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UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 24, 2020



Uncertain times

These are uncertain times. We already lost another restaurant. We have been living in stagnation phase since March 25. Until now, the more we stay in Phase 2, we will never recover if we continue living in fear. We need to move forward or more businesses will close.

Spokane is becoming a ghost town. I’m sick of masks and being told that I have to wear one when I am exempt. Many people want to return to normal. They are concerned about the outcome and the future ahead. If this continues as is, it looks grim. And like a lot of people, I’m worried about the results of the election.

I am also saddened that Christmas is going virtual this year. If this is the new normal, there is nothing normal about it. Social distancing, face masks, being told where to stand or sit, everything online and virtual including Santa Claus. Or seeing an iconic store being padlocked. Or seeing the Civic reduced to radio and virtual plays. Not being allowed to have fun. Worried about finances.

This year was one of the worst. From the shutdown till now. No one knows what next year will bring.

Angela Jensen

Spokane

Stolen election?

From all the evidence brought forth, there was zero fraud in the national election. Nowhere have more than a few votes found to be incorrectly counted. But it seems to me if “wrong vote totals” are an issue it should be Biden’s people who have the basis to complain instead of Trump! After all, the numerous polls by reputable sources showed Biden in the lead for the duration of the election cycle and in virtually all the swing states…often by double digits. So the polls were wrong. But the presidential election results are totally clear.

Bob Gregson

Spokane

McMorris Rodgers needs to answer

Why do reporters allow Cathy McMorris Rodgers to respond to questions about the election with evasion and vague claptrap?

A recent Spokesman-Review story gave our representative a chance to blather on about Trump’s “legal right.” No one doubts the legal right to challenge outcomes. What’s important is whether she voices support for a party leader behaving like a stone-throwing autocrat.

Reporters and constituents need to ask specific yes-no questions, not general queries about her reaction or response to Trump.

Such as: Do you agree with Trump’s assertion he lost the election due to widespread illegal voting? The answer must be yes or no, with follow-ups forcing CMR to go beyond cliches and nonfactual generalizations.

Do you find Trump’s attacks on America’s electoral system factual and responsible? If yes, where’s the evidence?

Do you think it’s proper for a president of the U.S. to intentionally sow doubt in our democracy?

Have you seen or identified evidence of voter fraud? If yes, where? If no, why not state that clearly?

If CMR dodges or won’t answer, print the questions and her replies – or nonreplies – verbatim.

That same Nov. 6 story quoted her saying she’s “heard stories” of possible voter fraud. Seriously? Is that what our elected official is using as her rationale?

Her TV ads like to portray CMR as a politician with gumption and an independent streak. But since the election, she’s shown only cowardice and the civic responsibility of a third-rate political lackey.

Tom Sowa

Spokane

Holding Biden accountable

Please extend my kudos to the reporting team that put this analysis (“What a Biden presidency might mean for Spokane and the Inland Northwest,” Nov. 10) together. I’m going to save it to my computer filing system to use as a guide for evaluating the impact of this election on our region over the next four years. It will make an excellent scorecard.

Very well done, folks! This excellent reporting is why I can’t bring myself to cancel my subscription even when your publisher ticks me off.

Jim Wavada

Spokane

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