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Standing up for rights

Aah! Another misinformed author discovered in your Tuesday’s letters to the editor addressing the issue of recent tea parties in our area. I take umbrage to comments made by this author that inferred that we were there only because “our guy didn’t win.”

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Workers need law's support

Workers need to be able to bargain collectively. The state Legislature just gutted a bill that would have allowed child care workers to unionize so they could collectively bargain for better rates (“Bargaining plan becomes a study,” April 14).

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FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 2009

Cuteness counts

The hypocrisy of the Humane Society regarding the treatment of ground squirrels is astounding, and trying to make it an ethical issue is downright laughable. Where would be the hue and cry for “relocation” if the problem were rats in ...

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More than taxes at stake

Tea party critics have attempted to marginalize the April 15 participants as selfish, unpatriotic whiners who don’t want to pay taxes. The tea party I attended wasn’t simply about taxes. The attendees were astute about the Constitution and the intentions of the Founding Fathers. People are livid because adherence to the Constitution has been neglected and reverence for it has been eroded. This erosion has resulted in an out-of-control, power-hungry and corrupt government.

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U.S. health care not best

What’s with the guy who doesn’t like socialized medicine (Letters, April 21)? “Best health care system in the world”? Oh please! The U.S. appears way down the ladder on virtually every measurement of decent health care. We are No. 47 ...

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Don't defend squirrels

Have you ever seen a horse, a cow and even a human that has injured a leg, shoulder, etc., from a tumble because of holes and tunnels? It is bad to take a fall with the horse under you when the ground is full of tunnels.

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Gun safety not taboo

The court decision regarding (April 14) “Split-up parents feud over boy’s shotgun” is wrong. The mother should be thanking her ex-husband for teaching their son safety instead of using him as a pawn in their divorce. Too many kids learn ...

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Medal-worthy action

Recently Les Norton admonished a Spokesman reporter for using the term “earned” rather than “awarded” in the story covering one of our brave soldiers in Afghanistan (Letters, April 22). However, the word “earned” was not used by the reporter but ...

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Pass on the Kool-Aid

I’m amazed every time I read a letter encouraging us to vote for a tax increase or continuation of an expiring tax/levy. The arguments for more/continued spending are almost exclusively emotional, usually “it’s for ‘the children’ ” or some other heartstring-tugging constituency.

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Sharing the road

Thank you for the article “Sharing the road.” It is going to take a lot of patience and education to make this “road sharing” harmonious. Personally, I am a casual rider and have no problem “sharing the road” with autos and riders alike.

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Maintenance pays

I have been using phosphate-free dishwasher detergent since long before I campaigned for the reduced phosphate law we now have, so I know it works. What I also know is that machines need maintenance and that people frequently neglect that. Large amounts of harsh phosphates do help to make up for clogged screens or sprayers, but the fix is easy.

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Medal language inappropriate

I was very disappointed to see the language used in the article about Morgan Bennett being wounded in Afganistan. People in the military don’t “earn” battle awards, they are AWARDED them. You seem to be confusing them with Boy Scouts ...

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Right being wronged

OK, I think I have it figured out. After reading the Homeland Security Department’s report on right-wing extremism, it all starts to make sense. The Constitution is irrelevant; the concept of limited government is out.

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Simplicity may be costly

Obama is now saying, with firm confidence, that he will make tax filing easier for all Americans. It’s his confidence in saying this that worries me. Does this mean that in the not-so-distant future, he is going to tell us, “I’m taking all of your earnings and giving you whatever allowance I deem you need, thereby eliminating taxation and paperwork”?

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Don't move Apple Cup

Moving the Apple Cup to the supposedly neutral site of Qwest Field is a bad idea. (Who actually believes it is a neutral site?) While there may be financial upsides for the schools, what about the downside for Pullman businesses?

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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. ...