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Weekend editorials: A setback for public disclosure

Post by David Seago on Dec. 28, 2007 at 10:36 am with No Comments »
December 28, 2007 10:36 am

Editorials for the holiday weekend:


The state Supreme Court’s ruling against disclosure in a case involving the Spokesman Review in Spokane not only expanded the attorney-client privilege but also endorsed a new tactic government agencies can use to fend off disclosure requests: They can force record seekers into court before taking action on the requests. This makes disclosure harder, not easier, to obtain.


We look back at the year’s hits and misses on our 2007 civic agenda scorecard. The failure of Proposition 1 was a big setback in solving transportation problems, but there were notable gains in protecting the environment and preserving valuable farmland in Pierce County.

There, that wasn’t so hard, was it? Tacoma port commissioners grudgingly agree to join their counterparts in Seattle and Olympia in providing streaming video and taped telecasts of commission meetings.


Indulging in whimsy and wishful thinking, we offer headlines we’d like to see in 2008.


Both pages will be devoted to our annual "editorial page explainer," a special package profiling editorial board members and identifying the various voices and functions offered in our daily opinion pages.


Pierce County won its high-stakes showdown with the state over providing mental health services for county residents, but there’s no reason to gloat. The Legislature is going to have face up to its obligation to adequately fund such services in the long run.

Clearing prostitutes from city streets is no longer good enough. Fife police operation shows that cops need to monitor Craig’s List, too, to curb an open market in sex.

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