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Tue., Aug. 3, 2010, 7:21 p.m.

Is Larry Shook banned from City Hall e-mail?

Good evening, Netizens...

You can tell it is getting close to an election when all the incumbents suddenly start trying to resolve all the problems they have created for their angry constituents, who have been complaining about loudly since the last election, except in Spokane. Here the rule of thumb seems to be to continue ignoring the public complaints, perhaps even sue them if they get too vituperative about them.

However, the usual aromatic hazardous waste that comes wafting off City Hall seems to have worsened recently, as reporter Larry Shook asserts all e-mail from him is now being rejected by City Hall's System Admin as SPAM. Now mind you, I am not a lawyer, however, I believe that constitutes tampering with the public record which is a no-no under Washington State Law. Now I could be wrong. However, it does raise some interesting legal questions, not to mention thorny moral issues. That never really seems to have slowed City Hall before, has it?

Now if you want to add to this thorny issue, of the public's right to contact their elected officials in e-mail, it was announced earlier this evening that Mary (Queen) Verner is about to announce even deeper cuts in personnel in coming times ostensibly to balance the budget. I understand although the final list of cuts has not been ratified just yet, who catches the ax this time around will be determined.

This could turn out to be an utterly fascinating election.


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