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Eight vs. Eighty

Wed., Nov. 22, 2017

A brown, bearded fanatic with a truck, murders eight people in New York City while yelling praise to Allah. Meanwhile, two white American men have slaughtered nearly 80 citizens in the past few weeks, using high powered semi-automatic rifles. Our leaders helpfully send thoughts and prayers, but not one word is said about limiting access to assault weapons. Weapons that are designed for one purpose only; to effectively kill other human beings.

Higher taxes for poor roads

Wed., Nov. 22, 2017

Spokane County Roads are unsafe. On Nov. 6 at 6:30 in the morning enroute to work, many of us commuters encountered total negligence by the roads department to deal with winter conditions. Two of the main roads, Bigelow Gulch and Argonne were ice skating rinks along most of their length. There was no sign of plow trucks or de-icing equipment. Due to the country's neglect, even driving at 25 mph commuters lost control of their vehicles.

Politics and prayers

Wed., Nov. 22, 2017

In answer to the Nov. 13 letter writer who felt president Trump is targeted by this paper:

Gut feeling about Avista

Tue., Nov. 21, 2017

On your Nov. 12 front page, news of the possible sale of Avista to Hydro One is long and glowing. From the positive comments of Avista CEO Scott Morris, to the energy and successes of Mayo Schmidt, Hydro One's CEO, it all paints a picture of a win-win for both companies, their shareholders and, hopefully, us the customers.

Republican tax cut plan

Tue., Nov. 21, 2017

Republicans have been praising the national economic numbers, including the soaring stock markets and low unemployment, so why do we need tax cuts? If we stimulate the economy too much, won't inflation cause a rise in interest rates and higher consumer prices?

Worst thing about Trump

Tue., Nov. 21, 2017

What do you say is the worst thing about Donald Trump? A tough question, I know. And who should judge? Is it better to be an ignoramus or an old meanie? Some may go one way, some the other.

#MeToo more effective

Mon., Nov. 20, 2017

Regarding Elizabeth Backstrom's column of Nov. 4 column, where she is listed as a "progressive evangelical": That she is progressive is apparent if, when she referred to women marching in January (2017 implied), she was referring to the offensive display of "pussy hats" and "vagina" apparel displayed by Madonna and a thousand or so of her closest friends after President Trump's inauguration. I submit, as a survivor myself of childhood sexual assault and plenty of harassment, too, that such displays are, to many, counterproductive.

No sugarcoating

Mon., Nov. 20, 2017

Is anyone else tired of euphemisms being used to disguise and diminish ugly facts about how we treat each other? In what is labeled "non-consensual sexual activity," one of the people is unlikely to be "active" in a meaningful way any more than the rooster pheasant we ate for dinner the other night was an enthusiastic participant in a "non-consensual culinary event."

Tax plan time bomb

Mon., Nov. 20, 2017

Donald Trump and the majority of congressional Republicans, similar to the former Reagan Administration, are desperate to achieve a political victory by passing a tax cut based upon Reagan's strategy of "win it now and fix it later."

And so it goes

Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

In his Nov. 6 letter, "More jobs, not robots," Bernard Korth laments the fact that robots are taking jobs from humans, and that's a bad thing. Good luck trying to reverse this trend. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. had a clear view of our future when he wrote extensively about this subject 65 years ago in his 1952 book "Player Piano."

Behind the bus

Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

Traffic engineers seem to have never been behind a bus on Monroe. It stops the traffic in the right lane whenever it picks up or drops off people. With two lanes, cars can move to the left lane. With only one lane, cars would be forced to travel at the same slow speed as buses. The rush hour congestion would be terrible. This is a major bus route.

Blame not equal

Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

I think your editorial does readers a disservice when it says Democrats and Republicans share equal responsibility for our national debt. In 1981, President Reagan proposed and Congress passed the trickle-down tax cut. It failed to pay for itself and instead increased debt. The bill might have been better named, "Let Our Children Pay," as it instituted the current conservative philosophy: We need not pay our way.

Disagree with Vestal

Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

Shawn Vestal's recent attempt (10-29: "Murray crafts humane bipartisan fix for Obamacare") to assign Sen. Patty Murray and Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee) the status of grown ups in their attempt to "fix some of the immediate problems with Obamacare" is nothing more than platitudes, rhetoric, administration bashing or columnist fatigue.

Disingenuous

Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

Regarding the post-election comments of our state Senator Mark Schoesler (R-Ritzville). It is so disingenuous for him and Rep. Dye to say that the universities, including WSU, need to be 'fiscally responsible.' And even more so: "The party that froze tuition and cut it...becomes the minority." Let's rewrite that with the truth: "The party that refused to support our youth by funding education, both K-12 and college; and that then 'gave permission' to raise tuition to make up the lost tax revenues, becomes the minority."

Grand Old Plutocrats

Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

The Republican leadership in the White House and Congress is seeking additional tax breaks for corporations and high-income individuals who may or may not pay any taxes like Trump. They are a corporate dream come true.

Honest Russia appraisal

Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

The Nov. 5 article "Russia tussles with Bolshevik Revolution legacy" by Vladimir Isachenkov was a long-awaited Russian admission. The grandchildren of eminent revolutionary activists are not deceived by Marxist propaganda. Vyacheslav Molotov's grandson describes the 1917 revolution as "one of the greatest tragedies of Russian history." Worldwide, millions of the relatives of victims of Marx's insane illusions will appreciate this honest appraisal.

Siimple anthem solution

Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

Well, here we go again. The great divider decides it's not enough to stir up the animus of the races against one another, the genders against one another, the religious against the non-religious and, of course, the haves against the have-nots, to name juts a few.

Support Ex-Im Bank

Sun., Nov. 19, 2017

The Export-Import Bank fills export financing gaps through its loan, guarantee and insurance programs when the private sector is unable or unwilling. It's an independent self-supporting federal agency that costs the U.S. taxpayer nothing. It provides export credit insurance. If a buyer does not pay, the Ex-Im Bank guarantees U.S. companies get paid.

Address causes

Sat., Nov. 18, 2017

Have you noticed that after a mass shooting there is outrage if the killer is tied to "terror." The more recent shootings are not tied to "terror" and the reaction is "ho hum." The victims are just as dead or injured. If someone walks on thin ice, we are not surprised that the ice cracks and the person drowns. What do these things have in common? I have a hunch that these random killings have a common cause. I suspect that random killers of any sort are telling us how powerless they feel and are lashing out with the only power they have, themselves and the ability to kill.

Curb opioid prescriptions

Sat., Nov. 18, 2017

When I read the article regarding opioids, the only thing I agreed with was that the terminally ill and patients in hospice can acquire the needed drugs, no questions asked.

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