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Cartoon misses target

The Lisa Benson editorial cartoon of Feb. 10 is typical of her habitual intellectual and political dishonesty. Noncitizen residents of the United States, whether documented or undocumented, are not eligible to vote; and there is no credible evidence that any significant number of them have done so fraudulently, or even attempted to do so.

As for gaming the system, it is Republican state legislatures and governors all across the country who are trying to rig election laws and procedures to favor their own party.

Gary W. Smith

Spokane Valley


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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.