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War wasn’t worth it

Our chickens have once again come home to roost; this time in Iraq and Syria. Our expenditure of $1 trillion and the killing of hundreds of thousands in order to eliminate nonexistent “weapons of mass destruction” have brought us a more dangerous world than ever existed before 9/11, which was also a product of our foreign policy.

The beneficiaries? Well-connected arms and oil companies for sure. The rest of us – especially our veterans – meekly pay and pay. But as long as there are well-connected beneficiaries, our government will not hesitate to initiate more brilliant imperial adventures such as the recent overthrow of the duly elected government of the Ukraine.

Michael Poulin

Spokane


 

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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.