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Webster’s oped was unfair

Three days before our national election your decision to publish John Webster’s 600-word bitter and fact-less opinion piece (Nov. 3) concerning his hatred for the Republican Party lays low any claim your editorial board can make to endorsing truth and/or objectivity.

The Republican Party led by Illinois Sen. Everett Dirksen is the reason that the 1964 Civil Rights Act became law. Republicans worked hard to override efforts by segregationist Democrats led by Sens. Robert Byrd, John Stennis and J. William Fulbright to prevent all minorities the protections and benefits the act offered them.

His opinions and vile racial innuendos concerning the Republican opposition to President Barack Obama’s fiscal policies fail to mention the parabolic rise in the national debt the president has encouraged and overseen.

He’s right, most Republicans won’t support these destructive policies. Also, there is a difference between immigrants and aliens, and the common-sense legal approach that is needed to solve this issue.

Shame on The Spokesman-Review. At least next time offer equal time and space to a factual opinion piece in the same issue.

Ed Walther



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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.