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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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TUESDAY, JAN. 20, 2009

Bad time for fare plea

Fare increases for STA? Since the Big Snowfall of Dec. 17, STA management has bungled communication between riders and supervisors regarding route detours and current information. Is this a good time to bring up increases?

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Goodman view valued

My compliments to the editorial board for putting Amy Goodman’s column in the paper. It’s great for a change to hear the “other side of the story” and let a little sunshine in.

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Talking about real money

I agree with part of your comments about taxpayers and voters (“Keep voters in loop,” Jan. 14). All citizens deserve full accounting and our city deserves to have informed voters. However, this is not the time of our lives to have “Disney Dreaming” of how much tired taxpayers will pay for and “Goofy” scheduling of tax votes that are endangered by current events.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 18, 2009

Courts could use such talent

Rod Stackelberg’s letter “Bush indifferent to law” (Jan. 11) states “Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a guilty conscience written all over her face, appears in the U.N. Security Council to block every effort to enact a cease-fire and ease the suffering” in Gaza.

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Diversity missing on new bench

Recently three new judges were appointed by Mayor Verner to the newly created Municipal Court. All were women, all were current government employees and all had little or no judicial experience. Where is the “diversity” that liberals like Mayor Verner advocate?

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First priority: children

Thank you for your perceptive editorial on Jan. 11 about the tragic cycle of child abuse, wherein violence begets more violence. Our community needs to know the giant steps backward that are occurring.

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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. ...