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Recent protests show need for more government collective bargaining transparency
By JASON MERCIER  | 
Jul 7, 2020

We need look no further than the recent protests across the country to understand the importance that government transparency, or the lack of it, has on building public trust. This is especially true when it comes to the decisions being made in various government employee contracts for those in a position of public trust, like teachers and police. When these decisions are made behind closed doors and the contracts subsequently undermine common-sense proposals for accountability, frustration and mistrust in our important institutions grow.

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Latest claim about Snake River temperatures fails basic fact check
By TODD MYERS  | 
Jul 7, 2020

Activists promoting the destruction of the four Lower Snake River dams are increasingly turning their attention to river temperatures as their latest claim in attacking the dams. In trying to make that case, they are turning to a shaky claim that was repeated last week in The Seattle Times.

The authors of an op-ed calling for destruction of the dams claimed that “in 2015, hot water killed 250,000 adult sockeye salmon in the Columbia and Snake rivers.” This is not the first time I’ve seen that claim and the cited source is another op-ed in the Seattle Times, this one from 2015.

A look at the original source is a good example of how reckless dam opponents are with their claims.

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Medicare for All is not the answer for the COVID-19 pandemic
By ROGER STARK  | 
Jul 7, 2020

As the COVID-19 viral pandemic rages across the world, the political left in the United States wants to use this health crisis as a reason to transform our health care into a government-run, single-payer system. As Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s Chief of Staff said at the time of the 2008 economic turmoil, a crisis should not be politically wasted.

Canada is the poster-child for a single-payer system. Researchers at the University of Toronto estimate that 35 percent to 70 percent of the country could ultimately be infected with the COVID-19 virus. Canadian doctors are complaining that they don’t have the resources to treat the potential number of sick patients.

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