Letters to the Editor


FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017

FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017

March took initiative

Regarding Sue Lani Madsen's Jan. 28 column: We are not in a civil war. Comparing abolition and abortion is blatantly offensive and misinformed. She may not compare the two to prove her point regarding the Spokane Women's March. The march was peaceful, empowering and solution-driven. Women, men, sons and daughters attended. Able-bodied people, and those walking with canes and walkers. One woman pushed in her power chair.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017

Not protecting constituents

We are learning that Trump has a limitless desire for revenge and payback. The person who has his ear is Steve Bannon, purveyor of fake news and an anarchist, who in interviews compares himself to Darth Vader and Satan. Targets? Groups and demographics that didn't vote for Trump.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017

Time to denounce Bannon

Steve Bannon's increasing power has left me with a plea to my Eastern Washington neighbors: ask Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers to denounce him. I am fiscally conservative and completely believe in government accountability, but Bannon's form of conservative values are archaic and deserve to be buried with the relics of American history.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017

Too many walls

China built the Great Wall. The Soviet Union built the Berlin Wall. Now the United States is going to build a wall. Didn't we have a president who once said, "Tear this wall down"?

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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017

THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017

Competition in education

We see all the teachers, who are union members, complaining about Donald Trump's secretary of education nominee, Betsy DeVos, because she supports charter and private schools receiving taxpayer money when student's parents choose to send them to an alternative to the public school system. Then we see all these college students rioting and protesting Trump because their college professors have been indoctrinating them toward the left while in school.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017

'Lab error' demeaning

My heart goes out to the parents of the baby born with acute lymphoblastic leukemia ("Newborn fights to beat leukemia," Jan. 29). I pray for the baby's healing. I volunteer at the Inland NorthWest Blood Center. We will be having a blood drive too at the Coeur d'Alene location.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017

Track congressional votes

I completely agree with John Thielbahr's letter of Jan. 26. The Spokesman-Review needs to do a better job of informing local voters by publishing the votes of our Congressional representatives.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017

Comedy of errors not funny

Whether for or against the refugee and travel ban, in its construction and implementation, it has asimilarity to the 1971 humorous film, "The Gang Who Couldn't Shoot Straight."The difference is that when considering presidential adviser Stephen Bannon or the executive ...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017

Embarrassed by protests

Have any of the protesters who blocked airline passengers or, perhaps, ambulances rushing to heart attack victims, police en-route to a child injured by a runaway driver, firemen rushing to a blazing high-rise or a family wanting to visit the park, thought how much better their time could have been spent had they contacted their local immigrant-refugee agency and volunteered to assist present and future refugee arrivals? They could be gathering furniture/household items, teaching them how to navigate the bus system, enrolling their children comfortably in school, extending a hand of friendship by taking them to a local coffee shop and helping them with conversational English?

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017

Just smoke and mirrors

Let's begin with an old term that seems particularly poignant at this point in time. "Red herring" is a kind of fallacy that is an irrelevant topic in an argument to divert the attention of listeners or readers from the original issue.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017

TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017

Dignified communication

Whew, that was close. America has been spared the horror of Hillary Clinton using her personal email account from the White House. Any true conservative knows electronic communications from the president require the utmost in diplomacy and discretion.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017

Haskell didn't co-author column

I did not co-author the guest column in The Spokesman-Review that was published on Feb. 11 ("Sexual assault victims deserve equal protection"). Neither did I give my permission for my name to be attached to the contents of the letter.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017

Public education valued

In his inaugural address, President Trump complained that Americans suffer with "an education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge."My beautiful young son went to school in the East Valley School ...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017

Reps must find courage

On Jan. 27, International Holocaust Day, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' memorial statement invoked the USA's unique global role: "We remain today what we have always been: the last, best hope for mankind." I am bowled over by the irony of this claim in the context of last week's executive actions.

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