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FIRST LOOK BUZZ by Vincent Bozzi


Dear Spoko-Gnome, LILACS & LEMONS


LILACS to Albertsons for eliminating the self-checkout lanes in all their stores and replacing them with standard or express lanes. They came to the conclusion that removing the human interaction with customers could be costing them business. We occasionally like the lanes, especially when purchasing tons of embarrassing junk food or personal stuff from the medicine aisle, but in the end we salute businesses who are finding ways to de-automate and to restore American jobs.


LEMONS to the federal judge in Spokane who dismissed the case against a guy who had 600 images of child pornography on his computer, and who in 1998 had been convicted on two counts of raping a child, merely because the person who led the police to him had mental and emotional problems. The fact is, they did find the images in his possession, so who cares how they discovered it? Dismissing the case is a miscar- riage of justice, and hiding behind tech- nicalities is nonsense. While the courts are throwing cases out for mere tech- nicalities the criminals are whooping it up and search- ing for their next victims.


LILACS to Applebees for auctioning off their huge stock of local memorabilia and giving the money to the Win- dermere Foundation. As anyone who watches “Hoarders” knows, getting rid of stuff is more difficult than amassing it, but local estate expert Marianne Guenther Bornhoft made short shrift of the local goodies, and many low income or homeless people in our area will benefit. We can’t wait to see what’s going to replace the old décor!


LEMONS to opponents of expansion in the West Plains for constantly trotting out the “encroachment” problem when arguing why nothing should be built in the area around Fairchild Air Force Base. If private parties or even the base itself would like to buy the property surrounding the base to ensure against encroachment, they should just buy it rather than limiting what the current owners can do with their own property.


LILACS to the Washington State Patrol for making accident reports available online. When- ever I’ve needed anything from a government agency I know that I’ll have to allot a couple hours to go to the courthouse, find parking, search through acres of corridors to find the right counter, stand in line, get a clerk who doesn’t have a clue what I’m talking about, explain again nicely what I need, fork over some money, get a surly response and a poorly reproduced copy. It’s great that government agencies are entering the modern age. Get your report for $9.50 at wsp.wa.gov.


LILACS to the Greater Spokane Inc., and Spokane County for working together to attract Caterpillar to our region. Their new national distribution center will employee about 150 people, and that’s just the first phase of their facility, which will be 500,000 square feet. The second phase will double the size to a million square feet and possibly 300 employees. Bravo!


20 SPOKANE CDA • July - August • 2011 SPOKO-GNOME


I was walking through Comstock Park about a week and a half ago and was fascinated to see the pool beginning to be filled. I think they were just starting to clean it, as there was lots of pollen in the bottom and the water was muddy. They had a hose going from one of the buildings over the edge into the deep end where water was trickling out of it. It made me wonder about how they fill the pool, so I am wondering if you can give


me the answer. ~ Pool Ponderer


Dear Pool Ponderer, We knew who to turn to with your question: Carl Strong, Rec- reation Supervisor II for Spokane Parks & Recreation Depart- ment, in charge of Aquatics, Sports and Facilities —or as I like


to call him, Aquaman! Here is what Carl shared with us:


“Depending on the pool and the water source available it takes different amounts of time to fill each pool. We fill all pools by hose—either a fire hose or a large domestic hose, depend- ing on the pool. We have to constantly fill the pools as water evaporates and is splashed out by the swimmers.” Here is a look at the info on each of the city’s six public pools:


A.M. Cannon Comstock Hillyard Liberty


170,136 gallons - takes about 6 hours to fill 346,826 gallons - takes about 2.5 days to fill 243,835 gallons - takes about 3 days to fill 230,578 gallons - takes about 1 day to fill


Witter Large pool 679,537 gallons - takes about 2 days to fill (both pools) Witter Small pool 45,517 gallons - takes about 2 days to fill (both pools) Shadle


227,460 gallons - takes about 1 day to fill “There are all sorts of interesting things,”


Strong says, regarding the pools, including that, “our largest pool fills faster than a smaller pool.” He says this is all due to the water source they have available. “


Thanks Carl!


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