Archive for August, 2014

McMorris on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

(Letter-to-the-Editor) Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ canned Email response to my concerns about the current Israeli-Palestinian armed conflict reflects her alarming lack of understanding of the bases of the conflict and a callous attitude toward the sanctity of human life.

Her assertion twice that the Palestinian rocket attacks are “unprovoked” indicates a fundamental ignorance of the strangled economy and dire poverty inflicted on Gaza Strip Palestinians by the Israeli (and Egyptian) blockade.  And McMorris’s refusal to mention the over 2100 Palestinians killed, at least half innocent civilians and children, compared with the much fewer 67 Israeli deaths, all but 4 in combat, shows an alarming lack of respect for human life.

Any supposed political leader such as McMorris Rodgers should be well-informed and should educate the populace on the conflict rather than simply parrot the one-sided party line of the rich Israeli lobby.

Joe Pakootas’ background allows him a much deeper, more informed, balanced, and humanitarian understanding of the conflict.  As the world’s most enduring and complex conflict, its resolution would ease innumerable strained international relations, particularly involving the US.  But a deep understanding of the conflict is necessary for any hope of resolution.

(Please see here for another letter to the editor from the author about the Representative)

Norm Luther
Spokane, WA 99223

We expect you to work!

We elect people to the House of Representatives believing they will work hard to represent us. Surprise! Members of the House of Representatives, who are paid $174,000 a year, just revealed their July to December work schedule. They have decided to work a total of 43 days from July to December. July they worked 16 days; in August they won’t work at all; September they will work 10, October the first two days; seven days in November and eight in December.

Let’s be optimistic and assume they will use those 43 days to really get some work done for the American people. Seems that won’t be happening either, as they have absolutely no policy proposals on their agenda. So what will they do with their 43 days? Their agenda says they are going to work on suing the President of the United States for not doing his job.

The House of Representatives richly deserve their “do-nothing, party of no” title.  Right now we have the chance to vote them out of office and replace them with working, caring representatives of the people. Get to know who will really represent you, then vote.


Patricia Bates

Clarkston, WA