Readers respond to an unfair portrayal of Spokane teacher Mandy Manning; plus a letter about guns

Readers respond to a story about Spokane teacher Mandy Manning, who was named the 2018 National Teacher of the Year, inaccurately portrayed as disrespecting President Donald Trump, prompting death threats (5/25/2018):

click to enlarge Mandy Manning - COURTESY OF OSPI
Courtesy of OSPI
Mandy Manning

Karen Madsen Blaine: Class act again, Mandy. I hope and pray all teachers focus on teaching students how to search for truth... It seems many people missed that lesson.

Hope Hochhalter: There are not nearly enough people commenting on this story that are concerned about the fact that there's a company making money off targeted propaganda. Propaganda that's sole purpose is to increase the anger and divisiveness that is currently infecting our country.

Judith De Witt: I'm a supporter of President Trump and I never looked at her that way and I know many others who were pleased that she was honored as teacher.

Lori Wilson: Trump and followers want a war on "fake news." Trump's followers create fake news anyway.

Danielle Petersen: Not everyone who voted for Trump thinks that way, and that guy clearly has some issues. Congrats to Mandy, ignore the jackasses.

Brandon Peterson: There is a whole lot of Trump Derangement Syndrome going on here. Calling half the country deplorable racists is doing nothing but dividing us further. Keep it up, maybe you'll get him for another four years. ♦

Readers respond to a letter to the editor advocating for gun control and criticizing the words of Spokane Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers ("We Don't Want Your Guns" 5/24/2018):

click to enlarge Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Tim McHenry: How do any of you know that smart gun control measures and enhanced background checks won't help? We've never tried it. But we have tried to explain it away with any number of other excuses to now include banning doors. How's that working so far?

Vicki Forslund Bordieri: All industrialized countries have video games, movies and mental illness. What they don't have is mass shootings on a weekly basis. Humans deserve more protection than guns.

Steve Dunn: No one needs military style weapons. Period. ♦

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