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Two Fridays ago Washington's long-time Senator Norm Dicks announced he would not be running for re-election after 18 terms and 36 years representing Boeing, Tacoma,

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Comment of the Day: Dicks, Dams, and a Magnuson Myth

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Two Fridays ago Washington's long-time Senator Norm Dicks announced he would not be running for re-election after 18 terms and 36 years representing Boeing, Tacoma, and the Olympic Peninsula in Congress. Unanswered questions about Dicks' pork practices led to inquiries over funds appropriated by the Congressman for his son's Puget Sound Cleanup project. Dicks Senior follows in the path of his mentor, former Senator Warren Magnuson. Commenter Pete Francis has a long memory though and took us to task over the line about Magnuson being "remembered for one day adding an innocent line to an appropriations bill - and Grand Coulee Dam was born." Francis' 70-year-old correction is our Comment of the Day:

Rick I have long admired your work. This week you erred by perpetuating Pres. Kennedy's probable joking remark as fact. Maggie did not get to the Senate until 1944. By then Grand Coulee Dam was built. It was started in 1933, four years before he even got to the House. Our senators Jones and Dill helped to get the funding.

Your article is a good one, but that one myth about Senator Magnuson is totally false.

Pete Francis

 
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