By Rebecca Nappi
March 27 – From the obituary in our news pages today about Carol E. Eddy, 1919-2011:
“Carol left us unexpectedly on March 17, 2011. She didn’t even get to wear her new shamrock socks.”
By Tom Sowa
March 24 – State voters and taxpayers who want Washington’s legislators to keep funding the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) can find a quick link to an online letter form at the Greater Spokane Incorporated’s YourPolicyVoice.org.
The letter is a quick form that allows people to support the MAC, which faces possible closure due to major cuts proposed by the governor’s 2011-2013 biennial budget. The message there will be forwarded to legislators based on selections the letter-writer chooses in the online form.
By Jim Kershner
March 23 – I just finished interviewing Greg Mortenson, co-author of “Three Cups of Tea” and “Stones Into Schools.” I have tremendous admiration for him and his work building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan and have written a story for Saturday’s paper. But I didn’t have enough space to include all of the topics we discussed, including this fascinating one: His changing perception of America’s military.
Here are a few excerpts from the interview:
“In ‘Three Cups of Tea,’ I was fairly critical of the military. I said they were all laptop warriors. … But my opinion of the military has really changed. The military really gets it. …
“Because many of our troops have been on the ground three or four times, of all of our government entities, the military understands and has an awareness of respecting the elders and building relationships and listening to the people. There has been a huge learning curve.”
In fact, the military sought him out as an adviser on how to effectively build relationships with the Afghan people.
By Pia Hallenberg
March 23 – There’s a proposal being floated by Hillyard Futures that would allow golf carts on streets posted at 25 mph within the area between Division and Havana, and Francis and Euclid. The carts would not be allowed on Division, Nevada, Lincoln Road or any other arterials within that area.
Liberty Lake has had a golf cart ordinance since 2006 and Deer Park added one a bit later.
Included in the proposal are separate lanes, painted on the roads that are wide enough, to be reserved for the carts.