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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 »


FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017

Feds should refrain from marijuana crackdown

Now that Jeff Sessions has been confirmed as attorney general, will the federal government swoop in to stop commercial marijuana enterprises? It’s a valid concern, because of his long-standing views. “Good people don’t smoke marijuana,” Sessions said last year. Washingtonians had no reason to be alarmed with a generalization from ... Continued »


UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 11:09 A.M.

Flynn was never suitable for NSA job

The following editorial is from the Los Angeles Times. There is only one possible reaction to the resignation of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as President Trump’s national security adviser: good riddance – and not only because Flynn was caught in what looks like a lie. Of course, Flynn had ... Continued »


WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017

Put sexual assault orders on equal footing

A bill to align sexual assault protection orders with orders related to domestic violence and harassment makes perfect sense, but this is the advocates’ third try. The objections have never been clear. Last year, the bill passed Senate unanimously, but the bill died quietly in the House when the National ... Continued »


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TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017

Robert Samuelson: Carbon tax is a limited solution

By all means, let’s have a carbon tax. It’s the best way to deal with global climate change. It would require Republicans and Democrats to compromise – a good thing – and would provide revenues for a government that desperately ... Continued »

LETTERS

Remember history

My first ancestors were Puritans who came to this country in 1629 as refugees from the Anglican Church of England. Two other branches were Quakers who settled here in the 1600s for the same reason. Another branch was Swiss Mennonites who settled here in the 1600s to escape the religious wars of Europe. Two of my ancestors were Protestants who were burned at the stake by Catholic Queen Mary of England, and their grandchildren settled here in the 1600s. Continued »

Trump embraces banks

He who ran hard and railed loudly against Wall Street banks wasted no time in betraying his promise (and American investors) by signing an executive order for yet another round of Wall Street deregulation. Didn't he refer to Hillary as Wall Street's handmaiden? Crooked Hillary? No smug cackling from Hillary voters, please - it was Slick Willy who bestowed upon Wall Street the same lucrative gift by dismantling the Glass-Steagall Act. The only difference was that Clinton's betrayal earned bipartisan support in Congress. Continued »

Wrong about Obama

Jim Barbieri's recent letter criticizing Obama (again) is a continuation of nonsense. Actually, Obama was one of the better presidents of the last half-century or so. Millions of people have health care, there are more jobs, unemployment was lower, and the economy was better off than under his predecessors. Continued »

Health coverage misunderstood

On PBS Newshour, I heard people explaining why they didn't believe they should have to pay for health insurance when they were healthy. It reminded me of being chair of Spokane Education Association's insurance committee. We had dental care included in our program, but not orthodontic care, and were getting inquires about adding that benefit. We found that we could add it for $7 a month per family. We did a survey of our membership and over 60 percent of our members did not want to add this expense to their budget. They didn't need it; it was not added. Continued »

Teen right to speak out

In response to Shannon Edwards, a 17-year-old from Spokane Valley who feels that her generation's views on politics are ignored: I assure you that you are our country's future and our only hope. I am sorry that many adults believe they should not discuss politics with their children. In a democracy, we presumably value freedom of speech and respect the rights of individuals, yet many adults refuse to heed their own children. Continued »


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