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Tea party to blame

In Becky McPherson’s “Obama a bust” July 27 letter, she states, “He has the country divided asunder as no U.S. president.” The country has been divided for more than 20 years and got a lot worse with the insertion of the tea party into our national politics.

Those ultraconservative members of the GOP are radical and unreasonable, taking on a “my-way-or-the-highway” position that is completely unworkable in Washington. They have even divided their own party. Obama is just remaining steady in the face of this hubris.

Lou Baldwin

Sandpoint


 

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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.