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Appreciate good reporting

The Sept. 6 edition offers a fine example of what a newspaper is supposed to do – inform and educate.

The Spokesman did a good job reporting on Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the Trump administration is terminating the DACA program. Chad Sokol and Rachel Alexander wrote the front page article, and on the Business page Dina Bass of Bloomberg news wrote a fine article about the impact of this action on corporations. Alexander wrote another well-researched article about how this action left the dreamers exposed and betrayed, while Jim Camden and Betsy Russell reported on how our local representatives responded to this action.

The Northwest section has a thoughtful column by Shawn Vestal, which called on the 5th District representative to “stake a position on the right side of the bright line that runs between the president and human decency.”

All this good reporting could help a person come to the “best available version of the truth” if they would avoid the screeds and screaming on cable news and pay attention. This is a citizen’s duty. And as Heather Heyer posted on Facebook, “If you are not outraged, you are not paying attention.”

Bob Johnston



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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.