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Sue Lani Madsen: Single-party domination of Legislature denies good ideas a hearing

UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2023

In a single party-dominated Legislature, the future of any bill is often predictable along partisan lines. The majority party controls access. It’s an easy excuse to just say there’s not enough time, or the issue is too controversial, or it won’t have enough votes to pass so why bother. Sometimes the majority just doesn’t want to talk about controversial issues challenging their version of the world. Good bills sponsored by the minority party are often denied even the courtesy of a hearing.
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Sue Lani Madsen: Libraries are supposed to challenge us

Forget battling over book banning, focus on book adoption. The American system of government by the people needs public libraries filled with useful, entertaining and sometimes challenging or uncomfortable ideas. But which books belong in a particular library serving a particular community, and who decides?
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Sue Lani Madsen: HB 1333 and the Church of Wokeism

In a classic 1969 Monty Python sketch, a young Michael Palin bursts in on a proper British couple to announce, “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!” If HB 1333 makes it to Gov. Jay Inslee’s desk, don’t be surprised to find Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s inquisitors knocking at your door.
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Faith and Values: Carla Peperzak sacrifices her comfort so that others may learn of the horrors of the Holocaust

A Holocaust survivor herself, Carla’s desire that we “never forget” is bone-deep. She and her immediate family were spared, but two-thirds of her family were victims of the Nazi campaign of Jewish extermination. At 19 years old, Carla joined the Dutch Resistance and saved many Jews while helping to disrupt the Nazi presence in the Netherlands.

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