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‘Mutts’ draws right conclusion

A comic strip can be worth a thousand words. I refer to Patrick McDonnell’s comic strip “Mutts.” His recent story and illustrations called “Guard Dog’s Diary” shows a sad, lonely guard dog chained to a post on a short chain, hoping for a better life.

Given a chance, dogs are lovable, friendly and loyal companions who deserve owners who really care about them and treat them humanely. Not owners who neglect, chain, or shut them up in kennels with no socialization, love, or exercise day after day, year after year.

Thank you, Patrick McDonnell, for caring about animals and bringing their points of view to our attention. I hope it makes readers think and realize that pet ownership is a big responsibility, but well worth it if it is done correctly and with love.

And thank you to The Spokesman-Review for printing this wonderful comic strip.

Esther Hildahl



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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.