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I would like to propose a charity boxing match.
Another excellent, thought provoking article form Tara Dowd, thank you. It's funny, I catch myself sometimes thinking that City Hall folks are morally compromised and that is why they often fail to make just and ethical decisions. I was discussing this with a friend the other day and they said, "You know Justin, you may be overlooking the fact that it could be that they are just stupid, or not as smart as you give them credit for." Every day those words seem to ring more true.
I'm an alumnus of EWU, and I want to weigh in. Although I would much rather the inkspace be given to somebody who is a person of color and a student, and I despise the idea that students are "customers," I feel that Ms. McKay's underlying meaning rings true. Unfortunately overlooked is the fact that with globalization, our world is becoming increasingly smaller and to be able to work in multicultural and intercultural settings is not just preferable, but requisite for success. At this point, listen to the students who are asking, they know what is needed, they have vision that, perhaps, administration lacks, and ignore the Cascadia flag waving white bros with sophomoric arguments about algebra problems (substitute x and y with zero), and cynical old men, that have outed themselves in previous comments.
I grew up in S. Perry area too, although I remember the penny candy being at Woody's Copy Shop, not the pharmacy. Anyhow, now I live in West Central and as the neoliberal city council continues to pave the way for carwashes and hideous cookie-cutter housing developments, I see poor people literally being forced out of the area, moving further away from the resources and contact that is so needed. We need less people singing praise to the personal profit seeking developers that flip houses and instead heap more funding on the community organizations that help young people feel pride and care for their neighborhoods. The place to start is in City Hall, by electing a Mayor and Council Members who are not scared to take a courageous and compassionate stand to protect the most vulnerable of residents, rather than promote such harmful development as we have recently seen.
It would have been great if we had a city council rep competent and compassionate enough to prevent the people from being displaced in the first place. The problem is that with the hideous eyesore of Kendall Yards encroaching on our neighborhood, we will see this type of regressive development more and more. The council rep's concern was directed toward facilitating the people who formerly resided in the neighborhood being pushed out to the periphery, not on prevention of such abuse. She even voted to give away public land to the developer to ensure that the carwash is built over where low income housing once rested. It is time for leadership change in West Central and I hope that the Democrats can make a better offering than what we saw in the last election.
Not too cheap and not too expensive, huh? Good call Ben, just like your vote last week regarding the vacation of the alley to move forward with the demolition of historical homes to build a car wash in our city center. Drive the poor out, so the rich shopping for luxury goods do not have to see them. If we just push them to the periphery, it is like they don't exist- out of sight, out of mind. Typical Spokane (neo) liberals wont be getting my vote again.
Perhaps a better title would be "Which presidential candidate does the Inland Northwest give the most money to?"
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