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SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017

Sat., June 24, 2017

Don't ruin North Monroe

We need residents of Spokane to help. Drive north on Monroe between 8 a.m.-8:15 a.m. on a weekday. It is heavy traffic. Drive back at 8:40 a.m. to 9 a.m. It's heavy until Garland, then becomes bumper to bumper. Try it again on a Saturday afternoon. You will find the traffic is busy.

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Sat., June 24, 2017

Equality for women in music

Throughout history women have been understated and misrepresented in music. Women have not been given their full musical potential and recognition. Today there is a huge under representation of women compositions in concert music halls. While the number of women performing in orchestras has increased over the past century, the number of female composers' works in programs has not. In a 2014-15 survey, it was determined that "the artistic leadership of the 21 largest American orchestras have collectively programmed their seasons in such a way that women composers accounted for 1.8 percent of the overall season." (Fairouz, "Don't hire me, hire a female composer instead").

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Sat., June 24, 2017

Sexual assault on campuses

Sexual assault on college campuses is a topic that has always been controversial. Because of this, it is not talked about as much as it should be. This is something that happens more often than people realize, and it is controversial because there are always so many uncertainties and questions when one of these incidents occurs. Sexual assault on college campuses should be more recognized: Campuses need to be taking these kinds of cases seriously, help people to deal with these situations and how to prevent them from happening in the future.

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Sat., June 24, 2017

Thanks to the SPD

We should all be very proud of our police officers for the professional way they handled the potential drive-by shooting situation recently near the Union Gospel Mission. Their quick action was outstanding and most probably saved countless lives. When taken into custody, the suspect reportedly told arresting officers that he was carrying a gun to "clean up the streets". Obviously, it was the police who actually "cleaned up the streets" when they arrested him.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

Fri., June 23, 2017

Debt the greatest threat

I am either a moderate Republican or conservative Democrat depending on the candidate. I was very critical of Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the most recent election over the most unsuitable Trump. Since then it appears her relationship with Trump is lukewarm from the outside, and I commend her for this.

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Fri., June 23, 2017

Let's save our children

When one is 76 years old, has worked with children over 50 years as a teacher/counselor with youth and grieving deeply for three little ones of my own family being adopted out of our family because of the addictions of their parents, I may just have a few insights on how to break this terrible cycle of abuse and suicide perpetrated on children.

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Fri., June 23, 2017

Partisanship poison

I grew up in a conservative, southern, Baptist home. As a child, Ronald Reagan was my hero. He spoke plainly, eloquently and with authority. He seemed the perfect leader. I often wonder what he would think of our current situation.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017

Thu., June 22, 2017

Kudos for internment article

This reader comment is submitted as a kind of intended footnote in S-R writer Rachel Alexander's and photo-journalist Kathy Plonka's excellent Sunday, June 11, Spokesman-Review front-page feature, which shares poignant stories describing the plight of now Spokane-residing Japanese Americans whose families were unjustly interred (imprisoned) by the U.S. government during the Second World War.

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Thu., June 22, 2017

Stop the fracking

Fracking has been around for decades, but it has only recently become popular with modern technology advances that ironically turned out to be taking human and environmental safety backwards. With the technique of pumping numerous chemicals to crack shale underneath the Earth, it has made hydraulic fracking sites a liability to everything in its path. Thus, leading me to argue against this practice.

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Thu., June 22, 2017

Street preachers ruin events

The Pride Parade was a really neat celebration of how diverse our human race can be. It gives us an opportunity to gather and embrace all of humanity. Unfortunately, the hate-filled group of "Street Preachers" came once again to verbally and emotionally abuse those attending. A group of people were hiding behind Bible verses, conveniently forgetting to actually practice one of the two commandments that Jesus explicitly said were the most important: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Mark 12:31.

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Thu., June 22, 2017

Support public education

Recently, I was lucky enough to attend two programs in which my grandchildren participated at Finch Elementary School. Nearly 100 uninhibited first-graders, including my grandson, sang and danced as they performed a musical about camping. The following week, my granddaughter performed a knock-your-socks-off, high energy entertaining circus club show.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017

Wed., June 21, 2017

Defense for Horton

Spokane County Commissioner Al French's comment about County Assessor Vicki Horton was very unfair ("Property valuations delayed because of staffing shortage in Spokane County Assessor's Office," Sun. June 11). This year's property appraisals are behind schedule because the Assessor's Office is short six appraisers. It's understandably difficult for Vicki Horton to recruit and retain appraisers when the county pays $10,000 less per year than the private sector.

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Wed., June 21, 2017

Trump 'an enormous child'

A definition of ignorance: "lacking knowledge, information, or awareness about something in particular." I am convinced that not only is Trump ignorant by this definition but so are his supporters, who continue to ignore his many lies and incompetent actions, his atrocious political appointments as he fills the swamp, his misguided foreign policy and the list goes on. Every Republican in the House and Senate, led by Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell who also continue to back Trump, are ignorant.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017

Tue., June 20, 2017

Decorate the Pavilion

I have always thought the Pavilion would look beautiful if colored lights were strung along the lines of it. I don't know what that would cost, but it would be very pretty.

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Tue., June 20, 2017

Democrats the selfish party

Currently, President Trump has a 35 percent approval rating which is great. You think that's a lousy number?Let's consider the facts. Every television news program except for "Fox News", reports nothing but negative news about him. Then you have the ...

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