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Good law for lawbreakers

I agree with Shawn Vestal (June 22) about the new liquor sales law. When people had to go out of their way to purchase liquor in a liquor store and be served over a counter, shoplifting could be kept at a minimum. Now, alcoholics and minors can shoplift, and the resulting losses by the retailers will result in higher prices, not only on liquor but on foods as well.

Talk about unintended consequences! This is a bad law.

Dorothy Carter


Applaud Michelle Obama

I was so surprised by Mary Heinen’s letter on June 22 that I looked up the article she referred to about Michelle Obama’s graduation speech. The line attributed to Michelle that “you should live for yourself and not anyone else” does indeed sound un-Christian. Michelle goes on to say that she and her brother, after growing up in a struggling working-class family, chased lucrative careers in law and finance but neither felt especially fulfilled. She said life is defined by more than a paycheck and urged graduates to focus on what they have rather than what they lack. Being thankful for what we have sounds very Christian to me.

The causes she promotes also sound very Christian. In the early months as first lady, she visited homeless shelters and soup kitchens. After a year as first lady, she undertook her first lead role in an administrationwide initiative. Her goal was to make progress in reversing the 21st-century trend of childhood obesity. She has named the movement “Let’s Move.”

Supporting military families, fair pay for working women and encouraging national service are all important issues to her. I applaud her choices.

Karen Gertson

Spokane Valley

Politics at the pump

Have you noticed gas prices inching lower lately? Is it just me, or is there an election coming up soon? I seem to recall how the Democrats complained about Bush’s oil buddies. Anyone who pays any attention knows that speculators are the ones responsible for current oil prices. One major speculator is George Soros. Does anyone other than me suspect Obama’s rich buddies might be manipulating the market in favor of their friend?

Will we see a dramatic drop in fuel prices before the election? Will you be like me and smell a rat if it does? Will the media call into question the president and his cronies if it does? I won’t be holding my breath, that’s for sure! Maybe I’m wrong, but after reading this and it is found that I am not, will you remember?

If you are honest, you will and will also hold the Democrats and their rich buddies accountable and dump the lot of them. Nobody should be able to hold Americans hostage at the pump, especially while pretending to be for the little guy. I prefer unregulated markets and its consumers to set the price, not government officials and their buddies.

Rob Leach


Save the MAC

The recent antics of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture board are likely the best thing that could have happened for our museum. A recent study shows that 80 percent of Spokane doesn’t know what the MAC is and/or where it is located. It is far past time for us to shake off our apathy and demand better.

The MAC should be a living, relevant and exciting gathering place for everyone. Out with irrelevant and now-damaging leadership and in with an intelligent museum director, Forrest Rodgers, who has a proven track record (High Desert Museum, Bend, Ore.), and engaging, inclusive vision.

Sign a petition on (Executive Committee of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture: Resign Immediately), thus joining a grass-roots community movement to Save The MAC (again), this time from themselves.

Give Forrest the chance he was hired for and maybe, just maybe, that 80 percent will discover and learn to treasure vibrant cultural experiences.

Lori Decicio



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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.