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Goodwill a good example

Your excellent interview of Inland Northwest Goodwill Chief Executive Officer Clark Brekke was a true public service. At a time when so many have lost hope in the future, confidence in government and corporate America, and faith that any good act of theirs will really make a difference, you offer an example of an enterprise that can help others and do it cost effectively.

The donors, employees and customers of Goodwill have within it a local example that a nonprofit business really can do good by doing well.

Brooks C. Sackett


Pitts Jr. misfires

I refer to the Jan. 30 column, “Nation needs gun dialogue,” by Leonard Pitts Jr., and am incredulous at the allowance of editorials not based on factual information, which could easily be checked using any search engine.

For example, Pitts states, “In a democracy, nothing is supposed to matter more than the will of the people.” The United States is a republic not a democracy, and I note a successful guide called the U.S. Constitution controls the scope of government action, not the whim of the moment.

He decries that the deranged shooter of Rep. Gabby Giffords was able to purchase a gun, and promotes the need for new, unnamed regulations, regardless of their effect on the rights of U.S. citizens, and ignores most importantly that victim Giffords has not called for additional regulations.

Also, violent crime has steadily decreased, along with gun-related murders and accidental deaths coexistent with increased ownership of guns in society and licensing of concealed weapons. Pitts needs to avail himself of facts and accessible information rather than pushing his own liberal agenda.

It is The Spokesman-Review’s responsibility to publish credible, factual information, even if classified as opinion. This column was neither.

Chris Pritchard


We must advocate for kids

Our babies are being murdered. In Spokane, the United States and the world. Our agonizing question of why goes for the most part unanswered. Yes, we will give our personal views why: societal values, economy, overpopulation, technology. We will strike out in anger at views that do not agree with ours.

These do not solve the simple fact that our children, our babies, are not safe. Schools do everything they can to nurture a safe environment for six hours a day. Teachers learn to heed signs of neglect and abuse. Social workers and counselors with caseloads that chief executive officers would not tolerate come back every day to fight for the children. And yet, they keep dying.

I have no answers, no magic formula that would appeal to all beliefs, all reasonings. We must be advocates for our children, seek help for them, love and protect them.

Vicki McBride


Fight human trafficking

It sounds like Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna, who is also the president of the National Association of Attorneys General, is out to put pimps and prostitutes in the unemployment line. People found guilty of human trafficking, adultery, prostitution, child molestation and sodomy in China, Pakistan, Iran and Saudi Arabia are either hanged or beheaded. The death penalty for these crimes has received widespread public approval and support.

We seem to take a milder approach here in this country. The infamous Bunny Ranch in Reno, Nev., turned out for Ron Paul during the Republican caucus recently. Many young women, looking to escape a life of poverty and abuse, are sucked in and intimidated by pimps, using fear, confinement, forced drug use and gang rape. Selling young flesh creates revenue for pimps to purchase clothing, cars and weapons, and the lifestyle is very seductive and attractive to young recruits.

I hope and pray that McKenna’s strategy of protecting young, precious and sacred flesh from the sex trade industry will succeed, and those who run in the shadows and cry through the night won’t have to run and cry anymore.

James Gordon Perkins



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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.