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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, October 29, 2015 !i iii' i i: ,ii i ;iii i! i i iiii iii iiiiiiii i' ii ii i i',ili',i i ill il'i iii iiilii ',ili i ......... Rarely is it a good idea when more government is seen as a positive change, but in the case of Spokane County Proposition 1, the Cheney Free Press edito- rial board thinks it is a good idea to expand the board of Spokane County Com- missioners from its present three members to five. We probably never want to think that our public ser- vants work too hard, but in the case of commissioners, they have many long days. They attend numerous meet- ings in a week and are likely to serve on just as many boards, which means there is little time to connect with the citizens they represent. The system of three com- missioners dates back to the turn of the 20th Cen- tury when our county had a population about one-tenth of what it is today. But our concerns do not simply rest in lessening long days for well paid public employees. The mechan- ics of three commissioners, while more fiscally responsi- ble in the eyes of some, just do not produce a good final product in many instances. The Public Meetings Act prohibits any two of the three from ever meeting, be it for official or unofficial business for fear of being in violation of the law. Members of the various city councils, or other boards on the West Plains can actu- ally meet over a beer or cof- fee to talk. Commissioners A1 French and Todd Mielke; Shelly O'Quinn and French or Meilke and O'Quinn cannot ever meet in such a setting. And there are just times when there needs to be discussion of issues outside the public scrutiny, perhaps finding a new way forward in a contentious matter. Re- member, voting still must be conducted in a public forum. There's no question that recent decisions made by the commissioners make their constituents wonder. The squabble over hiring of a new CEO for the county - where Mielke was a finalist - needed discussion before the dirty laundry hung in public. And we all can never forget the short-sidedness of Spokane County getting involved in the racing busi- ness, - purchasing the for- mer Spokane Raceway Park away from the private sector - and pumping millions into what; so far, has been a poor investment. The cost of initiating Prop- osition I has been estimated at between $400,000-$500,000 for the two additional com- missioners, including salary and support staff. But what if spending $500,00 a year could carve more efficiencies out of a $155 million per year bud- get, one that increased by $13 million in 2015? Expanding the board to five members would allow residents in District 3 to have a representative who is bet- ter and more in touch with our unique circumstances? Currently District 3 en- compasses an area west of the Spokane River and U.S. Highway 195 to the borders of Stevens and Whitman counties to the north and south. To our knowledge Commissioner French sight- ings are rare at public events on the West Plains, times such as meetings of the chamber of commerce where a wide range of constituents are present. Former com- missioner Bonnie Mager, on the other hand, seemed, to be more visible because she lived here. The other change we've advocated is eliminate the county-wide general election vote and limit casting bal- lots to the specific districts a commissioner represents. If you are asking voters within a specific district to select finalists in a prima, ry, should they not carry that forward in the general :election? It's like asking all of Washington to vote on the 5th District congressio- nal race. The avalanche of initia- tives in Washington state il- lustrates a desire by the vot- ers to have more say in how their government works. Why would you want less with so much of your hard- earned money on the line? It's better representation and more say for the people and that's why Spokane County Proposition I needs your yes vote. cit" is more than just being resident By OZZIE KNEZOVICH ship is much more than just living Contributor in and belonging to a country. The PACE character trait Citizenship is also accept- for November is citizenship, ing that there are duties and Citizenship is often thought of responsibilities that come with in two ways. being a member of a commu- The first way people maynity or country. As citizens we think of citi- have duties and responsibilities z e n s h i p i s to ensure that our communities one's legal are safe, all members of our status of be- country are treated fairly and ing a citizenof respectfully, that we protect a country. In those members of our society looking at citi- that may not be able to do so zenship in this on their own and to make our way, the mere Ozzie Igdlezovk communities and country a fact that you place where everyone has the live in a country and have sworn opportunity to succeed based or affirmed your allegiance to on their honest efforts. the country makes you a mem- When I was going to school, ber of that country's society, we were graded on our citizen- In this respect citizenship is ship skills. We were graded belongingtothecollectivecommu- on how well we worked with nity or society. However, citizen- fellow classmates, teachers and FREE PRESS Vol. l19-No. 28 Press Production Manager Editor Randy Warwick John McCallum Pressman Reporters Mark Cordes Paul Delaney AI Stover Sales Steve Barge Graphics DeeAnn Gibb Brittani Montecucco John Myers Front office Bookkeeper/ Dawn Chernak Rachel Stuart Office Manager Debi Labish Publisher Harlan Shellabarger The Editorial Board is composed of Paul Delaney, AI Stover, Brittani Montecucco, John McCallum and Harlan Shellabarger The Cheney Free Press is T h e F r e e P r e s s r e- published every Thursday quests that contributors by the Free Press Publish- observe the following dead- ing Company, William Ifft, lines, which will be strictly president. Periodical post- enforced: age paid at Cheney, Wash. OBITUARIES, MEETINGS OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES - Tuesday, 10 a.m.* 99004. Published at 1616 W. CHURCH. CLUB MEETINGS. ALL SOCIAL First Street, Cheney, Wash. NEWS -- Monday, noon* 99004. DISPt~ ADVERTISING -- Monday, 4 p.m.* POSTMASTER: Send LEGAL NOTICES -- Monday, 5 p.m.* CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING -- Tuesday, 11 a.m.* address changes to: Cheney *Ex holidays Free Press, P.O. Box 218, Cheney, Wash. 99004-0218. ID PUBLICATION # FRIZ Ml~$ 102240 ............. Rates: Addresses in Spokane County, $24 per year; $36 per year outside Spokane County; senior citizens in Spokane County, $22 per year. For other rates, call 235-6184. HOW TO CONTACT US Phone: 235-6184 Fax: 235-2887 emaih cfp@ cheneyfreepress.com www.cheneyfreepress.com ..... .... .... " ' to "MYbe agreatcitizengrandfatherof the UnitedWaS verYstatesPrOUdof America. When he received his citizen- ship he stated, "I am finally a citizen of other members of our school community. Our grades de- pended on if we actually treat- ed each other with respect, the amount of help we gave others, how well we followed the rules and if we contributed positive ideas and behaviors within our classrooms and school. my country."" Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich We were taught that we had a responsibility to make sure that our schools were clean, safe, and that others felt respected. There was an expec- tation that we would follow the rules and to let those in author- ity know if rules were being broken. It was really up to us to makeSure that our school was See Knezovich page 5 iiiiiiii iiiiiiiI John McCallum Editor Main contact for a// editorial content. Cov- ers Cheney, Medical Lake and Airway Heights news as well as selected Cheney High School sports, jmac O chenejffreepress.com AI Stover Staff Reporter Covers all Education (Cheney, Medical Lake and Eastem Washington Univer- sity) as well as selected Cheney High School Sports. al O cheneyf~eprP, ss.com Paul Delaney Staff Reporter Covers all Business, Medical Lake High School and Eastern Washing- ton "University sports. Contact for miscellaneous sports. la~leJaney@cheneylreeprsss.com