I thought I would provide a little more information as it
relates to this Spokesman Review Story since I have been following SPOCOM/SREC
for about four years after being alerted to a serious lack of accountability for
the way our tax dollars are being spent.
Anyone who has followed this by keeping up on the meetings
of the SREC which was formerly named SPOCOM, but they decided to change their
name for some unknown reason, knows what a mess this is. Of course, anytime you
have a huge pot of taxpayer dollars everyone tries to get their fingers in the
pot. There is no public accounting for the millions of dollars tax dollars the
County receives each year other than a yearly report that tells you nothing.
The make-up of the policy board is controlled by County folks and Ozzie friends including City of Spokane Valley Council-member Brandi Peetz of Fly-In fame when she does show up for the meetings.
As you can see Gonzaga Security even wants in. I’m not sure
I like the idea of Chief Meidl’s friend Phil Tyler having access to a law
enforcement radio, but I’ll be interested to see how the interlocal agreement
between Gonzaga and SREC ends up. Keep in mind that EWU Cops are Commissioned
Law Enforcement Officers and Spokane Public School Cops have limited
Commissions and all have gone through background checks, Gonzaga Security
obviously not so much. Can’t help but wonder exactly who at Gonzaga Security
suggest this to Chief Meidl?
One good way to not only take complete control while at the
same time making it difficult to audit previous years of revenue and expenses
is to create a SPOKANE INTEGRATED COMMUNICATIONS CENTER PUBLIC
AUTHORITY (SPOCOM), generally when things like this happen somehow
during the transfer receivables and payables get lost in the shuffle.
Council President Stuckart is right on this one, but it
remains to be seen if he along with the rest of the City Council will cave in
and go along with County Control of the entire shooting match even though 65%
of the usage is City usage and the biggest portion of the revenue the County
collects is from City taxpayers.
As we all know Spokane is a friendly place and you can
always find friends helping friends, especially if there is big money involved.
As a strong First Amendment advocate and champion for an independent and free press I think it is important to recognize the great job SR Reporter Chad Sokol and Seattle Times Political reporter Jim Brunner are doing to inform the public about the dangers associated with Christianity.
As many are aware it was Chad Sokol who originally exposed what is referred to by the Mainstream Media as “The Shea Manifesto” even though other reporters passed on the story when the document was widely disseminate long ago.
One of the individuals who received a lot of press and interviews as a result of Sokol’s story Tanner Rowe, someone who many suspected as being the source for Chad Sokol’s story, others suspected Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich because if his hatred for Mr. Shea. Tanner Rowe publicly denied he was the source for Sokol’s story.
Of course, since a reporter is obligated not to revel their sources we may never know who or what prompted Sokol’s story just prior to the election which unfortunately leads to a lot of speculation, and often unfounded speculation.
No matter where the story originated it is important the tenacity of reporters in getting the word out using every social media platform available is recognized including Twitter and Facebook. The public has every right to know what some apparently believe to be extremist Christian beliefs, and not just the religious beliefs of elected officials but private citizens as well if there is some way to associate those beliefs to the McMorris-Rodgers vs Lisa Brown race all the better.
Here in these Twitter exchanges Chad Sokol and Jim Brunner do a great job of not only of informing the public about Matt Shea and CMR but also former Spokane County Deputy Sheriff Jonathan Hansen.
So far just one little miss-identification bump along the way, but other than that a good job of getting their word out.
Another great thing about Twitter posts is that they help the public keep track of the money folks are requesting back after they have been contacted by the media and apparently asked for comment, it is a good barometer of the impact the stories have had on informing the public and the donors, which could end up with some Pulitzer Prizes or other reporting recognition.
According to Chad Sokol’s recent Twitter post the count is now up to “No. 5”, which certainly is evidence of the tenacity he and other media have shown.
Matt Shea describes himself as a Christian, and since an important part of the Christian Faith is bringing joy to others, I would have to believe that Mr. Shea at least takes some solace in all the joy he has brought to our Media Brethren!