Letter: Is Laird anti-Mother's Day?

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When I read John Laird's May 12 column "Community's embarrassment rooted in voters' inaction," I was disappointed that Laird did not give tribute on Mother's Day to the mothers who go through labor as well as nine months of pregnancy. I am ashamed Laird did not thank mothers who take time out of their lives to raise and nurture children.

I remind Laird that The Columbian's editorial board last year called the local Republican party's sanction of then-Commissioner Marc Boldt a "self-inflicted wound" and that The Columbian published multiple stories in just a few days regarding that issue. But The Columbian published far fewer stories on Washington state Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz wanting to expel Sens. Rodney Tom, D-Medina, and Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, from the party, even with local Democratic party official Nick Ande saying, "We don't assume that all Democrats are going to have exactly the same views, we appreciate that diversity in viewpoint within our party rather than admonishing it."

We also did not need 20-plus Columbian stories within a week about Tom Mielke, David Madore and Don Benton. There are other topics that should had been covered instead.

Jake Smith

Vancouver