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FRIDAY, NOV. 17, 2017

Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

Elk hunting in Idaho

Those of you who enjoy hunting elk in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest near the Magee and Tepee Creek roadless areas should know Coeur d'Alene district ranger Dan Scaife will be making changes that might affect your hunting. As part of the proposed Potter's Wheel timber sale, he plans to amend his forest plan that allows him to eliminate elk habitat security areas by logging more large trees than is allowed by his forest plan. He is currently accepting comments. Please call Ranger Scaife at (208) 664-2318 to request a copy of the scoping letter that describes the timber sale in more detail.

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Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

'Fear and Loathing, Part II'

One of my major disappointments in these troubling times is that Dr. Hunter S. Thompson is not alive to chronicle today's fear and loathing. Even he would be aghast at the wretched excess emanating from Washington, D.C., these days.

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Fri., Nov. 17, 2017

What about Clinton, Obama?

This is regarding David Vogel's Nov. 7 letter, "Hoping for Resignation."Mr. Vogel looks forward to Trump's final wave while leaving the White House just like Richard Nixon's wave.What Nixon and his administration did is child's play compared to the unfolding ...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 16, 2017

Thu., Nov. 16, 2017

Availability is the issue

Quoting President Trump, this Texas church massacre, "isn't a guns situation, it is a mental health problem."What an idiotic strategy. These mass murderers typically use semi-automatic assault rifles with thirty round magazines. Mass murderers aren't using single-shot .22 caliber rifles ...

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Thu., Nov. 16, 2017

Be wary of tax bill

Imagine my surprise when our Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers stated on Nov. 2 "The 700 Club" broadcast that our tax code has more words than the Bible but none of the good words. But that does not top the key point she stated: "This federal tax bill has to pass, don't worry about the details." Really? The details make the bill, not the good intentions title, which she has obviously swallowed. With that reasoning the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau can be gutted because people that are defrauded by financial institutions are just stupid, like the Wells Fargo clients. Really?

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Thu., Nov. 16, 2017

Calculating the tax changes

Thrilled by Trump's assurance that I was going to get a "giant tax cut" for Christmas, I decided to check out that promise. I am a single senior citizen living on a fairly fixed income. I've long since not been able to itemize deductions.

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Thu., Nov. 16, 2017

GOP needs to save CHIP

Congressional inaction has resulted in failure to fund the Children's Health Insurance Program. CHIP has made healthy childhoods possible for millions of American children, and this is vital for our future.

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Thu., Nov. 16, 2017

Hanford support

Thanks to constant Hanford news covered by this newspaper, Downwinders in the Pacific Northwest can track the slow and inept attempt to clean up nuclear waste in our own backyard. Patricia Hoover's article highlighting the dragging of feet in Washington, D.C., that has affected all of us regarding Hanford site cleanup was excellent.

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15, 2017

Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

Election wins encouraging

Congratulations to Breean Beggs, Candace Mumm and Kate Burke for their election victories in Tuesday's City Council elections.This election shows that Spokane voters support a moderately progressive council that upholds workers' rights, combats problems of poverty and mental illness, seeks ...

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Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

Silicon smelter a bad fit

Regarding the silicon smelter planned for Newport: Who in their right mind would consider, promote or ignore siting of a smelter on top of two rural communities, which includes schools, hundreds of rural residents and a major river system. Local government's approach seems be to pass the responsibility to other agencies, boards and councils so they will not have any blame when things go wrong

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Wed., Nov. 15, 2017

Stand and salute

Do we as citizens understand what our flag and anthem represent? Lincoln distinguished our nation from all other nations in that this nation draws its powers from the people not from the government ("that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.")

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TUESDAY, NOV. 14, 2017

Tue., Nov. 14, 2017

ACA enrollment help

Trump has cut advertising and shortened the enrollment period for Obamacare (ACA). Enrollment began Nov. 1; reports that claim the law has been repealed are blatantly false.Here are four things to know about the new sign-up period: The enrollment period ...

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Tue., Nov. 14, 2017

Strange theory on opioids

The Oct. 28 column of Sue Lani Madsen was a real head-scratcher for me. Her opinion that the trend to shorter hospital stays is a main cause of the plague of opioid abuse is not supported by the facts. As a local doctor of emergency medicine, I beg to differ.

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MONDAY, NOV. 13, 2017

Mon., Nov. 13, 2017

Get on with Monroe project

Those who oppose the North Monroe improvement plan seem to have the odd view that the purpose of a neighborhood is to provide a high-speed passageway for people to get somewhere else. Actually, the purpose of a neighborhood is to provide a safe, beautiful and nurturing place for the people who live and work there. Spokane's north-central neighborhoods have no obligation to serve those who feel they must live farther out of town.

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Mon., Nov. 13, 2017

Stop tearing down Trump

When I opened the Nov. 5 newspaper, I was very disappointed to find no mention of President Trump and his wife landing in Japan and speaking to the military at Yokota Air Base. I heard his speech on TV Saturday night and was impressed with his respect and thankfulness for our military men and women and his love of our country. It was a moving speech and well-received by the large crowd there.

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