I love my adopted city of Spokane, but sometimes politics here are, shall we say, “vivid.” Witness local Republican leaders darkly warning that Mayor Verner’s proposed Sustainability Plan is actually a sinister United Nations plot. Never mind that the plan asks for no dollars, merely advising the city to protect its water supply and make sensible investments such as more efficient vehicles.
John Ahern, Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin and Spokane Republican Chair Cindy Zapotocky are twitching and frothing that this will lead to U.N. slavery, or – heaven forbid – bike paths. This is crazy talk. Let’s enact the city’s Sustainability Plan, and help Spokane live up to its “Near nature, near perfect” promise.