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Does anybody know what day it is?

Don't start a war, but feel free to speak your mind - in Spanish, if able. Toast the season with something that leaves your head clear.

That's because tomorrow is Peace Day. This is also Constitution Week and Alcohol and Addiction Recovery Month and National Hispanic Heritage Month.

We know this because of last week's proclamations from the Spokane mayor's office noting calendar honorifics. Constituents of good character ask the mayor's office for a little recognition, and decades of mayors have been happy to comply.  Proclamations are read each Monday evening before the City Council gets down to the serious business of explaining how each councilmember spent the previous week in neighborhood meetings, pancake feeds and rubber chicken lunches.

Proclamations are not a bad thing. It's just hard to know how to judge the relative import of these events based on time alloted. Is alcohol recovery more important than the Constitution, because it gets 30 days and "We the People..." gets seven? Is peace getting the short shrift on the calendar, just as it is around the globe?

By the way, National Punctuation Day is Thursday. No proclamation yet,
but send someone you love an exclamation point, any way.

The Spokesman-Review's political team keeps a critical eye on local, state and national politics.