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THURSDAY, OCT. 19, 2017

Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

Concern over 'Get Real'

Spokane Public Schools board is very close to approving a new controversial human growth and development curriculum. A district citizen's advisory committee, has chosen one called "Get Real" that will offend the sensibilities and beliefs of those of faith, specifically teaching children things that are in direct opposition to the beliefs and values found in many religious traditions practiced and otherwise respected in this community.

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Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

Please vote Peetz

I am writing in support of Brandi Peetz for Spokane Valley Council Position 2. It is time we take political posturing and party special interest agenda's out of the Spokane Valley Council. This council is spending your taxpayers dollars and hours of staff time on non-binding resolutions that are the responsibility of state and federal legislation.

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Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

Tighten gun control

As someone who has suffered from mental illness all my life, I am in favor of stricter gun control for the mentally ill. I know many mentally ill people who have never even thought about hurting someone else. But there are a few who do want to hurt other people.

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18, 2017

Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

Farage protest close-minded

At our recent gala dinner in Spokane, attended by over 900 people, fewer than 50 angry protesters stood on the sidewalk to express their outrage because we invited European Parliament member Nigel Farage as one of the speakers.

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Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

No disgrace to flag

The flag of the United States represents the values that we accept and want to live by. Of the numerous values, freedom of speech is among the more cherished. Freedom of speech has be tested in the courts, battled in the communities and fought for in wars.

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Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

'Parental rights' misguided

Some members of the Spokane Valley community believe that their rights supersede the rights of the rest of us. They accept no responsibility for participating in protecting the health of other community members.

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Wed., Oct. 18, 2017

Who fights for victims?

Per the Oct. 3 edition, a 38-year-old Seattle man murders and dismembers a 40-year-old mother of three. He pleads guilty, and attorneys on both sides recommend a sentence of 27 years and nine months. Why should this person ever be allowed to re-enter society? Who fights for the real victims?

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TUESDAY, OCT. 17, 2017

Tue., Oct. 17, 2017

Hold on to your wallets

They failed to gut Medicaid to pay for it, yet the Trumped-up GOP is plunging ahead with its alleged tax reform. The proposal they rolled out cuts taxes on corporations by 4 percent and increases them on the poorest wage earners by 2 percent. It keeps the pass-through income loopholes that allow Trump to avoid paying taxes, and eliminates the estate tax so his kids won't have to pay anything when they inherit daddy's businesses. That's what conservative used to decry as "wealth transfer." Apparently this is good wealth transfer because it's going from bottom to top.

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Tue., Oct. 17, 2017

In defense of Democrats

Democrats consider what is best for all, not just the few; they would rather use diplomacy and negotiation than nuclear brinksmanship, foster a thriving middle class and workers than be beholden to the one percent; they believe in women empowerment and the Second Amendment, but they would like to see fewer abortions, and to keep assault rifles out of the public's hands.

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Tue., Oct. 17, 2017

Sensible gun laws

The Las Vegas massacre will focus our attention on the lack of gun control laws. The National Rifle Association obstructs sensible gun control and safety laws and even gun violence research by the CDC. Our congressional representative, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, is Washington state's leading recipient of money from the NRA at $17,450.

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Tue., Oct. 17, 2017

Squirt gun vs. forest fire

As for any weapons ban, Congress will possibly outlaw bump stocks, but the real problem will still be the semiautomatic rifles - weapons of mass destruction - that in the hands of one man just killed or injured more people than are elected to both houses of Congress.

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MONDAY, OCT. 16, 2017

Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

Not us, Amazon!

The city's business leaders appealed to Amazon to move to Spokane, despite witnessing the destruction it wrought to Seattle's culture and inhabitants. In doing so, those in power have spat in our collective faces.

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Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

Pretty on the outside

I moved to Spokane in 1960, worked in Spokane, raised a family and watched many changes. Most of the changes have been like painting a house with a crumbling foundation. My oldest son was raised in Spokane and now lives in Renton. He came for a visit, and I went out to greet him. He got out of his truck and his first words were "man your streets suck." You don't think that is what others think when they visit? My 2010 Dodge pickup runs quiet and smooth until I hit Spokane, at which time it rides like a 1949 pickup. The reason Spokane streets will never be fixed is because there is no glory in doing so.

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SUNDAY, OCT. 15, 2017

Sun., Oct. 15, 2017

Bad guys find a way

The mayhem in Las Vegas is disgusting. This monster sprayed bullets on innocents at a concert. The number of weapons he had purchased should have raised a flag and that is a failure of the current system.

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Sun., Oct. 15, 2017

Disgusted with bicyclist

As a bicyclist who has often enjoyed the length of the Centennial Trail in Spokane and North Idaho, I am disgusted by the infantile, entitled behavior and attitude of Justin Haller ("Collision course case," Oct. 8). Any bicyclist who has even a passing familiarity with the abundance of beautiful trails that bless our locale knows that there are some areas that have higher congestion. Responsible bicyclists, knowing that it is our responsibility to avoid colliding with anyone who is in front of us, adjust our speed accordingly when we are in a high congestion area.

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