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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28, 2018


E Faye Williams: Internet neutrality needs real protection

When the Federal Communications Commission repealed President Obama’s net neutrality rules last year, it launched a movement. Around the country, there is a rising tide calling for permanent new rules to keep the internet open and free. No company should be permitted to interfere with our internet experience by blocking or prioritizing traffic or discriminating against anyone’s ability to participate online. In a digital world, net neutrality is a civil rights imperative – the only way to be sure that all citizens have a full and equal chance to be heard in the new public square.

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"Health care advocates"

Two recent Spokesman-Review articles by Betsy Russell (March 21 and March 16) start their stories with "Health care advocates rallied in the state Capitol today ..." and "Health care advocates are decrying the House's move ..."

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Michael Gerson: Trump leaves vacuum of integrity at the heart of our government

Some who watched the Stormy Daniels interview on “60 Minutes” claimed it contained nothing new. On national television, an adult performer alleged that Donald Trump engaged in an extramarital fling, that his minions legally and physically threatened her to discourage public disclosure of the affair, and that Trump’s fixer paid her $130,000 in hush money to secure her silence immediately before the 2016 election. People should just go back to their knitting. Nothing to see here. Americans who find this unremarkable have missed an extraordinary cultural moment. Daniels’ allegations are denied by the president. Yet who in their right mind would trust Trump’s word over hers? In this case, the porn star has more credibility than the president of the United States. It is not even close.

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New look on the upcoming generation

"Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food and tyrannize their teachers." So said Socrates circa 350 B.C. People have been critical of the upcoming generation forever but one cannot help but look at the present generation with admiration.

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Steven Bradshaw for commissioner

We have known Steven Bradshaw and his wife, Cindy, for 13 years and have been able to call on them many times for help or advice. Steven has always been attentive to our community. He cares deeply about supporting it, as well as our state and our nation.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2018

Advertising and politics

Sales ads for products originate from ad campaigns developed by ad firms. We are fully immersed in the culture of advertising all our lives, and even more so today with online activity and the popularity of hand-held devices.

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Banning 'Live PD' is censorship

The City Council president wants to ban a TV show because it might ridicule a few miscreants, drunks and other lawbreakers. Requiring prior written permission before airing from criminals, mentally deficient persons and other malefactors is tantamount to censorship and reminiscent of the regimes in Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia.

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Brown's real world experience

Joseph Machala, in a letter published on March 14 ("Brown's past with police and fire"), calls out Lisa Brown as a "career politician," and apparently thinks that label is reason enough to disqualify candidate Brown for consideration to replace Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

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Donald E. Graham: Don’t regulate Facebook

The problems at Facebook and others, real and perceived, at Google, Amazon and Apple have led to an easy consensus: The large technology companies should be regulated. When Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., call for the same thing, it is possible that even in Washington – The City Where Nothing Happens – Congress will decide that technology companies must be regulated. Such an outcome would be a bad mistake – bad for the companies, of course, but also bad for us, their users, and bad for the country.

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Gabriel Ste-Marie, MP: Tariffs are a terrible idea, both for you and us

Your government has announced tariffs of 25 percent and 10 percent on steel and aluminum imports, respectively. Canada has been exempted from those tariffs, but only on a temporary basis, making long-term prices unpredictable and thus disrupting supply chains. This is a terrible idea, both for you and for us. I am the Member of Canada’s Parliament for Joliette, Quebec. With a land mass roughly one-third the size of mainland United States, Quebec has some of the world’s largest water resources, with 3.5 million lakes and rivers for a population of 8 million. Since aluminum production requires enormous amounts of electricity, our vast hydroelectric resources have always allowed us to supply U.S. manufacturers.

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