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Mr. Deshais- If you attended all of the the Swearing in ceremonies, As I did, you would have noticed a large cross section of the Spokane Community in attendance. Along with the "Progressive Luminaries" you noted at Council President Stuckart´s ceremony, you would have noted the large number of Conservatives who also came out to show their respect and support for Ben. Also at the The Ceremony of Council Members Allen, Fagan and Salvitori you would have noted similar representation from the progressive community. I am surprised by the lack of respect you show our community in your article. The City Hall "Basement" you refer to, is correctly referred to as Council Chambers and the "Plastic Horse" you mock Mayor Condon for riding in circles in Riverfront Park are the Magnificently Carved Wooden Horses of the 1909 Loof Carousel, which happens to be one of the crown jewels of our community. It is inspiring to see our leaders taking time to the Honor our community while taking their oath of office and seeing Mayor Condon ride the Carousel with his daughter following his Swearing in was a touching moment. It is sad if it was lost on you. We have embarked on a new era in this region and I have had the pleasure of speaking with Conservatives and Progressives alike who share a common goal of improving Spokane. I hope that you might be interested in joining us.
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