To the editor -- Recent revelations from intelligence agencies have shown that foreign governments like Russia and Iran and China have utilized the profit models of social media companies to spread destabilizing misinformation across the U.S., not discriminating between which ideology they amplify.

To the editor -- From its structure and content, I infer that your Jan. 14 front-page story about Yakima Valley hospitals being strained by staffing shortages and rising hospitalizations was generated by a news conference held by Dr. Marty Brueggemann, chief medical officer at Memorial Hospital.

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