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“How can you stand to work there?”

I'm asked that question every now and then, often in response to an S-R editorial or political endorsement.

Today's editorial on “Complete Streets” prompted the latest query of that ilk. My correspondent found the piece uninformed and utterly lacking vision. I did not try to talk him out of that reaction. I, too, am tired of the suggestion that cyclists don't pay taxes.

But here's the thing about editorial pages. They exist in an orbit all their own. 

Maybe it requires denial or rationalization, but people who start working for newspapers either figure that out or they don't.

So my answer to that guy's question is this: I don't define the S-R by the editorial page alone.

My guess is most readers don't either.

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Features writer Paul Turner is a columnist for The Spokesman-Review in the Features department. He writes "The Slice" column, which appears six times a week and produces general features stories for the Today section.

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