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Leak stoppage: job one

It seems to me that stopping this oil from leaking steadily into the Gulf of Mexico and threatening an ever-enlarging portion of our planet far exceeds in importance questions of blame, payment, political posturing and even cleanup and containment.

The only words we need to hear now from any governmental, corporate or media authorities are “the leak is stopped.” We will have more than ample time to address all the subsidiary issues after the primary danger is curtailed.

James J. Hill

Hayden Lake


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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.