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Letters to the Editor

TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018

Council monkey business

What is going on with the Spokane Valley City Council?At a council meeting the evening of July 3, out of the blue, Mayor Rod Higgins made a motion to remove Councilman Ben Wick from two committees for which he was ...

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Criminals and gun laws

Shawn Vestal's July 8 article, "Chicago a poor rejoinder on guns," was an amazing support of the Second Amendment. Shawn painstakingly traced the "straw man" purchases of guns in Idaho to their illegitimate, violent use in the Chicago area. He aptly pointed out that every step of the journey was illegal.

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Not about affordable groceries

Why would Coca Cola, Pepsi and Red Bull contribute a combined nearly $3,000,000 to fund deceptive ads in support of Initiative 1634? Hint: it's not about "affordable groceries." It's not even about affordable sugary drinks.

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Trump caves to Putin

I was floored after watching Trump cave in to Putin.Trump said of Putin: "He just said it's not Russia. I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be."Why can he not believe our (the U.S. of ...

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MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018

Assembly workers expectations

I am an industrial engineer who worked manufacturing at a Ford Assembly Plant, John Deere and Link Belt. One of our tasks was to time-study workers doing repetitive tasks - similar to pulling stock in an Amazon warehouse. Towards the end of a particular task, we would "normalize" the time by estimating whether that studied worker was working somewhere between 80 and 120 percent. 100 percent was what an average worker working an 8-hour shift could produce in an average day. 100 percent is actually a fairly leisurely pace but does require one to keep moving in an efficient manner. Administratively, there was time allowed for breaks, lunch and delays like "waiting for materials." These production times were then applied to assembly lines and piece work.

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No on I-1634

Initiative 1634 has my "no" vote. I was saddened by the Guest Opinion ("Protect farmers, groceries with I-1634," Barbara Richardson and Sonja Halverson) on Wednesday, July 4, 2018, as it was misleading and predictable.

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SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018

Brown needs more campaigning

Thousands of people attended the annual Johnson parade in Whitman county on the Fourth. Also there were lots of politicians and candidates walking and riding, from both sides of the state line.

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Expand your sources

Three letters to the editor published July 6 displayed examples of the leftist thought processes.The first letter said that all threats and violence against Trump administration officials were exclusively the fault of Donald Trump. Basically she says, "they deserved it." ...

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Expect city council transparency

Last Tuesday night four members of the Spokane Valley City Council colluded to remove Ben Wick from the Regional Transportation Council where he has served the city with distinction since his appointment last fall.

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Honoring a hero

On July 9, I was flying home from Indianapolis through a connection from Minneapolis to Spokane. As I boarded the aircraft, I noticed one police officer standing in attention towards the cargo. My heart grew heavy. The pilot shared that the plane was carrying the remains of a fallen soldier back home to Spokane. It was a somber moment to hear this announcement.

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Hydro One and capitalism

I have been reading about the proposed acquisition of Avista by Canada's Hydro One for a long time now, and Becky Kramer's article in the June 28 paper ("Customers speak out against Avista sale") is the first to present the case against it in any significant way. Until now, most of the articles I've read came across as news releases by Hydro One, crafted to astroturf Avista customers into believing there was nothing to worry about and that the deal was as good as done anyway.

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Proud to be a liberal

I had the displeasure of seeing a Cathy McMorris Rodgers TV ad last night. Spoiler alert: Her message was rife with dishonest assertions.Despite her smile and pleasant demeanor, she is clearly no friend to the people of Eastern Washington whom ...

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Still need a wall

Concerning Rick Johnson's letter, "Once a shining light" (July 1, 2018), and the mistreatment of illegal children and adults into this country, we should be more concerned about what Jesus would think about all of the millions of babies that have been murdered in this country since the enactment of Roe v. Wade. The Bible says in Psalm 139:13-16 that God knew us before we were conceived, while many doctors and Planned Parenthood try to make you think they are just a blob of tissue. We have seen the embryos in the early stages of life as they mature into beautiful, little, live babies inside the womb.

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Won't resort to conflict

Regarding the article "Civility isn't always right path to take" by Shawn Vestal, July 4.No, Mr. Vestal, I will not. I will not resort to conflict even if I know my deeply held moral beliefs are not shared by others. ...

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Abortion is medical, not political

The column "Changing abortion law won't end demand" (Gary Abernathy, July 10, 2018) requires more thought. Abortion was never a political issue until it was co-opted by religious activists. God is the chief abortionist who has caused trillions of miscarriages through his will. Why isn't God attacked for his abortions? How can faith voters vote for candidates that worship a god that is so cruel to the unborn?

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A favorite All-Star game memory

I had heard my older brother laugh harder. But not many times. We were watching the 1968 baseball All-Star game on TV. It was being played in Houston's Astrodome. At ...

Why we enjoyed Airstream

In our quest to find the perfect recreational vehicle for a yearlong road trip, we tried out a sexy contender from Airstream, the most recognizable name in travel trailers. The ...