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It’s the holiday hiring

On Saturday night I watched the news on KXLY, and they had a nice little article on the fact that some merchants are gearing up for the holidays by hiring temporary help. That sounds reasonable; there are still a few people out there with a couple of bucks. Holiday hiring has been around for a good many years. Unfortunately, when January comes, temporary help gets laid off.

On Sunday, I pick up The Spokesman-Review to read an Associated Press article that the jobs report is really shaking up the race. What planet are the reporters from?

In January, the temps will be looking for jobs once more, unemployment will be up and I pray that President Barack Obama will be making plans for his presidential library.

Robert Costigan

Spirit Lake, Idaho


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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.