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FRIDAY, NOV. 10, 2017

Fri., Nov. 10, 2017

Future leader of America

Our 5-year-old grandson told our daughter these would be his rules if he was president: 1) Don't camp in the woods where there are coyotes. 2) Don't cross the street without looking. 3) Be nice to people. 4) Never do a fire drill and then forget to tell people to come back in.

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Fri., Nov. 10, 2017

Plenty of people ride buses

A writer recently complained that the new Spokane Transit Authority long bending buses would have more empty seats than the current buses. He even had data: 60 empty seats vs. 45 empty seats. I wonder how this information was gathered. I ride the bus somewhat regularly, and I occasionally have trouble finding a seat because the buses I ride during rush hour are packed. At other times, of course, there aren't many riders on the bus. That's inevitable with any kind of mass transit.

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Fri., Nov. 10, 2017

President insensitive

Well, it happened again. I actually shed tears while reading the morning news.This time it was because our commander in chief, President Trump, made a phone call to the grieving family of an American serviceman killed earlier this month, while ...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 9, 2017

Thu., Nov. 9, 2017

Policy is math-challenged

I admit it. I am mathematically challenged. However, I need someone to explain how the U.S. can cut taxes (especially to the rich) and continue to spend money like a drunken sailor - one example building that unneeded wall. Taxes pay for things that we the people need - Medicare, Medicaid, better health care for all and improved infrastructure.

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Thu., Nov. 9, 2017

Rebuilding Puerto Rico

Why isn't Puerto Rico the pearl of the Caribbean? It is U.S. territory. Its citizens are U.S. citizens.Shouldn't it be a shining example for all the other islands of the region? Shouldn't it be a desirable place to live, work, ...

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Thu., Nov. 9, 2017

Simple sentences

I have read, reread and read again Sarah Bain's Oct. 22 guest opinion, "We must talk with kids about suicide, then listen." Her words are emotionally charged - written from her heart - exemplifying the tragedy of suicide. When I ask myself "what could I do to minimize the likelihood of suicide as an outcome?" I tell myself that at least I must care enough to tell someone "I love you" and, when appropriate, to ask "are you thinking about suicide?"

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Thu., Nov. 9, 2017

Trump more offensive

Although I did not vote for Donald Trump, I have tried to keep an open mind since his election. But I have reached the point where I feel that many of his words and actions have been a disservice, at home and abroad, to both the office he holds and our nation.

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8, 2017

Wed., Nov. 8, 2017

Bill of rights safe

There are two ways to amend the U.S. Constitution. First is by a Constitutional Convention. Thirty three (two-thirds) of the state legislatures have to authorize this. This method has never been used.

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Wed., Nov. 8, 2017

U.S. leadership sick

America's leadership is sick. Republicans and Democrats alike now consider it their right to lie to, steal from and totally ignore the needs of the American people. Our representatives gladly filch elections by using slick advertising campaigns that twist the truth until it is unrecognizable. Voters are conned into thinking they will be the first priority, only to be completely forgotten as soon as the candidate takes office.

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TUESDAY, NOV. 7, 2017

Tue., Nov. 7, 2017

Anthem confusion

In the dust-up over the performance of the national anthem at NFL games, no one seems prepared to address the pretense on the NFL to patriotic display. I do not know when the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner" became customary at these games, but it certainly was not always thus. It was adopted as our national anthem in 1931. The NFL dates from 1922.

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Tue., Nov. 7, 2017

Hoping for resignation

As a young man, I vividly recall watching the disgraced Richard Nixon departing the White House with his final wave, following his resignation. Now I, and I know millions of others, eagerly look forward to reliving that day as the current White House occupant will nearly certainly eventually replay that event as we watch this train wreck mess of a dysfunctional and corrupt administration take our beloved nation down a dark, dangerous, chaotic road.

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Tue., Nov. 7, 2017

Proud of Colville Jr. High

On Oct. 23, it was again my privilege to teach school at Colville Junior High School all day. This time I saw a very large poster on the main entry hall. The poster reads: "Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can" (John Wesley).

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MONDAY, NOV. 6, 2017

Mon., Nov. 6, 2017

In support of veterans

As another Veteran's Day approaches (Nov. 11), I think it's important to remember this old saying: "If you can read this message in English, thank a veteran!" May we always remain "the land of the free because of the brave."

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Mon., Nov. 6, 2017

Men, stand up

Hooray for the "Me Too" movement! It is time for men to also stand up and call out their friends and co-workers and, yes, relatives who show their disrespect for women by sexually harassing them. That we have elected an admitted sexual predator to the presidency is a sign that this attitude toward women permeates our culture. This is a man says he can grab a woman's crotch because he is rich and famous. This is a man who can use a sexist slur against a woman because she is the mother of a person who is peacefully protesting.

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Mon., Nov. 6, 2017

More jobs, not robots

The move by community leaders and others to bring Amazon to the area is a bad idea. Amazon is well-known countrywide as a job destroyer. Its growth poses a threat to the economy through increased automation via warehouse robots and drones that ultimately will replace the already low-paid workers who are simply there to help them get to total automation.

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