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Parasite of citizen?

Fri., Dec. 15, 2017

Our nation's Republican leaders no longer serve our country's citizens. They have proven that their fiscal responsibility is in service of the rich and corporations. Our national body has tested positive for an epidemic case of parasites.

Tax bill a give-away

Fri., Dec. 15, 2017

If corporations are people, they should pay the same tax rates as people. The Republican tax bill is clearly a give-away of the people's money to corporations and captains of finance who are collectively ubermensch while the rest of us are untermensch or masters and slaves! For Trump voters and those too lazy to vote, this is your great reward! The devil has a slippery shoe if you look now he's slipped it on you!

Tax bill a sham

Fri., Dec. 15, 2017

The GOP tax bill is a shameless money grab for the last people in this country who need extra help: big corporations and the super wealthy.

Dems held accountable

Thu., Dec. 14, 2017

The recent unveiling of sexual transgressions by male politicians has reminded me why I do not vote GOP as a rule. I did vote for John Anderson in 1980, a Republican who ran as an independent. What stands out to me is that the Democrats are holding their offending members accountable, while Republicans are loyal to and supportive of their offenders. Loyalty is admirable when warranted. But in this case, as in many others, most Republicans put loyalty to party ahead of loyalty to country and to the noble ideals on which it was founded.

Haven’t missed NFL

Thu., Dec. 14, 2017

As an avid fan of collegiate and professional football, I initially hesitated to join the boycott of the NFL for players disrespecting the flag and anthem. However, most of us who have had family or friends come home in a coffin, draped in the U.S. flag, are very offended by the NFL players protests during the playing of the anthem. Additionally, the refusal to remove their helmets or caps, along with not facing and looking at the flag, shows blatant disrespect to our military, as well as our country.

What about Flynn?

Thu., Dec. 14, 2017

Well, the clown-general Mike Flynn has pleaded guilty to a serious felony. This while he was one of the Trump campaign leaders and in the short time he was national security adviser. Maximum term is five years. And don't forget he was the cheerleader for "Lock her up" at campaign rallies, which Trump supporters delighted in cheering along.

Clarity from Avista

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

Avista is increasing electric rates for North Idaho, saying it's to "cover costs accumulated in 2016." However, another testimony claims it's planning to spend $24.2 million between 2017 and 2019 on additions to Colstrip, a coal-fired power plant in Montana. So, which is it? And what is being "added" to this coal plant? Avista is not forthcoming with any details about this investment.

History will judge

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

I think most Americans have come to understand that history will judge President Trump harshly for his recklessness, bigotry and authoritarianism. I believe that history will judge our representative to Congress, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, harshly as well for her stubborn, politically selfish support of this exceedingly dangerous man. And I believe that history, if only our local history, will judge The Spokesman-Review harshly should you once again choose to endorse CMR in the next election. In case you care.

The Confederate Flag

Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

When I see a Confederate flag, I do not feel American pride. I feel shame. When someone says it means freedom, I ask "for whom?" It certainly did not mean that for the men of color fighting to be acknowledged as more than property. Or the white men fighting beside them. It never meant freedom, it meant slavery, and the confederate flag's meaning has not changed. The only flag in America that means freedom is the flag that sits in front of every school, every courthouse, and every military cemetery who fought for these freedoms.

Big donors are big winners

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

A few years ago, The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision allowed large donors, both private and corporate, to influence elections anonymously. These donors used this ability to influence the election of certain members of Congress. Now we see the results as Congress prepares to reward those donors with the largest tax reduction to the wealthy and corporations in our history. Those Congress members who vote for the tax reduction bill do not represent the people, they represent the monied donors and should not be re-elected.

Grateful for Molly Quinn

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

This letter is submitted in appreciation of the work of The Spokesman-Review's staff illustrator Molly Quinn. Her illustrations are one of the best regular features of the paper. It's been enjoyable and interesting to notice over the years how her approach to illustrating different kinds of ideas and themes changes depending on the content of a story. She is a master of line, from bold, spontaneous and colorful strokes to fine, precise, controlled rendering in any media. Her work enhances the stories it accompanies. I especially liked her monster vignettes adorning the mastheads of the Halloween edition of this year's paper.

Lack of compassion

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

It is one thing to report a most devastating and tragic accident (Nov. 28 article), but to start it out with the deceased being a convict in 1994 of sexually exploiting a female student? That has nothing to do with his unfortunate demise. Why put his family through the past that I am sure had enough media coverage in 1994? Where is the compassion that is needed more in today's society with a leader that mocks the media, but more important the loss of a human being?

Move away from Colstrip

Tue., Dec. 12, 2017

I moved to beautiful Idaho two years ago, but I am now concerned about Avista's plan to spend millions of dollars that I and other Avista customers will be paying for to make infrastructure improvements on the outdated coal burning Colstrip plant for the next 20 years.

Invoke 25th Amendment

Mon., Dec. 11, 2017

It is time for invocation of the 25th Amendment. It has been painfully obvious to many that the president presents a clear and present danger to our nation and the world at large. This is no longer in question. A man devoid of the minimal sense to not retweet clearly anti-Islamic, ultra-right wing propaganda has neither the intellectual, temperamental or moral competence to be leading our nation our military nor does he demonstrate the critical, measured and reasoned decision making capacity to have his finger on the nuclear launch button.

Trump’s racist history

Mon., Dec. 11, 2017

President Trump's racist comments and tweets come as no surprise to anyone who has researched his background.

Council overreaches

Sun., Dec. 10, 2017

There they go again, the Spokane City Council interjecting itself into an area it should not.

Don’t silence entrepeneurs

Sun., Dec. 10, 2017

The City Council is currently studying an ordinance that will prohibit campaign contributions from contractors that do work for the city. It's important to note, it doesn't matter how much I donate, if I'm not the low bidder on a project I don't get the work. As a voter, I would much rather support a candidate who will improve our infrastructure, update our streets and make our city a better place to live. I will not support a candidate who will tell me how to run my business, who I must hire and when I have to pay them for not working.

Media vs. women

Sun., Dec. 10, 2017

Media have a bigger impact on women than on men. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter are all a part of this since they tend to advertise certain bodies that people wish they had. The average weight of a female runway model is about 115 pounds, while the average American woman weighs 162.9 pounds; see the big difference?

Tax plan is lunacy

Sun., Dec. 10, 2017

I can't help but wonder which corporations are so deserving of permanent giant tax cuts that we are willing to risk domestic programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance in order to subsidize their corporate profits?

Cantwell obsessed

Sat., Dec. 9, 2017

I watched the recent tax-cut debate on CNN. Sen. Maria Cantwell is so obsessed that the top 1 percenters do not get a tax decrease that she wants no one to get a tax decrease.

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