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SUNDAY, FEB. 25, 2018

School walkouts

Instead of not attending school classes for a day, why not write a letter to your legislators against automatic rifles? It could be a little more productive.

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Take Scalia's words

Justice Scalia became the darling of the NRA in 2008 when he wrote the majority opinion in DC v. Heller, which established an individual right to gun ownership, although few judicial precedents supported that opinion.

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Understanding the future

It's 2018 and we have technology to launch cars into space, find long-lost relatives with a small tube of spit, and take HIV out of a patient, but for some reason our social problems are getting worse.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 24, 2018

Joe Scarborough: Today’s evangelicals could learn a lot from Billy Graham

It is hard to overstate Billy Graham’s impact on American culture and the spread of Christianity across the globe. Graham, who died Wednesday at 99, preached the gospel of Christ to more souls than any other person since Jesus of Nazareth himself walked the Earth. Hundreds of millions listened to his sermons on the radio, or on television, or by streaming into coliseums, football stadiums and country churches. Whichever it was, they heard the Southern Baptist preacher deliver a simple message of faith, redemption and forgiveness.

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Robert K. Maudlin: Teaching health center program good for doctors, patients

Recognizing the population of Washington state is growing and aging, access to health care is an increasing problem, especially at a time when our physician workforce is aging. The mean age for family physicians is 52 years, for internal medicine physicians 49, for pediatricians 50 and psychiatrists over 55 years old. In Washington state, this is complicated by a maldistribution problem between Western Washington and Eastern Washington among general internists (26 per 100,000 population in Western Washington versus 19 in Eastern Washington), general pediatricians (14 versus 10) and psychiatrists (11 versus 5).

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FRIDAY, FEB. 23, 2018

Rowland Thompson, right, executive director of Allied Daily Newspapers of Washington, testifies during a joint work session of the Senate and House State Government Committees, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The session was held to discuss a bill filed Wednesday by lawmakers who want to circumvent a recent court ruling finding them fully subject to the state's public disclosure laws. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

Editorial: Washington state lawmakers scramble to keep public in the dark

State lawmakers want to create a legislative loophole in Washington’s Public Records Act. While it’s nice to see Democrats and Republicans working together for once, it’s just too bad that their agreement is that the public is the enemy. As The Spokesman-Review’s Olympia reporter Jim Camden explained Feb. 22, lawmakers could vote on a bill today responding to a court order that the people of Washington are entitled to review legislative records.

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National parade

Trump wants a national military parade. That's fine. However, we should be watchful that he doesn't require the troops to do rapid goose-stepping, or even suggest it.

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Response to "Politics and Religion"

Tim Beamer ("Politics and religion," Feb. 5) is one of the growing number of materialistic scoffers who see religion as nothing more than an emotional crutch for unlearned people. He is apparently unaware that many of the great scientists of the past (and present) were devout believers in Christ. Einstein once said "It is impossible to study the Universe and not see God behind it."

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Short-sighted votes

Let me see if I have this right: On January 31st, Sen. Short was one of four votes against SB 5912 – which covers three-dimensional mammography, one of 22 votes against SB 6219 – which concerns health plan coverage of reproductive health care, and one of 6 votes against HB 1508 – which promotes student health and readiness through meal and nutrition programs.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 22, 2018

Blocking legislation by majority

Cathy McMorris Rodgers wants the U.S. Senate to change the filibuster rule so a minority can't block legislation. She says "This is not about politics. This is about Congress doing its job."

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Throwing shade

The possible change to increase 100-foot height limits on buildings across from Riverfront Park currently under consideration by the city is indicative of an old-fashioned mindset about urban development that needs to be changed. No one since Dorothy and Toto is going to visit any city anywhere in order to experience the "spark" of tall buildings and the deep shade cast by them.

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The week that was…

On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, there’s a report on legislative leaders’ comments last week on gun violence; the big rally at the state Capitol in which nearly ...

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