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A smile for Jordan

My heart goes out to the family of Isamu (Som) Jordan, who died Sept. 5. He was a beloved part of The Spokesman-Review newsroom when I worked there as an editorial assistant and was always polite and kind. He was not at all snooty like some of the other reporters who worked there at the time; he was always a “real” guy and was dedicated to what he did so well: writing. Whenever I saw his byline, I’d smile, as just the thought of Som brightened my day.

We have lost a wonderful man at a very young age, but I pray for peace and light for him now. I’m sure there are plenty of interesting stories and music for Som to cover in Heaven.

Nancy Plourde



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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.