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Air Stagnation Advisory issued February 10 at 1:30PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...AIR STAGNATION ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST SATURDAY... * AIR QUALITY...LIGHT WINDS AND A TEMPERATURE INVERSION WILL HEIGHTEN THE POTENTIAL FOR ELEVATED POLLUTION LEVELS IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND NORTHEAST WASHINGTON TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. WEAK WEATHER DISTURBANCES WILL PASS THROUGH THE AREA

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Lo32° Patchy Fog then Slight Chance Rain and Patchy Fog

Thursday

Hi40° Rain and Patchy Fog

Thursday Night

Lo35° Rain then Chance Rain

Friday

Hi44° Chance Rain

Friday Night

Lo32° Chance Rain

Saturday

Hi45° Partly Sunny

Saturday Night

Lo33° Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi44° Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo38° Slight Chance Rain

Washington's Birthday

Hi54° Partly Sunny

Rights, petitions, and more rights

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There it is again, that First Amendment, poking its way again into our serene system of governance. You may recall that Wenatchee and its City Council not long ago were declared poster children among First Amendment right inhibitors for forbidding us to vote on our new red-light auto ticketing machinery. Tim Eyman said this and incidents like it gave him the supreme motivation for devising Initiative 517, on which we are voting now, which he says further enshrines and protects our basic rights.

You may remember from eighth-grade civics, it’s the First Amendment that has the list. These rights are so fundamental that everybody has them, automatically, by virtue of being a human being. These rights aren’t granted by the government. Governments grant privileges; rights come with you when you are born. It’s a hazy distinction between rights that shall not be abridged, and privileges granted a favored class, that cloud up Initiative 517. Remember, the First Amendment protects freedom of speech, the press, and religion, and we talk about those all the time. Tucked in the back are two more — the right to peaceably assemble, and to “petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

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