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Thu., Jan. 5, 2006, 9:37 a.m.

Local Question of the Day — 1/5/06

Issue: Clean air group's suit cites secret sessions: State agriculture officials met with seed companies/James Hagengruber, Spokesman-Review

Additional Info: Apart from the lawsuit, Gora said her group has obtained e-mail records that she said are evidence of state employees "mocking" public health advocates. Copies of the e-mails were distributed to the media Wednesday. In an e-mail that Gora said caused particular offense, the state's burning program manager suggested gathering after the sessions to toast a departing air quality program employee with flaming cocktails. In another e-mail, the same state employee mentioned post-meeting talks " 'where we discuss food, drink and/or the meaning of smoke (I burn, therefore I am…?).'"

Question: Do you get the impression that state bureaucrats don't take problems associated with field burning seriously?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.