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Early holiday already tried

In reply to the letter from Roy Tiefisher on Nov. 29, we tried an earlier Thanksgiving date. In 1939 President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving Day be observed one week earlier than President Lincoln had in 1863 (World Book Encyclopedia). Roosevelt hoped it would help business by making the shopping period between Thanksgiving and Christmas longer.

Congress finally ruled in 1941 that Thanksgiving would be observed on the last Thursday of November and would be a legal holiday.

Although I am old enough to remember, all I do remember is that some people observed the one earlier and others the one designated by President Lincoln.

Virginia Hutsell



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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.