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Get past 'socialized medicine' fear

OK, let’s put this ridiculous idea of “socialized medicine” to rest. First, I am a Vietnam vet who grew up as a dependent kid, who married a serviceman. I was injured on active duty during the war and receive a small disability.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2009

A counterproposal for Brown

Re: “Brown, Chopp weighing state income tax,” April 3: Isn’t it amazing? Just when you thought those in government couldn’t be any more out of touch, along comes Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown supporting a “whipping down” of those successful ...

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Assistance could be slashed

Sadly, I am calling attention to the fact that both the state House and the Senate budget programs reduce the Medicare-funded in-home-care hours available to vulnerable seniors and young clients. More than 32,000 low-income people with disabilities rely on programs such as COPES to remain in their homes and in their communities.

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Democrats passed the buck

Re: “Gregoire proposes tuition spike,” April 8: I agree with Gov. Gregoire that we (state) are in a crisis. However, the real crisis is that of a weak and pandering Democratic regime in Olympia that have sown the seeds of ...

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Family planning cost-effective

On March 31 the Washington state House of Representatives released their biennial budget, which cuts the state’s largest family planning fund by 55 percent in 2009. Furthermore, in 2010 it eliminates the fund entirely.

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Funding should reflect values

The Eye on Olympia blog highlighted an ad that economists from out of state posted, dictating how we should feel about new taxes. The fact of the matter is this: Can our families afford such drastic cuts to social services?

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Lawmakers neglect women

In 1994, 179 countries met in Cairo for the International Conference on Population and Development and affirmed that reproductive health care access not only empowers women; it is a critical part of creating a sustainable world.

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Protect workers' rights

The March 28 opinion piece “ ‘Card check’ a union Trojan horse” does a great disservice to workers. The author writes that workers don’t need the protection of unions because “the government has an alphabet soup of agencies dedicated to protecting the rights of workers.” I wish this were true.

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Say no to new taxes

I found it ironic that The Spokesman-Review would lecture Idaho about their bad roads and bridges (“Remiss with repairs,” April 2) knowing that Spokane’s streets and roads are some of the worst in the nation.

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Tax would make wealthy flee

Re: “Brown, Chopp weighing state income tax,” April 3: The elected representatives Lisa Brown and Frank Chopp must believe the citizens of the state of Washington are either ignorant, stupid or idiots. Should they achieve their objective of getting a ...

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Unnecessary testing wasteful

The “corporate officers” of my local “health group” have found another bonanza. No physician is allowed to prescribe anything stronger than aspirin without requiring a drug test and forced enrollment into “random drug testing.”

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View of tribe disturbing

Re: “House hesitant on Lake CdA plan,” April 4: It is amazing that the Idaho Legislature, now in session, is questioning funding Idaho’s share of the Lake Coeur d’Alene Management Plan when the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, who owns one-third of ...

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Arpaio ideal GOP leader

While the GOP thrashes around asking “Who is our conservative leader?” they fail noticing a real gem under their collective noses. This candidate is a hard-boiled, no-nonsense tactician in dealing with those that threaten our way of life and facilitates what he espouses. Decisions are final with no wishy-washy “maybes.” His greatest forte is aiming right to the heart of a matter without nibbling around the edges. Followers support him ferociously, re-electing him to his post without even a campaign.

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County sends clear message

The Kootenai County commissioners sent a very clear message to the county with the approval of an asphalt plant in a residential area. They told citizens that if there is a building project the commissioners have denied, just go ahead and build it anyway. They told us that we do not need permits to build footings and that we definitely do not need to obey county ordinances in regard to required setbacks.

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Fat cats trade after hours

I guess I’m confused. Why is it that those of us doing our own trading on Wall Street do it during regular hours? We know we are betting against the house by not cheating after hours.

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The speed habit

There is no shortage of drivers who have a speed habit. And those speeders are easy to spot when we drive in reasonable accordance with the speed limit, since everyone ...

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. ...