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I have read several letters criticizing Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for just spouting the party line. She takes the insipid prize, however, for her primary television ads in which an old man is shown slumped in a wheelchair while McMorris Rodgers assures us she will fight against a “federal takeover of health care.”

Have all of her senior supporters opted out of Medicare to show their allegiance? Or do none of them, McMorris Rodgers included, know that Medicare is federal?

Janet Callen

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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.