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Fri., March 7, 2014, 8:53 a.m.

Light Bulb Phaseout Ignites Readers

It appears my column on the light bulb phase out flipped a few switches in the Spokane area. The calls and emails that came in response to the column revealed readers on both sides of the lighting spectrum – those who embrace the government-mandated switch and those who are upset about losing their incandescent glow. One gentleman wrote, “So I must conclude that the hyper-intelligent mastermind bureaucrats who want to control every aspect of our lives including what kind of light bulb we, their subjects, should be allowed to operate are not so intelligent after all. Yet, they feel it is within their right and power to tell us what to do. As someone with a significant math and science background I resent being tormented by these morons, and you should also. I want to use the light bulbs that have served us all so well through the decades.” Several helpful readers called or wrote to let me know where I could still purchase the illicit bulbs and one enterprising fellow offered to sell me his stash/Cindy Hval, SR Front Porch. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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