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SUNDAY, JAN. 11, 2009

Bush indifferent to law

Ordinary Americans watch in shock and awe as the U.S.-sanctioned killing of Palestinian civilians and the destruction of their means of life continues. 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. The Bush administration seems determined to leave office the way it came in: indifferent to international law, world opinion and basic humanitarian standards.

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Call Bush to justice

For many of the World War II generation the last eight years have been a blow to our national pride and have left us heartsick. After the election of Barack Obama we feel real hope for our country.

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Drivers need to hang up

The editorial on cell phones (Jan. 8) was half right. Talking on the phone while driving is a huge distraction. Making it a primary offense changes nothing. You can still talk on the phone while driving. You just have to ...

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Even out the plowing

Everyone is struggling with driving at this time – and the plows are not much help. I am on my third try with chains and I don’t mean cheap ones.

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Hand shovels to inmates

In the summer, we see the Spokane County prisoners picking up rubbish on the highways. What’s wrong with having them shovel off roofs of the elderly or shoveling off snowbound cars for those folks that need help? If folks made a voluntary contribution, it could go to the prisoners’ account either for paybacks or for some savings for later release.

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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 It is disappointing that Commissioner Chinn’s name was withdrawn at the last minute because of politics as usual on the Spokane City Council.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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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. ...