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Hand wash for a clean river

I feel sorry for all these poor people who can’t seem to get their dishes clean with no-phosphate detergent. It’s a problem that those of us who wash dishes by hand don’t seem to have. Score one for the simple life!

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Light needed on Avista's doings

This winter we read where customers’ bills skyrocketed when their energy usage had not changed or they actually reduced their energy usage. We also read about Avista’s CEO’s salary. At the height of the stock market when the price of ...

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No CEO worth that much

In response to Becky Kramer’s March 25 article on Avista’s CEO Scott Morris: Balderdash! We’re asked to believe Morris deserves his $2.2 million CEO income. The president of the United States only earns $400,000 plus expenses.

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Any income tax will expand

Re: “Brown, Chopp weighing state income tax,” April 3: I purchased my home in Spokane rather than Post Falls 10 years ago for one reason: no state income taxes. While I didn’t have income of $500,000 (which is currently under ...

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Follow feds' spending example

The Washington state Legislature is making a terrible mistake by proposing drastic budget cuts. These cuts would not only injure our economy but deprive Washingtonians of health care, education and jobs.

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Hard times, hard choices

As the parents of two District 271 students, one at Lakes Middle School and one at Fernan Elementary School, my husband and I are in complete support of the upcoming levy in Coeur d’Alene. All the information required to make an informed decision is on the district Web site at

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Keep funding the future

I bid cheer and courage to my fellow citizens and ask you to urge our elected officials to roll back their proposed cuts to higher education in Washington. We absolutely need to invest in higher education, both to mitigate the current recession and to prevent imminent catastrophe in the future.

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Live river worth power loss

Fishing for steelhead is a rare privilege of living in the Pacific Northwest. It is sad that taxpayers are forced to pay for the destruction of these wonderful fish. Replace the dams that are killing 80 percent of these fish with 1,000 megawatts of clean, renewable energy and the problem is solved.

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One cut politicians won't try

I continually watch, with wonder, the legislation coming through Congress and our own state Legislature. I see cuts in medical funding to the persons that need the assistance the most, which can lead to a future of overcrowded emergency rooms ...

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Reinstate provider's license

I am writing in support of a fantastic educator in the Spokane Valley. Her name is Jolene Allen and she has made a positive impact on the lives of many Spokane Valley children who have been lucky enough to become part of the Christ Beginnings family.

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Rural clusters or urban sprawl?

I read Thomas Clouse’s front page article Monday titled “Small rural lots raise big concerns.” I was disappointed that Thomas did not address a major concern of Spokane residents: How will the county’s “rural cluster” philosophy impact proposed developments in the West Plains area?

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Upper-class eyesores ugly too

As a 90-year-old and 76-year resident of Spokane, I say amen to Steve McNutt (member of Spokane Park Board) and his letter of March 31 concerning the editorial March 29, “Scrutinize Y deal.”

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Wagoner drove GM to ruin

In his reign at GM, CFO, COO, CEO Rick Wagoner liquidated profitable divisions and weakened GM by destroying the diversity of the company. Promoting large gas-guzzling SUVs while shutting down the production of fuel-efficient vehicles, Wagoner sold a highly profitable GM division, Hughes Electronics with its DirecTV subsidiary, in 2002.

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Y purchase fits Expo vision

I heartily second Steve McNutt’s letter of March 31. I served on one of the advisory committees for Expo ’74, and Steve’s comments accurately reflect the visions of all of us. Many hoped the land north of the Spokane River would eventually be added to Riverfront Park, but it was “developed.”

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Acupuncture alive and well

Where do I begin? The article March 31 from the Washington Post/Ellen Edwards, “On pins and needles,” about acupuncture I find amusing and at the same time of concern. I have practiced acupuncture for 25 years (after a lengthy career in respiratory medicine), loving every minute of it. I have an extensive teaching background in the field, trained in China, and wanted to put my 2 cents in, for what it’s worth.

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Wildlife in the roadway

I recently wrote about the rapid emergence of pedestrians, bicycles and motorcycles occurring every spring. Along with that phenomenon, activity levels of deer, elk and other roaming animals rise with ...

Keeping an eye on it…

This is my last post here, but starting Monday, I’ll be blogging at in my new position as Boise bureau chief and state capital reporter for the Idaho Press-Tribune ...

What would you have said to Nixon?

If you had bumped into President Richard Nixon when he was in Spokane to open Expo '74 on May 4 of that year, what would you have said to him?