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Compassion prevents suicides

Some people with suicidal thoughts tend to rationalize the irrational belief that the world would be a better place without them: the ultimate in self-destructive behavior that lends itself to isolating oneself from family and friends; ironically, during the holiday season.

Officer Davida Zinkgraf, extending her hand to the young man doing his suicidal dance atop the Monroe Street Bridge, reminded me of Clarence, the wingless angel, trying to help an intoxicated and suicidal George Bailey in the 1946 movie classic “It’s A Wonderful Life.”

A seemingly hopeless situation can be remedied with compassion, others’ willingness to listen without making judgment, prayer and a heavenly intercession from above.

James 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.