Dole like the idea and so do parents of 80,000 children around America who are getting their education in more than 450 charter schools.
This isn’t a radical idea. It’s a proven solution that’s working today in 25 states. The special interests say I-177 doesn’t make sense for Washington, but more of the same is not going to work. Vote yes on 177. Autumn Banks Walla Walla
School initiatives what we need
Your articles on ballot proposals 173 and 177 help voters see through the scare campaign. Thanks.
There’s a myth that private schools enroll only the best students.
Our son attended five years at Spokane’s best independent private school, Marilyn Elliott’s Discovery School, and now attends an excellent religious private school, 90-year-old Spokane Lutheran School.
Both schools mirror society: a few bright students, a few not-so-bright, mostly average, a few never in trouble, a few always in trouble, a few rich, a few poor, mostly middle class, blacks, whites, etc. They admit everyone who applies. The idea of private school “elitism” is nonsense.
Writers say private schools aren’t accountable and have low standards. More nonsense. The major reason parents send their kids to private school is low public school standards. Private schools follow state academic, health, safety and discrimination regulations. Private schools that don’t educate their students to state standards and satisfy parents’ expectations go out of business - the ultimate in accountability.
Fifty-eight percent of Spokane homeowners’ property taxes go for K-12 schools, as do billions more from sales taxes and hidden business taxes twice the cost per student at most private schools.
Have the annual budget increases and various reforms made public schools better? Is it perhaps time to redefine public education to mean public financing of schools, whether government-run or private?
Both vouchers and charter schools are reasonable firststep reforms toward better education and more efficient use of tax dollars. I’m voting for both. Don Peters Spokane
Competition among schools works
In business, competition has provided us through the years with better quality products and services at lower cost. Our public school system, on the other hand, has become a virtual monopoly controlled by the teachers unions. As a result, student performance, compared to the rest of the world’s students, has been in decline.
Washington voters have an opportunity to change education for the better by instituting two programs that would put competition in our public education.
Initiative 173 will permit parents to use vouchers to send their children to the school of their choice, public or private. Schools will have to compete for those vouchers. They will have to provide the education the parents want for their children, not the education some social engineer thinks is best. This will not destroy the public school system, as the opponents are trying to scare us into believing. Competition works.
Initiative 177 will permit parents to form charter schools. Again, if public schools are not providing the education parents want, they can form their own public school. As a public school, these schools cannot discriminate against students for any of the illegal reasons opponents try to scare us into believing.
It is long past time to break the teachers’ unions’ liberal social engineering stranglehold on our children’s minds and take a stand for our children’s education and future. Vote for initiatives 173 and 177. Jack Ranck Loon Lake, Wash.
GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
Clinton has vision; Dole does not
I can’t believe that The Spokesman-Review actually endorsed Bob Dole for president based on the notion Sen. Dole “showed leadership” and has “the ability to resolve complex problems through cooperation.”
You guys should know that when Dole was in Washington, D.C., as Senate majority leader, he was a prime leader in preventing the passage of legislation and promoting congressional gridlock.
Aren’t you aware that Dole has failed to exhibit one of the most important qualities of leadership - vision for the future - by hiding just how he plans to pay for the huge tax cut he proposes?
Dole insults all of us by running a negative campaign. He has failed to give the American people the respect they deserve by neglecting to describe specifically his plans to solve the problems America can expect to face in the near future. We don’t have the slightest idea where Dole is going. I doubt that he does, either.
However, we know that President Bill Clinton has a specific, targeted strategy to lead this country into the 21st century. Clinton has my vote. Frank Malone Spokane
Clinton lacks integrity
We’ve been told to look at President Clinton’s record. Let’s do!
Candidate Clinton said that to cut the deficit in half he’d cut spending $3 for every $1 of tax increase. President Clinton said that wasn’t realistic, but the huge tax increase was on only the top 1 percent of earners. I never knew Social Security and my wife’s teaching salary would put us in that 1 percent.
He never mentions the doubling of drug use by young Americans, and fellow Democrats have said publicly that Clinton has a problem telling the truth.
How about four major appointments? One’s dead, one’s in jail, one returned to Arkansas in disgrace and one still works for Clinton.
Please explain Whitewater, nannygate, cattlegate, alleged staff drug use, filegate, haircutgate, travelgate, Vince Foster, allegations about highway patrol pimps, Paula Jones, jailed Arkansas business partners, sexual harassment suits, helicopters for golf dates and acceptance of campaign donations from foreign investors. It seems the malfeasance is rampant.
Clinton campaigned on a plank of integrity and honest, law-abiding, open government. Where’s the integrity?
I prefer to compare what he says to what he does. If you wouldn’t hire Clinton to run your company because of his ethics, morals or veracity, why would you hire him as president? Tom Cubbage Deer Park
Clinton steadfast where it counts most
I admit I was surprised when the Spokesman-Review endorsed Bob Dole for president. I was also surprised and puzzled over the reasoning. Substance over style, as I believe they put it.
Please, tell me what could be more substantive than trying to stand up to the National Rifle Association regarding the assault weapons ban, standing up to the tobacco industry regarding nicotine addiction or teen smoking issues, standing up to the radical conservative Christians regarding a woman’s right to choose, trying to get polluters to help maintain a clean and safe environment, or encouraging big business to implement family leave policies.
Even if I felt Dole were a more moral man than President Clinton, I would feel like a cheating hypocrite if I were to vote for someone whose stand on the issues were so opposite mine. Vicki Webster Spokane
It’s about vitality, not age
In response to Joyce Hoffman’s Oct. 17 letter regarding a “Geriatric in the White House,” age is not a criterion we look at for the office of president. Rather, we look for maturity, integrity, proven ability, health and energy to perform the duties of this office.
Bob Dole has all these characteristics.
An amazing schedule in the Senate and now as a candidate weren’t hindered by Dole’s mature age. We wonder if Hoffman could keep up with him. We fall within the retired (geriatric) age bracket and do not consider ourselves “on the shelf.”
We are proud to support the Dole-Kemp team for president and vice president. We need their honesty to direct our federal government. Harry and Leslie Rendle Spokane
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