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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017

Maintain support for transgender protections

With the Trump administration rescinding a federal rule protecting transgender students, it becomes imperative for the state of Washington to stand behind its safeguards. Trump’s press secretary called it a state’s rights issue, noting that Trump himself said Caitlyn Jenner could use whichever bathroom she liked at Trump Tower. But ... Continued »


THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017

The lesson of internment is relevant today

The following editorial appeared in the Los Angeles Times. Seventy-five years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, declaring parts of the United States to be military zones from which particular groups of people could be “excluded” for security reasons. The order set the stage for the relocation and ... Continued »


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017

Distracted driving law needs an update

Distracted-driving bills cruised past Friday’s legislative cut-off in Olympia. In a sane world, they would continue on to final passage, but they’ve been diverted twice before. This is the third year lawmakers have attempted to revise the 2007 law. Currently, drivers are only prohibited from texting and talking on a ... Continued »


TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017

Past opinions offer perspective

Looking Back reviews opinions published in The Spokesman-Review during this week in history. Washington’s address, Feb. 22, 1954 An S-R editorial explained the context of President Washington’s farewell address, which is often cited as a call for isolationism. “At the time the great danger was that the nation would retain ... Continued »


SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

Court upheld law, equality in florist case

The Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously against a nice lady who owns a floral business in Richland because she turned away two men who wanted her to supply flowers for their wedding. Barronelle Stutzman is not a bad person, despite the angry mail she has reportedly received. But Attorney General ... Continued »


SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

Tax returns could buttress Trump’s claims

The following editorial is from the Washington Post. In a 28-day tenure already marred by many blunders – both by his staff and by himself – President Donald Trump’s rambling news conference Thursday, riddled with misstatements of fact and attacks on reporters, stands out mainly for its consistency with what ... Continued »


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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017

Amy Goodman: Remember the lesson of Anne Frank

Anne Frank would be 87 years old had she not perished in Bergen-Belsen, a Nazi concentration camp in Germany. What words of wisdom might she offer the Trump administration as it crafts its latest iteration of its Muslim and refugee ... Continued »

THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017

Dana Milbank: Meet some of the ‘enemies’ of Americans

Thomas Gibbons-Neff, a fourth-generation military man, deployed twice to Afghanistan. The second time, as a 22-year-old Marine corporal in 2010, he led an eight-man infantry team into combat. Two of his men were wounded by enemy sniper fire, and one ... Continued »

LETTERS

Help with civility

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers recently wrote a heartening opinion piece for Time calling for civility and respectful dialogue in the political process. I completely agree with her statement that "We've forgotten how to listen to each other, and how to come together for productive conversations." Continued »

Keep wildlands wild

I never thought I would say this, but Rich Landers is my new hero. Rich's Feb. 5 article, "Privatization idea is a recurring virus," hit the nail on the head. Continued »

Positive Muslim experiences

I have been blessed to have friends from many countries throughout the years and believe it would be great for our country and the world for others to have those opportunities as well. Being immersed in university environments since the age of 18, and living overseas for 17 years, I have gradually accepted the belief that we are all brothers and sisters. Continued »

Don't protest legitimacy

George W. Bush was installed by the Supreme Court, which halted the Florida vote count. Aside from voter suppression and "lost" (tossed) ballots common to both races, Trump actually won the Electoral College. Why didn't the Democrats more vigorously protest the more illegitimate election of Bush, a bigger travesty, than this one? Because of their compatibility with him? Continued »

Medicare for All

Sue Lani Madsen's Feb. 4 column praises Switzerland's health insurance system for its competitive marketplace, as if that is its key element. More importantly, the Swiss adopted a modified German system where all insurers are nonprofit, divorced from employers and must accept all applicants and pay all claims without deductibles or co-pays. Patients go to any provider. Premiums are based on income, not age, and whatever the market will bear, and insurance is mandatory. All insurers must offer the same basic policy. Numerous companies compete only on extra benefits and user-friendliness. Continued »

Terrorism not 'Muslim-specific'

Regarding Rosemary Schofhauser's Feb. 12 letter ("Remember our history") in which she invites citizens to "Remember Fort Hood, Boston, San Bernardino and the Twin Towers." While those horrific events must never be forgotten, we also need to remember Timothy McVeigh's bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, Dylann Roof's cold-blooded murder of black churchgoers and our own Kevin Harpham's attempted bombing of the MLK Day parade. Continued »


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