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I noted Larry Haskell's absence from the forum on Smart Justice held at Gonzaga late last year. Maybe his wife wouldn't let him come.
Undocumented persons are sometimes victims of crime. Do we want them to refrain from calling the police to report having been assaulted, raped, or robbed for fear of being questioned about their immigration status? That would have the effect of allowing a criminal to get away with his or her crime and feeling more free to attack others.
Is the IRS going to take away this preacher's tax-exempt status for his blatant violation of the law? If not, why not?
The STA plaza is right where it ought to be to provide the best service to riders. It is also aesthetically pleasing with the waterfall, cougar statues, and Italian marble, better than the transit centers in many other urban areas. One is more likely to be harassed away from the plaza so I don't see the problem with keeping the plaza where it is.
I believe the Plaza as it is now is an asset to Spokane. Why shouldn't it be attractive? I like the Italian marble, the cougar statues by the escalator, and the atmosphere at the Plaza. It is something that other cities do not have, yet we are, stupidly, planning to get rid of much of what makes it an asset. WHY??
I don't really like any of these ideas. I like the park as it is now and don't see the need for all these changes. I can support protecting the US Pavilion and the carousel from deterioration but these changes would not improve the park. I favor maintenance of the way things are.
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