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I can't believe how this has been under reported by local media. This is a calamity. Could it possibly be that local news outlets fear losing the advertising revenue from Providence? Our legislators should be working to get funds to improve and expand services at Eastern State Hospital. SHMC's units are too small to meet the demands of the community. The physicians who resigned did so when their concerns fell on deaf ears. The mantra from administration is always the same when ridiculous workloads are pointed out. "Our staffing meets industry standards". Then they introduce yet another "lean initiative" to cut expenses (labor) and further increase the already back breaking workload the frontline staff members carry. If they plowed all of the dollars they have spent on outside consulting firms to actually hire an adequate number of staff for every department from housekeeping to physicians the care and cleanliness would be terrific. Why build yet another new building and then not staff it appropriately?
STU, Conservatives are telling the rest of us how to live every day. They want to deny the freedom to marry who you love, to choose to end a pregnancy, to be treated with respect if we are poor, to vote without obstruction, gerrymandering and intimidation, to keep church and state separate, to be paid a living wage, to have access to affordable healthcare insurance, to have the right to unionize without repercussions, to have our hard earned money and pensions protected from unethical financial institutions, to keep Social Security and Medicare strong and solvent and the retirement age low enough to have a few years to enjoy life after working for years. When you start addressing these glaring infringements on our rights we can talk about Immigration.
The building is ugly. It looks more like a prison than a nice hotel. I agree that they should have kept the darker colored facade. The gray/ white just makes it look incomplete, or like it belongs in an industrial setting. Concrete is not attractive. Ugh!
Sorry George, Until we hear you call out the liars and scoundrels from your own party you have zero credibility. Weren't you the one who lied when you promised to keep your time in DC to one term? The latest antics of the 47 traitors is not even mentioned in your Op Ed. Never again will a Republican get my vote.
Is America more casual than is once was? Yes. Do some carry it too far to the point of just plain lazy? Absolutely. However, Mr. Nethercutt seems to be more into appearance than substance. I find that people everywhere I go are generally considerate about holding doors. You reap what you sow and there are many "suits" out there, particularly in politics who are anything but fine upstanding citizens. A suit and tie and a close shave do not make for an ethical honest individual as is so painfully clear when you look at the miserable bunch of miscreants in Congress right now!
The shoot first and ask questions later mentality that too many officers exhibit these days must be addressed. The first step is admitting there is a problem and next addressing the problem. All law enforcement officers should be required to wear a body camera as well as to have extensive training in de-escalation techniques to be used to avoid the use of lethal force. Not every subject of a police call is an adversary and citizens should be treated with respect and dignity. This did not need to happen and the deputies involved should be disciplined.
Jobs that pay a living wage are essential to any community that wishes to thrive. I will be happy to return to Spokane after experiencing life in Tennessee. Eventually Spokane may become more progressive, but compared to where we now reside it is much more enlightened.
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