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TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, 2018

Democracy in action

It's exciting to see young people from both parties registering others to vote and supporting candidates.The young people I volunteer with in results ( to end hunger and poverty, are hardworking, asking good questions of candidates and not afraid to ...

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New 911 center has no benefit

This is response to Rebecca White's article ("Pushback over hire of new 911 director," Aug. 30, 2018) on hiring a new 911 director. I am one of the people quoted in the article. I would like to add a few things about consolidating emergency dispatch in Spokane County.

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The mayor's veto

How sad to read that Spokane's mayor is out of step on the city's commitment to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030; a commitment by the City Council, supported by a huge array of citizens' groups and businesses — including Avista, no less.

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MONDAY, SEPT. 24, 2018

Headed the right way

In reading numerous letters to the editors, I find few if any that exhorts how wonderful our economy has become since President Trump became president.Today's Spokesman-Review says factories growth remains strong, up 0.4 percent for August and 4.9 percent over ...

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Monroe Street a mess

I hope the "brilliant" traffic engineers who screwed up Monroe Street HAVE to drive on it now. Long trains behind the guy going 25! Not to mention the trucks and buses blocking the one lane! Guess I'll stick to Post and Ash/Maple.

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Stupid is as stupid does

Here it is. Finally, words that truly express the mindset of those who chose to ignore the many warnings of the oncoming hurricane Florence. You can't fix stupid!Storm surges – the bulge of ocean water pushed ashore by the hurricane ...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 23, 2018

Are the wolves winning?

In our local newspaper, "The Statesman Examiner" on August 20 there appeared a banner headline on page one which was "Judge blocks lethal force against Togo wolf pack."Is the solution to kill all the wolves? No, no, no. Never, never, ...

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Burke focused on what's important

Councilhuman Kate Burke is to be commended for her bold and courageous stand in favor of public profanity ("Misogyny isn't good taste," Sept. 8, 2018). This is an issue that has been ignored for too long. Thank you, Kate, for continuing to focus on the issues that are so important to Spokane taxpayers.

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Choices for gun owners

Millions of dollars are coming from out of state through Mayor Bloomberg's Safe Schools Safe Communities gun ban group. Gun owners are going to lose their Second Amendment rights through initiatives not ever going through Congress.

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Contrast between Lisa and Cathy

I met Lisa Brown in 1981 when she came to Spokane to teach economics at Eastern Washington University. We became friends in activism for peace and human rights.Later, I was a community organizer for a nonprofit dealing with legislative issues ...

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Definition of 'liberal'

I had to laugh at the letter submitted by Valerie Derks ("'Liberal' is a lovely word," Sept. 6).If the definition of a liberal was simply being tolerant of other people's views I'd be all for it, but that's hardly the ...

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Fair enthusiasm contagious

There is another reason our county fair had the best turnout in years: the local newspaper was a big booster! Spokesman-Review Editor Rob Curley conveyed his anticipation for the fair in an early story. I caught his enthusiasm. Then, reporters covering the fair, wrote upbeat stories, with fun photos. I would have liked even more photos! More farm animals! More kids!

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Hammond best for LD13

We have important choices to make in Legislative District 13. I compare the candidates for position #2.Recently I ventured to our state capital for my first visit to our legislators, calling ahead for appointments. My issues of concern were/are drought, ...

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Judge Szambelan cares

While there is much needed to assist this country's beleaguered criminal justice system, it seems that local judges have worked diligently to create positive changes, such as Community Court which is not held in the "castle," but rather those judges who worked on making that project happen, including Judge Szambelan (when on the Municipal Court), hold that court in places such as the downtown public library and Northeast Community Center.

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Respect for the sheep

The photo of a child on the back of a sheep is disturbing and shows lack of respect for the animal. I know many readers will say, "Are you serious?" That poor sheep doesn't know the difference between a child and a wolf who may be trying to maul and eat it.

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Bird is the word

If you had been standing in our kitchen this morning and looked out the south-facing windows, you might have seen a large hawk perched atop a tall grape stake fence. ...