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Bravo! A much more enlightened and inclusive and positive approach to making our downtown the place that all people want to be. This blows the narrow-minded fear-based reaction of certain local interest groups out of the water. Bring on the vibrant courageous community spaces that Spokane is capable of cultivating. We can do this! We are already doing it! It is just a matter of time. Let's go for it all the way already!
This article skews the issues and confuses the need for something like the Community Bill of Rights. It takes an example of where progress has been made in each area and then claims there is no more need for additional protections. This further degrades what has already been a counterproductive public dialog around these issues.1) River: Sure the Clean Water Act may be great, but it does nothing to address water flow levels that are critical to maintaining healthy insect and fish habitat. Between Avista and rich people boating on Lake Coeur d´Alene, our river is allowed to run alarmingly low in the summer months and environmentalists have no serious recourse to address this issue, for example.2) Labor: Sure we may have some protections in place for collective bargaining in Washington, but this article ignores the other essential half of the labor provision that says employees should have constitutional rights in the workplace. 3) Neighborhoods: This opinion piece fails to address the conditions under which neighborhoods could invoke a veto - the development must be demonstrated to be inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan and/or the Neighborhood Plan before veto proceedings could be pursued. Vetoes wouldn´t be handed out willy-nilly as this fear mongering article suggests. The point is to grant some needed enforcement to what are now just nice ideas on paper. "Trusting your electeds" is no kind of solution as it has failed repeatedly in the past. Our electeds are actually powerless to stand up to development interests who can use the many tools at their disposal to steamroll neighborhood groups into living with whatever outcome the developer is determined to get away with. Agree with it or not, this provision should be understood for what it is: an attempt to equalize the playing field in one small way.4) Corporations: It seems that if these Councilmembers really supported overturning Citizens United they would concede support for the 4th plank of the CBR instead of bashing the SMAC initiative and further confusing the public about what the Community Bill of Rights says and does about corporate personhood.It is unfortunate that the Inlander has failed to respond to the proponents of this issue who have submitted a counter-opinion to set the record straight on these important topics.
Hell yes I love this! This is the stubborn, no-nonsense no-bullshit quality that Spokane will become known for. I can´t wait to walk up to this place to eat from my place down in Peaceful Valley. Bring it!
ROTFL! I went to high school with Mr. Fink and he has always been such a ham. I love that he loves Spokane so much, in all of our glory. Much respect to this likeable wackadoodle.
Puuuuuulllleeease!A personal decision that harms no one and has no political significance made 17 years ago should have no bearing on the 4th Legislative District race whatsoever.Matt Shea´s actions, however, should darn well be considered because they include:-Domestic violence and retraining orders against his intimate partner. -Breaking the law by brandishing an unlicensed weapon during a traffic dispute.-Inappropriate intimidation tactics against Biviano while her children were home alone. -Simply bizarre conspiracy agendas advanced through a fringe group that the FBI classifies as a terrorist organization. All of these concerning behaviors and more are documented and fact-checked at: http://www.thesheareport.com/Yes, look at Amy´s picture if you want. Then study The Shea Report and think long and hard about what kind of representation we need and deserve here in Eastern Washington. It is time to get Shea out of office so the community can put the drama and instability of Shea in the past for good.
What tragic stories of addiction, abuse and hardship. Anyone who sees these women who´d rather be doing other things as anything other than victims needs to take a good long hard look in the mirror. It is hard for people who´ve grown up in Spokane´s comfy middle class to conceive of the daily reality of our neighbors living on the streets."After 23 years at the Health District, she thinks very few of the estimated 300-500 local prostitutes do it by choice. Instead, she says, prostitution is about a lack of choices, and it will only be solved with big societal reform — more jobs, more resources, more drug treatment."More jobs, more resources and more drug treatment. Many of these are state-funded services and if people better understood how our tax dollars work for us, perhaps we could fix our state tax structure from being the most regressive in the nation and actually take care of our people in a humane fashion for once. I don´t know how long it will take to educate and advocate, but I believe Washington and Spokane can eventually get it together and do what it takes to prevent these women from festering in a living hell.
I agree Roelrich. But what does "seizing" it look like? Services cost money. Can we as a community get together and agree to help fund these kinds of improvement efforts? They aren't free, they cost money. Right now that is tax money the City doesn't have without *gasp* raising new revenue. Just sayin'.Davidbray: As someone who has actually sat down and talked with people who are down and out at length, I can say that there are not as many "places to go" as you might think. With state budget cuts those places are closing up, increasing their eligibility requirements, or have ridiculously long wait lists for the valuable services they provide. Sarah: I agree. For community-based journalism that focuses on problems as well as mobilizing around people-powered solutions visit: www.spovangelist.com
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