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We are so lucky to have great journalism like this in our region. The article describes both the human and policy side of the issue in a non-biased way, rather than just asking two different sources with opposing viewpoints to argue their opinion. Definitely a rarity in the modern 24 hour news cycle.
Our tax dollars can certainly be better spent than on GSI and another boondoggle, the Downtown Spokane Partnership. That they are still dragging out the Catapillar shipping facility as their big success is a joke.
They must be a bunch of morons. Ask Mark Richard, the Cowles, and the Downtown Spokane Partnership - downtown is a dangerous place full of bums and street kids, parking is impossible, and on and on and on...
(Yes, this is satire. I work downtown and regularly come back in the evening or on weekends with my family. The people that are scared of downtown don't get out much and will always probably feel more comfortable shopping at a big box, eating at a chain restaurant, and walking around a mall - they'll probably drive around for hours in a vast expanse of asphalt looking for a parking spot close to the door too. Takes all kinds I guess.)
Big thanks to the Inlander for this article. Honestly reporting the comments made by both sides with the background information to contextualize those comments, and not providing an opinion about who is right. No matter which side you're on, this article should be informative.
Sadly, this is becoming a lost art in journalism. We are lucky to have a paper that supports this type of in depth coverage in our region.
I agree with the fact that Trump is a creation of the GOP - Fox News, AM Radio, Gerrymandering, and voter suppression have created a modern "conservative" party that is way out of step with the mainstream; HOWEVER, I disagree with the dismissive tone this publisher's note and many other media reports take when discussing The Donald.
He is has the support of around 1/5 of voters in a large GOP field that includes seasoned politicians, GOP celebrities, and, of course, the next Republican to be nominated for President. He is the unabashed personification of the most vocal and active "conservative" movement in America, and anyone that pays attention to this movement knows that he is far from extreme when compared to others Republicans all over the nation already hold public office. (Matt Shea for example.)
It is both paternalistic and misleading for the press to portray Trump as a caricature or side show. Warren G Harding maybe, Frankenstein not so much.
Washington is lucky to have a Senator like Patty Murray. She has lead on issues from veterans services to personal safety, and she seems to have avoided the corrupting influence that power and money have had on so many elected officials - staying grounded and concerned about issues that are important to everyday folks here in Washington.
That "quote" provided by Fagan isn't even Lincoln's: http://www.snopes.com/quotes/lincoln/prosp…. So typical of the Tea Party "patriots"...and so misguided and sad.
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