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SUNDAY, JAN. 11, 2009

Israel restraint admirable

Ms. Ninde should do a little research before calling the Israeli government terrorists (Letters, Jan. 3). If nothing else, she should read the column by Charles Krauthammer in the same issue of the paper as her letter.

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Judge choices commendable

I applaud Mayor Mary Verner’s selections for the newly created city of Spokane Municipal Court, particularly Brad Chinn and Mary Logan. It is disappointing that Commissioner Chinn’s name was withdrawn at the last minute because of politics as usual on the Spokane City Council.

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Park is all 'open space'

In a letter to the editor published in last Sunday’s S-R, Ed Hadley properly points out the Washington law that controls so-called Conservation Futures land acquisitions by counties. But his conclusions that the law (RCW 84.34) prohibits Spokane County from using Conservation Futures funds to purchase the YMCA site, which sits inside Riverfront Park in the city of Spokane, is mistaken.

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Sand: the other ice melter

I would like to suggest as an environmentally safe alternative to chemical ice melters the simple solution of sand. Sand is an effective ice melter since the dark color attracts solar energy. It can be easily dispended using a garden ...

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Shut down the arms flow

Nadyne Paget (Letters, Jan. 8) tells us that Israel needs “protection,” mostly it seems from Iranian-sponsored terrorists. “Neighborhoods of innocent Israelis are being deliberately attacked with rockets, as many as a dozen times per day.”

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Where are the real leaders?

Oh come on, people. Are you trying to tell us that the best qualified people to run our country are the current leaders? I think not. I am sure that we have a dozen people right here in this area ...

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SATURDAY, JAN. 10, 2009

Battle odds one-sided

There is a battle going on between two countries – A and B. Country A has a huge military arsenal of airplanes, helicopters, submarines, tanks, bulldozers, megaton bombs, bunker bombs and atomic weapons. Country B has rockets and rocks. They are in a cage created by enormous walls and have had humanitarian aid stopped for some time.

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Consolidation deserves a look

Spokane County, city of Spokane, city of Spokane Valley. Three governments, all struggling financially. Three governments certainly cost more than one or two. Does the word consolidation carry some weight here? Of course, it’s not in the best interest of ...

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Consumption binge

Our current economic crisis is rooted in the American dream with waste and over-consumption. Our cars and houses are too big and wasteful to operate, heat and cool. We drive too far to work and for services. The idea that bigger is better brings us deeper into debt.

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Converter box no answer

A few weeks ago someone wrote a letter titled, “The poor get static” in regard to the new TV converter boxes for DTV. I have had one and tried it, and it is true that if you don’t have a line of sight with the tower you don’t get a good picture. When the media began to broadcast that a change was coming and that there would be no more analog TV, that we would need the converter box, they said it would be the answer to the problem. If people would have known that it is not the answer we would have strongly objected to the law being passed that obliterated analog TV.

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Engine-size fee bad idea

I am concerned about a bill (SB6900) being proposed in the state Senate which adds an “engine displacement” fee to the vehicle license tabs upon renewal. This will do great damage to the budgets of retirees on fixed incomes as well as others who struggle to make ends meet.

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Figure costs from bottom up

Bodhi Densmore (“Minimum wage no answer,” Letters, Jan. 4) sounds like a “That’s all the job is worth,” Reagan Republican. Productivity is an abstract term with no standard of measurement, accounting or price. Just who are so unskilled or lacking ...

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Gun rights not negotiable

With a new administration coming into office I have a few questions for freedom-loving people. How much more infringement of our Second Amendment rights are you willing to take? Our government has overstepped its bounds for too long now. There ...

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Sidewalks ignored

Thank you, Sheriff Knezovich, for recommending schools be closed Monday. District 81 has a callous disregard for child safety unless they can be held liable. In the ’50s we were forced to walk to school in conditions even worse than ...

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Snow responses puzzling

Today, we braved the streets and went to the superstore, where 40 people were on the roof with snow shovels; a knee-jerk response to the 28 roofs that fell in this past week. Two hundred shoppers were in the store. Forty people times 200 pounds equals 8,000 pounds. Right? That’s 4 tons more weight than the snow that’s already on the roof. Go figure!

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