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Public Periscope

Compiled By Jim Camden From Staf

Or, just put them on the baggage carousel

Spokane International Airport officials would like to attract an all-hours day-care center to the nearby commercial strip, one that would cater to the 1,400 people who work, often at night, at the airport or surrounding businesses. Eventually, there might be an even larger clientele, Airport Director John Morrison thinks … Morrison recently told touring state officials that travelers could drop off their kids for as long as three days … Airport spokesman Todd Woodard cautioned that idea is in its infancy: “We don’t know of anyone else who offers a 24-hour day care. We don’t even know if it’s legal.”

One reason to miss Hasson

If you didn’t get a tour of the courthouse tower from former County Commissioner Steve Hasson, you may be out of luck. Guiding trips to the best view in Spokane was among Hasson’s favorite duties, but last week staff warned commissioners to open the tower “sparingly, to those who have authorized access” … Any outsiders should at least sign a hold-harmless waiver, attorneys said. Architects guessed it would cost more than $400,000 to install an elevator, improve the staircase and make other improvements to meet modern codes … So Commissioner Phil Harris had a suggestion: “Next time you go up there, take pictures.” Although Harris said he’d like to see the view, he’s not interested in climbing 108 steep and narrow steps.

Do as I say …

Commissioner John Roskelley was criticizing a proposal to allow the discharge of BB guns in areas where it’s illegal to shoot firearms when Harris interrupted. Commissioners are not supposed to offer opinions on matters that are scheduled for public hearings, cautioned Harris … Apparently not one to follow his own advice, Harris had written “looks good” on a copy of the proposed ordinance.

No chemicals, just a bad batch of chili

Spokane County businesses are being asked to report the chemicals and metals they flush down public sewers. “We need to know what is going in our sewers in order to protect the treatment plant and the water quality of the Spokane River,” county utilities director Bruce Rawls said as the county sent out 655 surveys … Answering honestly could lead to higher sewer fees for some businesses. Getting caught in a lie could lead to suspension of sewer service.

Campaign rumor of the week

Democrat John Goldman is telling folks he’s not running for re-election as sheriff and Republicans already have a candidate for the 1998 campaign. Democrats are getting close to one themselves. Lt. Jim Finke, the department’s graveyard shift commander, is “seriously considering” the race … The 23-year department veteran said he probably won’t make a decision until late this year. But some local Democrats are excited about the prospect of Finke taking on Mark Sterk, a GOP legislator and city police officer, because both are Valley residents.

A topic to ponder

The Citizens League of Greater Spokane has a speech scheduled for its annual luncheon Wednesday that made us pause. Not because it’s so outrageous, but because it’s so congenial … State Sen. Gene Prince will talk on “Making sure that everyone has a seat at the table and is heard - a need for tolerance in government.” … Information on the $20 per plate luncheon at Cavanaugh’s Inn at the Park is available by calling Therese Covert at 326-1129.

The latest in correct speech

Public Periscope feels obligated to inform its readers that they should no longer talk about hate crimes. Not because hate crimes have ceased to exist, but because that is no longer the proper term … The Prejudice Institute, which is located in Baltimore, Md., informs us that the proper term is now ethnoviolence. It is a much broader term, the institute says, and much more accurate. Not all crimes that are motivated by prejudice involve hate, the institute says. Some are committed impulsively or “as calculated acts of intimidation designed to achieve the specific ends of the perpetrator” … We’re sure that those people who have been injured or damaged by people who didn’t really hate them feel so much better now that they have a newer, more correct term.

, DataTimes MEMO: Public Periscope, which is published Mondays, is compiled by Jim Camden from staff reports.

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Public Periscope, which is published Mondays, is compiled by Jim Camden from staff reports.

The following fields overflowed: CREDIT = Compiled by Jim Camden from staff reports

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