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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

CMR could recalibrate

Wow, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers got booed at what should have been a friendly MLK event by constituents enraged that she's voting to take away their health care.Of the 10 counties she represents, 86,721 will lose health care because the ...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

CMR protesters wrong

I was both proud and disappointed during the MLK rally. I was proud my community came together to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., a visionary and civil rights leader. I was proud to see people from all walks of life and races stand together. I was proud to see my representative in Congress stand up for unity in her remarks. Cathy did a great job. She encouraged us to respect one another no matter what, and acted with grace and dignity when some people in the audience started heckling her.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

Demand health care specifics

The Republican Party and our Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers keep crowing that "Obamacare is a failure!" It isn't even broken, much less failed. As many as 30 million people have health insurance today, thanks to Obamacare. When I was suddenly laid off from my job, I relied on Obamacare to see me through. It was the only logical answer.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

Drug votes disappointing

I'm disappointed in Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell. On Jan. 11, an amendment to a bill urging the federal government to allow Americans to purchase pharmaceutical drugs from Canada was voted down with the help of our "liberal" senators. It is clear that pharmaceutical drugs in Canada can be up to five times less expensive than those in the United States.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

Enhance traffic flow

Occasionally a zone of my sprinkler system gets blocked, restricting the flow of life-giving water to that area of my lawn. The effects of the restriction are quick and obvious – distress and soon decline. There may be an inefficient work-around to water the parched area, but the most efficient way is to prevent the restriction from happening in the first place.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

Gandy showed leadership

Freda Gandy, director of Spokane's MLK Family Center, is a hero. A few in the large gathering at the Convention Center disrupted Cathy McMorris Rodgers' speech. It's the first time in my memory of over 20 years of disruption by audience members. It is also the first time in my memory that Rep. McMorris Rodgers attended.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

GOP must do better

I may not have agreed with every single aspect of the ACA, otherwise known as Obamacare, but the fact of the matter is, more than 20 million people had access to health insurance that didn't have it before. This is a good thing. You don't do away with the entire program with absolutely no credible action plan to replace it. You don't decide to take away health insurance from millions of people who really need it and then claim to be pro-life.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

Grizzly drills needed

Betsy DeVos, Trump's pick for the Department of Education, warned America of the chilling threat of grizzly bears attacking schools and students during Senate confirmation hearings. I am simply stunned my child is not engaged in "Active Grizzly Drills" at school in case a grizzly gets in.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

Hats were crass

Regarding "pussyhats" knit for women marchers: Why would they even inadvertently lower themselves to the same locker room verbiage as Trump's vulgar remarks?Marge HammondSpokane

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

Left attacking election

It seems just like yesterday that progressives were breathless and hyperventilating over the prospect that President Trump might not respect the election results. Since the election, all related processes have been under vociferous attack from the left.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

Madsen, Vestal misplaced

I will tell you what I find disappointing. Disappointing is going to the paper tube and pulling out this morning's paper and finding the main headline is comprised of two opinion pieces about President Obama. Granted they are from the two ends of the political spectrum, so there is an attempt at balance, but they do not belong in the prime position of the paper - the important news of the day does. Both of these pieces deserved to be elsewhere in the paper, and if anywhere, in the Opinion section.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

Not a landslide

Will this be an administration of self-aggrandizing superlatives? A news item showed Mike Pence referring to a landslide election, and that brought me up short. A web search, though, shows that there is even a Facebook page for "Trump/PenceLandslide2016".

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

Oppose NFL socialism

Let's be clear. The reason the San Diego Chargers are moving is because taxpayers are no longer willing to pay for NFL stadiums. Period. Private money is paying for every new California sports venue with the exception of the Sacramento Kings' new arena.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

Plows should be modified

As the plows rumble past the homes and driveways of the elderly and others in the wee hours of the mornings, it would be nice if their thoughts of the homeowners did not immediately turn to, "I wonder how bad I am plowed in, and will I be able to clear it?" "Maybe my neighbors will be there to help me again." The city/county should not leave the elderly in such a position.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

'The Manchurian Candidate'

However you voted in the 2016 presidential election, you owe it to yourself, and our nation, to read or watch either Richard Condon's 1959 novel "The Manchurian Candidate," or the 1962 film version with Frank Sinatra or the 2004 film with Denzel Washington. One other thing: change the ending.

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