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Funeral queue poses risk

Once again today, many drivers were needlessly delayed by a funeral procession. There are options to getting mourners from a church or other location to a cemetery other than by a slow moving line of vehicles.

The escorts are not emergency vehicles, and getting the vehicles to the cemetery is not an emergency. If there were an actual police or fire emergency, the responders would be delayed by the stopped flow of traffic blocking all lanes in all directions. The disruption of traffic is not worth the limited convenience of getting the mourners to the cemetery.

Traffic is getting too heavy in Spokane to allow them any longer. They are not allowed in Seattle. The escorts use pickups because some motorcycle escorts have lost their lives escorting processions. Get real, Spokane.

Herb Postlewait



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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.