I was profoundly dismayed by the Spokane Regional Health Department’s no-information press conference on October 30. When spokespersons are so ill-prepared, so evasive, so unwilling to answer journalists’ questions, it gives the impression that our Board of Health is engaged in illicit back-room shenanigans.
Although I have strongly supported Dr. Bob Lutz’s steady, calm and science-based leadership in the pandemic, it is not impossible to imagine that there could be a non-political reason for their action. The lack of transparency, however, gives a clear impression that politics is at the root of this attempt to remove him. If that is NOT the case, they need to provide the information that the public needs.
As it is, I’m left wondering if the pro-business county commissioners, along with the anti-science, Matt Shea-linked “doctor,” Jason Kinley, are pushing their own political agenda.