SAVE THE POST OFFICE
I don't know about you, but I am sick and tired of the continued attempts by the GOP to dismantle our postal services. The GOP continues to do everything in its power to sabotage and destroy an important agency. First, they forced the U.S. Postal Service to fund retirement accounts for 75 years into the future. Having to do so was devastating to the USPS (which was the intent all along), and now we have a president spreading misinformation about Amazon who is a big utilizer of USPS saying that they are ripping us off. The post office is cheaper and does a better job than any of the alternatives. Every time you add a layer that needs to profit off of your business, quality declines and cost increases. I have been utilizing the U.S. Postal Services and continue to be amazed at the speed and quality of their services. Don't let the distortions fool you, it will be a huge loss to privatize our postal services.
Readers respond to last week's cover story about pushing dense developments in Spokane (3/29/18):
Greg Johnson: We lived in Seattle (Queen Anne Hill) in the '80s and despite using public transportation, watched our quality of life descend to an unacceptable level. We grew tired of watching traffic lights change three times before one could cross an intersection, standing 10 deep in store lines and seeing prices on an ever-rising trajectory. I've no issue with creating more density in downtown Spokane's core (e.g., turning surface parking lots into buildings with living space, retail and underground parking) but when it comes to Spokane's neighborhoods, the choice should be left to those who live there.
Char Smith: Advice from Seattle: Tar and feather the NIMBYs now, so you don't have to deal with their recalcitrance when your city has a full-blown crisis. ♦