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Weekend editorials: Medicare, poll voting, R-71 and marijuana

Post by Kim Bradford on Sep. 4, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
September 4, 2009 3:35 pm

Here’s what we’ve got coming for the long weekend:

• Reforming Medicare, which now rewards volume and political clout, is key to getting a handle on the staggering growth of health care costs.

• Poll voting’s time is up. Pierce County has gone to heroic measures to keep tradition alive, but the once-proud civic custom is but a shadow of its former self – and an expensive one at that.

• Controversial as R-71 is, this isn’t the time for a court to be changing the ground rules for gathering petition signatures.

• Accept the contorted legal argument for marijuana dispensaries in Spokane, and Washington takes a long step toward the wide-open drug-trafficking now rampant in California.

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