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“We knew when Wendy’s and Starbucks came in, we weren’t long for this world.”

– Mobile home park resident Denise Brigham, whose family must move because the property in Post Falls has been sold to purchasers who have other development plans.

“I think it’s a personal conflict of interest, but I know Spokane does this good-old boy stuff.”

– Co-chairwoman Barbara Morrissey of the Peaceful Valley Neighborhood Council, regarding Spokane City Councilman Al French, who has been promoting an expanded tax exemption that he concedes would benefit one of his clients.

“I think we’re setting the bar too low when we say, ‘Look, isn’t it great that we haven’t had a statewide elected official go to jail recently?’ ”

– Louisiana Gov.-elect Bobby Jindal, talking about his plans to attack the political corruption for which his state is known.

“The feeling is that we are moving away from what has worked for hundreds of years with millions of kids to something that nobody is quite sure of.”

– Balboa Elementary School teacher Jim Harrison, describing the reaction he’s heard from parents to Spokane Public Schools’ new spelling curriculum, which frowns on memorization.

“We don’t need any more grizzly bear photographs. We need more grizzly bears.”

Chuck Bartlebaugh, director of the Center for Wildlife Information, in Missoula, criticizing photographers who bait grizzlies, some of whom then become attracted to populated areas and have to be shot.

“The sky was just red. Everywhere I looked was red, glowing.”

Ronnie Leigh, whose mobile home north of Los Angeles was threatened by wildfires that forced evacuation of hundreds of thousands of residents.

“They’re not here to search you; they’re not here to bother you. They’re here to be your friend and help you succeed.”

– Kootenai County Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Ryan Davis, explaining to youngsters at the Coeur d’Alene facility that city police officers were there to play volleyball.

“It’s not right that Roodman gets slapped on the wrist while taxpayers are getting kicked in the butt with a tax levy that will never go away.”

– Washington state Rep. Dan Roach, R-Bonney Lake, saying public officials who violate campaign finance disclosure laws by using public funds to influence elections – as hospital administrator Rich Roodman did – should be fired rather than merely assessed fines that their salaries can easily cover.

“It was amazing to stand in the White House. It was amazing to meet the president. But it does not compare to the cards and letters I’ve gotten from students who say, ‘You changed my life.’ “

– Granite Falls teacher Andrea Peterson, former winner of the Washington state teacher of the year.

“Contrary to popular belief, not a significant amount of research goes into cockroach radiation.”

Grant Imahara, one of the personalities on the cable television show “Mythbusters,” which was at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation near Richland recently to test a theory that cockroaches can withstand nuclear explosions.


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Editorial: Washington state lawmakers scramble to keep public in the dark

State lawmakers want to create a legislative loophole in Washington’s Public Records Act. While it’s nice to see Democrats and Republicans working together for once, it’s just too bad that their agreement is that the public is the enemy. As The Spokesman-Review’s Olympia reporter Jim Camden explained Feb. 22, lawmakers could vote on a bill today responding to a court order that the people of Washington are entitled to review legislative records.