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Extremists sully U.S. flag

Why do most right-wing extremists rail against the federal government with conspiracy theories and claim over-reaching authority while standing beside or behind the American flag? They’ll also vigorously defend state rights over federal rights.

The last time I checked, the American flag is America, and represents the U.S. government. As a veteran, I took an oath to defend the Constitution of the United States of America (a federal government document) against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

If you’re going to bad-mouth and complain about the U.S. government, you’re essentially doing the same to America and its symbol, the flag.

Leave it home, don’t display it, scrape it off your car bumper or rear window of your vehicle, or shut up.

Shawn Larsen

Post Falls


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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.