OLYMPIA -- Rep. Alex Wood of Spokane got a pre adjournment send off this week, with a resolution in the House honoring him for his seven terms there.
Honoring outgoing members is a tradition, of course, but it's also one of the few things that all members agree on at this point in the session. The resolution was sponsored by his central Spokane district seatmate, Timm Ormsby, and signed on by all members of both parties.
The resolution notes Wood was a Vietnam vet and former radio reporter -- which may be a reason it says he has "the best speaking voice in this legislative body" -- lists his work on various committees he sat on during his 14 years and work on the Problem Gambling Program.
It also says he's unusual in one other respect as "an avid reader who greatly enjoys the feel of paper in his hands and, thus, makes it a point to read the actual newspaper instead of an online version, and still uses the library to check out books, the old-fashioned way."