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TUESDAY, JAN. 27, 2009

Levy affects pocketbook

Does anyone else realize we are in a recession and soon a possible depression? OK, boys and girls, here is a question for you. If a replacement levy is not replaced, would you have less money coming out of your ...

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Yes on fire levy

Soon appearing on our ballots is an issue of vital importance to the health and safety of those of us who live in the Valley. Our Valley Fire Department has an outstanding history of commitment to provide a high level of emergency care. The Valley Fire Department has anticipated the growth of our population and reorganized its resources to best ensure that life-saving care can be at our doors within a matter of minutes.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 25, 2009

Block Geithner

This is a request to Sens. Cantwell and Murray. Please do not cast an affirmative vote for Timothy Geithner to be confirmed as Treasury secretary. The simple fact that he was unable to properly pay his income taxes and admitted ...

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Corporate role model

Thank you, Doug Clark! Thank you, Jeff Philipps (“Rosauers CEO proves he cares for employees,” Jan. 18)! What an inspiration! You’ve shown that there ARE corporations in the world today that value their employees and treat them with kindness, respect ...

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End mandatory minimums

President Bush’s Jan. 19 commutations of former Border Patrol agents Ramos and Compeon should be commended as an act of mercy. The border agents received mandatory minimum sentences that the judge could not tailor to fit them or their crime. However, the border agents are not alone.

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Environmental threats aplenty

It seems as if some writers think that if global warming is not occurring or if human activities are not affecting climate change, then humanity can continue its destructive and consumptive habits, as if climate change is the only environmental calamity with which we need to be concerned.

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Get light rail on TARP list

Spokane and the Valley may have a golden opportunity to receive a large grant from TARP funds to build the Spokane to Liberty Lake light rail transit system. A portion of the TARP fund is to be for transit and ...

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Make holiday meaningful

As he was about so many things, again, Dr. King was right in stating that the way out of poverty for many young black people is education. Here’s an idea that really should grow some legs.

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Pickup decision irresponsible

I am outraged that items left at the curb were incinerated not recycled (“Storms put curbside recycling on hold,” Jan. 17). Many people recycle because it is the right thing to do, and we are billed monthly for these specific ...

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Plowing comparison fails

Concerning Ms. Scott’s letter of Jan. 22, I would like to correct some errors and misconceptions. The town of Bountiful, Utah, has 150 lane-miles to plow (that is not a typo, 150 miles) and 22 pieces of equipment. I know; I called them.

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Repair job awaits Obama

We have finally, as a nation, entered the 21st century. Too bad that so many among us won’t see the truth of what we left behind, and more are confused as to what is ahead.

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Speech won't cow enemies

From President Obama’s inaugural address: “To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”

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Task ahead will take time

We now have a new president. There are people that hope he fails. There seems to be so much elaboration that he is an African-American. Why can’t it be just an American that has been elected president of our United States?

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Time to open up government

As a former Spokane County employee who used to ask a lot of tough questions and rarely received the whole and truthful answer, I applaud President Barack Obama for his decision to maintain an open government.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 24, 2009

Bus stop access critical

“No one gives a damn,” concluded Barbara Baldwin (Letters, Jan. 16), chastising the responsiveness of the Spokane Transit Authority and the media’s coverage thereof in the face of December’s record-breaking snowfall. I’d like to say she’s overreaching, but the dismal cleanup of sidewalks and intersections a week and a half past the last measurable snow belies such optimism.

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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. ...