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Wed., Nov. 12, 2008, 4:04 p.m.

From the e-mail bag

One reader alerted us to a rather nasty comment on a post from earlier this week regarding Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. As stshore pointed out, a poster who used the name "Tongue in Cheek" went beyond his pen name and reasonable political discourse, slamming headlong into personal comments about the congresswoman and her family.

We took it down. And we apologize for not catching it earlier.

Ben Johnstone-Anderson wrote to say he likes the election maps, and wonders what software the newspaper uses. It's called ArcView 9.3.

While the software is pretty sophisticated (much more so than the person who uses it) what makes the maps work is the cooperation from Spokane County Elections and the Secretary of State's office. Without the easy access to their data, and the assistance in computer maps from county Elections and county GIS, that fancy software wouldn't do us much good.

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