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MONDAY, AUG. 14, 2017

Mon., Aug. 14, 2017

CMR not transparent

Cathy McMorris Rodgers demanded that everyone who attended her town hall meeting show identification proving they lived in the 5th Congressional District. Presumably, this was a way to keep "outsiders" from influencing the discussions. She demanded transparency from us. She wanted to know who we are.

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Mon., Aug. 14, 2017

Midstokke is intriguing

I do not often read the Outdoor section of The Spokesman, because I am not an outdoorsy guy. I am even nervous in city parks.But recently I happened to read Ammi Midstokke's column. She seems to be a varied and ...

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Mon., Aug. 14, 2017

Vestal hits bull's eye

Shawn Vestal's Aug. 9 column, "Denying the facts sign of the times," hits a bull's eye in skewering conspiracy theorist Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan for his inability to distinguish between reasonable and unreasonable doubts.

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Mon., Aug. 14, 2017

White House falling fast

I was sending The Spokesman-Review a trenchant comment on President Trump bringing the foul-mouthed Scaramucci into the White House and within hearing range of boy scouts.But that was yesterday and the letter became outdated even as I was signing it. ...

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SUNDAY, AUG. 13, 2017

Sun., Aug. 13, 2017

Center of Trump's ethics

After being surrounded by yes-men for decades, perhaps Trump has forgotten how to deal with normal social interactions. It reminds me of when I said "No" to a small child. The boy threw an immediate temper tantrum, screaming "He said no!".

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Sun., Aug. 13, 2017

Don't normalize pot

Council candidate Matthew Howes concern about marijuana advertising is enough to get my vote. When I peel off a "pot" sticker from the paper, toss aside the multi-page insert telling me all the news I evidently need to know about marijuana and pass another glossy billboard, I am reminded again that, as a society, we have lost our collective minds.

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Sun., Aug. 13, 2017

Fix individual market

Liberals argue the biggest success of Obamacare is that millions of people who previously couldn't afford health insurance gained coverage under Medicaid. Great. So these people have a free lifeboat while Obamacare's titanic disaster leaves millions of others in the individual market to float in freezing seas with a useless life jacket policy, if they got one.

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Sun., Aug. 13, 2017

Get what we pay for

Thanks to Kip Hill for the report in the paper on the pothole court case ("Spokane driver beats city in pothole court case," Aug. 9). I want to clarify that I did not retire from the Gambling Commission, but worked only five years with them.

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Sun., Aug. 13, 2017

Keep SHIBA alive

We recently expressed our concern to Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers regarding the future of the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) during this time of health care legislative chaos.

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Sun., Aug. 13, 2017

Kudos for climate action

Kudos to the City Council for taking on climate change. Nonsense to those who say that the Council should only fill potholes. While filling potholes is indeed important, so is ensuring that future generations don't inherit a scorched and unlivable earth.

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Sun., Aug. 13, 2017

Leash dogs on hikes

It seems that two Rich Landers articles under "Out in Carnivore Country" convey conflicting examples of when it's OK to have dogs off leash during a hike. In one article, a big game and carnivore biologist who works for the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department recommends keeping "dogs on leash" for safety. In the other, Rich Landers' dog is off leash when they first encounter wolves during a hike.

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Sun., Aug. 13, 2017

Listen to the warnings

All the hoo-haw about climate change comes down to this: If I invited 100 professional fire inspectors to check my home for potential fire danger, and 97 of them said it has grave issues of a fire starting that would destroy the house and my whole family in it, I'd promptly take steps to work on those issues.

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Sun., Aug. 13, 2017

Pavilion solution

About the Riverfront Park Pavilion: If the cables can't support a covering, think inside the box. It should be possible to erect a structure under them and independent of them, to be used to host events or whatever.

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Sun., Aug. 13, 2017

Presidency has limits

According to Jim Barbieri's letter, Trump is the next Reagan. Looking back on Reagan's tax cuts, I paid more taxes every year that Reagan was president. His tax cuts eliminated most of the deductions for consumer credit interest, making the middle class pay more taxes. The very rich had their rates lowered. Trump is proposing a similar change and the middle class will pay more taxes than ever.

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Sun., Aug. 13, 2017

Trick or treat

Those in the Halloween costume industry are no doubt at work on the "scary-moochie" line.Norm AndertonSpokane

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