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Storm warnings overblown

Alexandra Amonette’s Nov. 9 letter mischaracterized Superstorm Sandy. Sandy was deadly and costly because it affected a long, sensitive area of the country (the East Coast), not because it was powerful. As a matter of fact, when it made landfall it was only a tropical storm.

Alarmists like to point to deadly hurricanes because it helps their cause, just as they did with Katrina, which was another hurricane that hit a sensitive area. A few facts that people may not be aware of is that the last Category 3 or greater hurricane to hit the United States was in 2005, and that the hurricane season just now ending has been one of the weakest, even though earlier this year alarmists were pointing to articles predicting a tough season.

It ended up being just another failed prediction on a very long list.

Paul Alsept

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.