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President Trump has three problems with being able to live up to his campaign promises: 1) DACA; 2) our crumbling infrastructure; 3) media focus on his frankness. Spokane has three problems too: 1) potholes; 2) the lack of attention to the construction Highway 395 - the fabled North-South Freeway - to Canada or California; 3) the lack of jobs in construction for those who are able bodied and/or in college.
Regarding Lori Taylor's Dec. 10 letter ("What do Democrats want"):
I am an 89-year-old retired Spokane schooteacher, a Democrat loyal to everything our country represents in its past and, hopefully, eventually in its future. Rachel Maddow's program on Wednesday night left me in tears. She showed us how money and the grasp for power seems to have corrupted many people at the top level of our national government. I am still having trouble controlling my tears. All who love America need to come together perhaps in silent prayer to help bring back our hope and trust.
This letter is a short tribute to my dear friend, Spokane native Capt. Paul Ashley. Paul passed away on Sept. 6 after a quarter-century battle with heart disease. I met Paul in 1994 in the USAF, and we became lifelong friends. Paul was an outstanding officer, leader, patriot, and the epitome of a father and grandfather. Everything he ever did was first-class, humble, and honorable.
A Sept. 11 letter (DACA falsehoods) criticized a national news service's (NPR) website for misuse of the word "law" in reference to President Obama's executive order regarding DACA. The author's premise was that an executive order isn't a law as described in our Constitution.
In response to the Sept. 8 article, "Whitman instructor threatens lawsuit against McMorris Rodgers over response to Facebook posts":
In 1991, Congress unanimously passed a law acknowledging herbicides sprayed over the Vietnamese countryside caused major health problems for all veterans of that war.
Disclaimer: I have a chemistry doctorate and computer science master's.
I have to agree with the last two paragraph's of Mr. Dixon's Sept. 8 letter, "Services attract homeless."
Steve Bannon is threatening GOP politicians for thwarting the president's agenda. One must be 100 percent loyal to the president (gee, sounds like some banana republic pronouncement). Shouldn't loyalty to and concern for the welfare of the nation take precedence over taking a knee to any president? Bannon also accuses these same politicians of trying thereby to nullify the election and thwart the will of the people.
Here's a bit of history and some current news for you The U.S. Post Office, now the U.S. Postal Service, was created by the Second Continental Congress on July 26, 1775. It is an independent agency of the United States federal government. It also was federally funded until 1971. Since then, Congress has tried, and in some cases, succeeded in using the USPS as a cash cow to fund various government projects.
I am a small-town newspaper reporter in Northern California, but I was raised in Spokane Valley. I was stunned by the news of the shooting at Freeman High School. I often competed against the high school as a U-High student and athlete.
As Mark Twain quipped, it's not what you don't know that gets you into trouble, it's what you know that just ain't so. A claim made at the recent sea lion exhibition in Spokane is a case in point. Organizer Jenifer Zeligs claimed that garbage in the Pacific Ocean "is twice the size of Texas and the floating trash is 9 feet deep." This claim has been repeatedly discredited.
As a mother whose son was shot and killed by his neighbor three years ago, I'm compelled to speak of the tragedy at Freeman High School, and offer the hope that I found in the midst of my horrific experience by quoting Billy Graham as he spoke to a traumatized community and grieving families after the Oklahoma City bombing.
In her defense of laissez-faire governing, Sue Lani Madsen suggests Houston's lack of zoning laws had nothing to do with the recent massive flooding. Technically correct. But she fails to acknowledge that appropriate zoning laws would have reduced the amount of damage caused by that flooding.
I eagerly read the Nicholas Deshais article (Aug 29) and Jessie Norris' the letter to the editor (Sept. 8). Both argue that inadequate zoning has made the flooding damage worse in East Texas. We all want safer housing and development, but I have questions about housing 4 million people on or near a flood plain.
Sharon Condrey's Sept. 9 letter regarding pay for school secretaries was on point describing duties of the first person you see when you enter a school building. I worked closely with many Spokane District 81 secretaries for 17 years, always in awe of the order they brought to the students, staff and public. The modernization of the job to include excellent computer skills, working closely with administrator, welcoming frustrated or upset parents ... the list goes on.
Steve Massey's latest column (Sept. 9) is a piece of masterful writing. He has again conveyed absolute truth unflinchingly and uncompromisingly, yet consistent with his style, in a spirit and tone of gentleness and compassion.
Shots ring out in a school, children are injured, one deceased. Witnesses and journalists exclaim, "Why did this happen?" Why did this happen in Columbine, Moses Lake, etc.?
Rachel Alexander, in her Sept. 6 ("DACA enrollees feel exposed, betrayed"), reports how "Mary, now 31, works as a para-educator in a small school district in Spokane County where most of her co-workers have no idea she was brought to the U. S. "illegally as a child".