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Complaining isn’t solving

I found the recent editorial by Dr. Roger Stark interesting and, unfortunately, entirely predictable. He spent the entire time pointing out the deficiencies of the Affordable Care Act. Even those who support it admit that there are problems with the law. He concludes by saying “everyone agrees our health care system needs reform.” And yet he, like all of those throwing stones at Obamacare, offers not a single suggestion as to how we should reform our broken system.

There are ways to fix it that can appeal to conservatives as well as liberals, if we can all agree that fixing it is something we really want to do. It is time to stop tearing down what we have, and start building what we need.

Daniel Schaffer, M.D.



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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.