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Coal shipments raise concerns

Big Coal’s plans to export U.S. coal to Asia through the Northwest would bring a lot more coal train traffic through Spokane every day if the proposed ports are approved. As an outdoors enthusiast and the father of two young kids, I’m concerned about the health risks associated with higher levels of diesel emissions and how this could degrade our quality of life here in Spokane.

Priority one is making sure this is safe. The health of our families is worth studying. How could anyone not support that? We’re the ones trying to protect our families, and they are the richest and dirtiest corporations in America. The coal companies can afford the bill. What are they trying to hide?

Dave Braun

Spokane


 

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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.