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Financing education is smart

Bill Millovitsch (June 6) and Thomas P. Hanley (May 22) seem to think that nothing in the U.S. Constitution permits the use of federal funds “to support citizens’ educational pursuits.” On the contrary, Article I, Section 8 expressly gives Congress the power to collect taxes and other revenues to provide for the general welfare of the United States.

Many would argue that an educated citizenry does more for the general welfare than do farm subsidies that artificially lower the cost of high-fructose corn syrup for our soft drinks.

Roy Johnson



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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.