Readers respond to who is worthy of recognition with Spokane streets, statues

Letters to the editor

Youthful Ignorance?

In response to the Inlander's question of who Spokane should have a statue of (9/7/17), one reader's answer was pro-Trump; when she was pressed to answer, "What in particular has he done that inspires you?" the reader responded, "He just doesn't really care what people think about him, and he just does what he does anyway, and it's working for him."

Huh? Where has that reader been these past nine months?

Noting that the reader appeared young, I pray that she is not typical of her generation, as her vague answers indicate a lack of understanding of the harm the current president has wrought — such as damage to the planet due to his anti-environmental viewpoint, demise of our nation's credibility around the world, and escalating bigotry and xenophobia instead of embracing all of humankind, to name a few.

I am very worried. I hope that her generation receives the kind of education, knowledge and upbringing needed to recognize right from wrong and good from bad. Then when asked questions, they can give educated and cognizant answers; not the vague, uninformed banalities that mimic those the current president delivers.

Frances Bresnahan

Spokane, Wash.

Readers respond to "Wrights and Wrongs" (9/7/17), our story regarding the ongoing discussion about Spokane possibly renaming Fort George Wright Drive in recognition of Wright's racist terror, aimed at the region's Native American tribes:

Cathy Bronson Scott: Renaming the street is long overdue. He was not a hero or an example to be followed. He should not be honored with a street name. However, he must not be forgotten — we need to acknowledge and learn from our history — and be better people.

Vicki Forslund Bordieri: I had no idea who it was named after nor did I care. Now I know and now I care. I can think of several Spokanites that it could be renamed for. The city should have a contest.

Jerry Goertz: You people should name it Snowflake Ave. We can not change the past or what happened. Quit trying to rewrite history. What would this country be if we just wipe out everything we find offensive.

Renée Roehl: Absolutely it needs to change. On the most benign level, it's a ridiculous mouthful of a name; on a racist, extermination level, it's sick and it's wrong. A group of us tried to change it years ago. Maybe it will fly now. ♦

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