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SATURDAY, JAN. 24, 2009

More on war between Israel, Gaza

When it comes to the Mideast, there’s nothing like an Israeli response to terrorism that brings out the best in hypocrisy and anti-Semitism in local writers (Jan. 17), the U.N., or Europe.

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Visibility is safety issue

I applaud all those who are getting off their duffs and getting outside exercise, especially in this inclement weather. However, I’ll hold my applause for those who fail to also exercise good judgment by exercising in the streets and roads without outer clothing with reflective features, reflective vests, ankle/arm bands and/or something that actually lights their presence on the street or road.

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FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 2009

Caribou boo-hoo

Your Jan. 17 article about “environmental” groups suing to protect Woodland Caribou Habitat in Boundary County made me cry. The issue is laughable, but the implications make one cry. Their action is stupid, wasteful and inconsiderate. The herd spans the ...

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Don't feed the deer

It appears that a large number of our Spokane County neighbors have taken pity on a seemingly hapless deer population by leaving food out for them this winter. Despite the ravages of an overwhelming December snow load, these animals do ...

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Protect your liberty

The neoimperialists have once again had one of their candidates elected and inaugurated president of our country. I’m thinking you now have time to be concerned about your personal freedom and the liberty of us all.

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Spokane Valley clueless

I must respond to the Jan. 9 opinion editorial “Raw deal” (about Spokane County’s decision to terminate its snow-removal agreement with Spokane Valley). Using the term “without warning” is nonsense; the notice could not have been any clearer. Eleven-plus months ...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 22, 2009

Contrast now with then

As I read Ms. (Andra) Gillespie’s op-ed column on racism (Jan. 20), I reflected on my love of visiting antique shops like her. You see, I am a cabinetmaker and I enjoy looking at furniture of the past for its construction techniques, contrasting them with the modern ways of construction that I use today.

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Dealing with detainees

“They are being held illegally,” as the progressives say. “Close GITMO” was the campaign promise. For those detainees whose country refuses them back, may I suggest this? Fly them to O’Hare and process all through U.S. Customs. Ask each one: ...

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Everybody wins with bond, levy

The citizens of Spokane are being asked on March 10 to approve a $288 million school construction bond, as well as an operations levy that provides about 14 percent of the school district operating funding. These are not new taxes, but maintenance of the current bond and levy structures that have been in place.

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Playground expense dubious

Here’s a question for the city of Spokane Valley. How is it that in these belt-tightening times you are spending $1 million on another playground when the county is not plowing our streets next year? I wonder how much snow removal equipment can be purchased for $1 million? Are you sure that more playgrounds is the best use of those funds?

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Snow lessons to be learned

I recently moved to Spokane from a mountain suburb of Salt Lake City called Bountiful, Utah. Bountiful usually gets more than the average 57 inches that falls in Salt Lake. I went back to Bountiful for Christmas this year and while driving the 20 minutes to my parents’ house from the airport, I counted six snowplows, all dispensing salt and plowing with blades down. In Spokane, from Dec. 18 to 22, I saw only two snowplows and neither had salt-dispensing capabilities.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 2009

Blame Obama on Bush

According to Joan Jans (“President deserved better,” Letters, Jan. 18) we should write thank-you notes to former President George W. Bush to express our appreciation for his eight years in office.

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Images come from within

Ms. Marcia Tiffany (“Bush photo showed bias,” Letters Jan. 17) is concerned that a recent front-page photograph showed media bias: Bush’s hangdog image. Bush and his supporters should have started to worry about his image much earlier and done something ...

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Intelligence not enough

On this day, in our great need, we have a new president who is obviously both intelligent and well-educated. If we are very, very lucky, it may also be that he is both honest and wise. Please. Richard Hubbard Spokane

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Mayor should flex muscle

Thank you to Jody Cramsie for her letter of Jan. 16 (“A better snow plan”). Your suggestions are wonderful. Here are two more. First, use dump trucks to pick up snow berms from the middle of downtown streets and dump ...

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WSU football means great time to tailgate

PULLMAN -- As the Washington State Cougars battle for the Pac-12 football championship this year, there’s one title they already hold: Best Tailgating School in the West. Check out the ...

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. ...