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Difference makers

A big thank you is deserved by The Spokesman-Review for its Difference Makers series. In this time when national politics are broken and implementing positive change on a national level seems like a hopeless endeavor, it is critical we point out those in our community making real change for the better of all.

The bravery of Layne Pavey “Advocate knows firsthand how difficult it is to rejoin society,” Dec. 24) has demonstrated that those who have served time are like many of us: they made a mistake, served their time, and now deserve a second chance. Her efforts to “ban the box” means that many people in our community will get a second chance and will be able to get back on their feet.

Antony Chiang’s leadership behind the helm of the Empire Health Foundation has helped countless low-income people in our community on critical issues of health and nutrient.

These two and the others highlighted demonstrate that a small group of dedicated people can make a difference in this community. Thanks again for recognizing these local heroes.

Rick Eichstaedt, Executive Director

Center for Justice


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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.