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^Mark, this article is a rebuttal to an attacking article written by The Washington Policy Center about his initial article: http://www.inlander.com/spokane/the-ties-t… .
The electric trolly is a very tiny portion of the levy and that is why many are not giving it much thought. It requires Spokane Citizens to come up with 12 Million dollars(The total costs of the trolly is 80 million but it is mostly paid for by a federal grant) which is a little more then 10% of what the new tax will provide. I personally don't completely support the trolly but because it is rolled into this whole ballot measure, I will be supporting. We need to try something new. I have been wishing for a lightrail system for 20 years and I don't think the politicians in Spokane are ever going to get together to actually make it happen. I am curious if we will ever actually get a north south freeway, that has been over 60 years in the making. Some progress is good, so the trolly could make a difference.
One great thing which is also a curse of Spokane is we feel and act like we are a little town but the reality is that we are a rapidly growing city. I love the smaller town feel but we NEED to start preparing for big city issues. The transportation issues between the north side and south side of Spokane are going to really hurt in the next few decades as the city grows. Unless we magically start driving flying cars, we need a way to make transportation work better in our little town.
Allie's Pizzeria is AWESOME!!! Best pizza in town!
Interesting. Both articles show some cool growth for Spokane. I am sad that they have to destroy the old building though. I wonder why they could not make it work. It looks much nicer then the new convention center hotel/parking lot monstrosity.
I am fine with the change. I do believe that they believed they were being honest with voters last November.
I am not understanding the issue. Does someone else understand what the problem is?
Gotta love global warming :(
It is rather simple, every single human begins life as a female in the womb. Around 6 weeks after insemination is when the sex begins to be formed for the human. Sometimes the transition to male does not go correctly as we are maturing before birth. The fact that people are not always just male or female is science just as much as some men are attracted to men and some women are attracted to women. Some people have chemicals that make them feel like they are the other sex then the one they were raised as. It is amazing how our sex is little more then hormones. Actually a HUGE number, a lot more then I would have expected(1 in 2000), of people are born with both or partially both male and female sex organs. The doctors and parents decide the infant's fate. These are facts of our world. There are many reasons for people to be transgendered. I have known personally quite a few transgendered people and their lives are incredibly harsh due to societal pressures. Imagine having 3 grown children, a loving wife and being in your middle 50s when you finally understand the reason why you have never felt right your whole life is because you are actually a woman in a man's body.
We are going to find that transgendered is a lot more common then we expect because life is not black and white. Humans evolve/grow in many different ways and transgendered is one option for humans as they grow up. All we can do is have compassion for this decision for people to be themselves. It may look different to us, but it is not our right to push our own beliefs on others. If you are willing to push you own comfort zone a bit, watch this inspirational video of a former US Marine who transitioned to being a woman. It is incredible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6HaVYg6kB…
I am lucky to have a rather boring life where I was born as a male and I am attracted to women. I do not have to overcome much to live my life. I believe in time things such as a transgendered sex will become just a normal part of our society, just as we are beginning to become comfortable with homosexuals and lesbians now.
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