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Astronaut’s fame will endure

Neil Armstrong. Not a lot has been said about his passing, all things considered. He was far from the most famous personality of our day. But perhaps a better perspective would be had if we could fast forward 10,000 years in time and assume that civilization is still alive. Few would remember names like Buddha, Beethoven, Rembrandt, Einstein, Shakespeare, Newton, Isaac, Washington, Hitler, Columbus, or maybe even what a pope was.

But they would remember Neil Armstrong. First human to step on dirt not of this Earth. That will be remembered.

John Ward



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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.