Throughout this recent election season, I was continually amazed at the Spokesman-Review’s proclivity to have Shawn Vestal’s column prominently grace your pages at what seemed like two to three times per week.
I am certainly all in favor of any columnist writing any opinion he desires, and of course the Spokesman can give anyone they want the forum to do so. But considering the outcomes of the recent election per your readership area — as summed up by Shawn himself on your front page — I would think you would know your readership demographics enough, and certainly would want to retain said readership, by perhaps having a columnist counterpoint to Shawn Vestal. One that has conservative values and may even be (gasp!) pro-Trump.
Don’t get me wrong: it’s always amusing to check out the far-left, Trump-loathing, tax-loving (“let’s have a state income tax!”) Vestal and his musings. But by way of just one example, when he states as fact that McMorris Rodgers won despite the albatross of the Trump presidency hanging around her neck, it shows that he has no idea what drives the majority of voters in your readership area. She won because of Trump and his policies and what he has managed to accomplish despite the tsunami of hate, rage and personal invective hurled his way. That, and sweet payback for the disgusting treatment of associate Justice Kavanaugh by every single Democrat pandering to their far-left base.
Shawn Vestal is always good for a chuckle and a head shake, but you would be doing yourself a favor by employing someone more in tune with (I’m quite sure) the majority of your readership.