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FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2018

Pick up after yourselves

As a foreign visitor to your beautiful city of Spokane, I have been distressed on recent trips by the increase of rubbish in your parks. People are discarding fast-food containers, fizzy drink bottles and even actual food. This is especially true in the eating areas and around the benches after a baseball game. Chicken bones can kill dogs!

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Prison strike got U.S. talking

In the U.S. today there are 2.2 million prisoners, 19 million felons and 70 million people total with an arrest and conviction record. The era of mass incarceration is alive and well. The Prison Industrial Complex is an $80 billion annual industry.

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Thanks to Kent Morris, carriers

As the father of a son who delivered the daily paper many years ago, I have not forgotten the effort required to make sure that the subscribers were satisfied. I want to thank all carriers for their effort and service.

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2018

How else and who else?

Colin Kaepernick chose to take a stand and draw attention to the fact that our law enforcement system has been shown to use a wide range of standards when protecting our streets.

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Security vs. compassion?

Are the values of security and compassion competing values? The discussion in our country surrounding the issue of refugees often places those two desires at opposite ends. Is it fear of those beyond our borders that reinforces our movements toward security? That seems the likely catalyst in proposals for greater restrictions on allowing refugees (even highly vetted ones) into the United States.

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Trump only hires the best?

The culture of corruption that has engulfed the Trump administration is staggering.The former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, found guilty of eight counts on tax and bank fraud charges. Michael Cohen, his personal lawyer and the 'fixer', pleads guilty to eight ...

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Disgracing the process

On Sept. 4 I watched the opening statements on Judge Kavanaugh's hearing to the Supreme Court. The Dems tried to stop the hearings, however what is most disgusting was the mockery made by folks against his nomination. Interrupting most GOP senators as they spoke in favor of the judge.

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Don't mind his personal life

Recently on Fox News (Aug. 24) the cartoonist who writes "Dilbert," Scott Adams, stated he views President Donald Trump like his plumber."I don't care about my plumber's personal life or how he runs his business as long as he fixes ...

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No one can fill his shoes

Farewell to a wonderful person, Sen. John McCain. With much sadness I watched the beautiful farewell ceremony to a great hero.I , like others, should remember him as someone who stood up for America's poor, like defeating Donald Trump on ...

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Separation is always traumatic

Children separated from their mother? First off, think back to the Congress made up of both parties that approved this program.Now think about what happens in every country around the world when a mother is put in a holding or ...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 18, 2018

Another cancer

Once again, the parallels to Watergate are brought to our attention in "There is, again, a cancer on the presidency" (Michael Gerson, Aug. 24, 2018) and "Uncle Rudy rattles the rafters" (Kathleen Parker, Aug. 3, 2018). Both commentaries leave us wondering if and when President Trump will fire the special counsel as Nixon did the special prosecutor.

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CMR, Hutchison work for us all

The tax relief reconciliation act of 2001 gave back at least $600 of taxes to "we" the people. Hillary Clinton said the recipients didn't know how to spend it. It seems the Democratic Party believes they must manage everyone's finances as the general population is just too stupid to cope. The Senate voted 58 yes, 33 no; Cantwell and Clinton voted no.

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Is there a Lese Trump law?

It appears that Trump considers the Department of Justice a combination of his own personal lawyers and his own private investigators. His tweeted demands for action or inaction are blatantly political. For instance, don't proceed with an investigation that might endanger two House seats with Republicans. Also, investigate the infamous New York Times' op-ed article.

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MONDAY, SEPT. 17, 2018

Representatives doing nothing

I am beginning to believe either our Congress is unwilling or unable to rein in the actions that our president is instituting or inflicting on our country.It takes no moral courage to stand by while our natural resources are being ...

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Who's more compassionate?

Lisa Brown wants us to believe that Cathy McMorris Rodgers is only concerned about accumulating power and wealth. But which candidate is more compassionate? The income tax returns of both candidates show that when it comes to sharing her wealth, Brown lags far behind.

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Leave ownership to someone else

Industry analyst, Cox Automotive, conducted a recent consumer survey indicating that private vehicle ownership is on the wane. Half of the American survey respondents said that the cost of owning ...

WSU football means great time to tailgate

PULLMAN -- As the Washington State Cougars battle for the Pac-12 football championship this year, there’s one title they already hold: Best Tailgating School in the West. Check out the ...

Bird is the word

If you had been standing in our kitchen this morning and looked out the south-facing windows, you might have seen a large hawk perched atop a tall grape stake fence. ...