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Supporting the homeless

In response to Catholic Charities spending $380,000 a year on staffing security patrols and cleaning crews to constantly hose the sidewalk, clean graffiti, sweep up garbage and drug paraphernalia at their homeless shelters… would it not be a money- and dignity-saving venture to have the able-bodied homeless people living in these facilities to gratuitously perform these services themselves?

Robert DeGroot

Spokane Valley


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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.