Letters to the Editor | page 11

FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016

Vote for gun sanity

I am a fan of the Second Amendment, particularly the part that says "well regulated" (as in "militia"). Don't tell me regulations would not eliminate the most recent holocaust or any other single tragedy. If sensible regulations save one life anywhere, why would we not support them?

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Cleanup is good news

Kudos for the muddy waters/Hangman Creek cleanup article on June 12. Growing up in the 1950s and '60s, I often saw muddy Hangman from the High Drive bluffs. Over the last few months, I've worked in Vinegar Flats and watched the steam flow almost daily. I expected to see muddy waters, but am surprised the creek flows pretty clear most days. But not every day.

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Creek worth conserving

Regarding muddy waters and Hangman Creek: Through education and greater community exposure to the creek, Spokane will take more value in this unique creek. The restoration efforts scheduled by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe at the headwaters can mimic efforts to restore the stream-side ecology within the city limits.

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Move Madsen's column

On June 10, Sue Lani Madsen's opinion piece, "Don't let emotions over train derailment impede good decision-making," ran on the front page of the Local News section. It's important news that the City Council passed a resolution asking to stop oil shipments after the derailment in Mosier, Oregon.

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Want chance for self-defense

So now the French are allowing the police to carry their weapons (guns) off duty. Terrorists are using knives to do their carnage. People in the Middle East are using bombs. Cars are also weapons. Poison is a threat.

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County could aid park

Is Riverfront Park only for the use of citizens of the city of Spokane? If a survey of park users were performed, I would be willing to bet that at least half of the visitors are from outside of the city. Most of them from the county outside of the city. So build it and they will come. But don't ask them to help pay for it.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016

Facts on Israel

The recent letter by a writer consistently critical of Israel as a Jewish country deserves a response, not to change someone's prejudices, but to offer readers more facts than fiction.

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Not the worst shooting

As senseless and horrific as the Orlando carnage is, it is not "the worst U.S. mass shooting in history," as the media has claimed. The slaughter of Native American men, women and children at Wounded Knee, North Dakota, on Dec. 29, 1890, resulted in at least 250 dead, and at least 120 were murdered at the Mountain Meadows Massacre in Southern Utah on September 11, 1857.

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Support EPA's plan

Tribal leaders are right; our reliance on coal and oil is posing a serious threat to our safety and our health. Not only do oil spills in the ocean and train derailments cause devastating impacts on our water resources and wildlife, but simply the production and use of these fossil fuels impacts our health every day.

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MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016

Forget Trump; vote smart

The Republican Party doesn't plan to win this election. They don't want their label on the economic and environmental problems they know are coming in the next four years, so they selected Donald Trump and gave him the job of alienating just about every group of voters and instilling fear and paranoia.

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Wilson reaches out

Everyone who is reading this letter knows that politics, as we have known it, is changing. It may be time to refresh politics, and find new ways to give a voice to the people who our elected representatives are advocating for. The face of the constituency is definitely changing-age, gender, race, nationality-all elements of our demographics.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2016

Ali a role model

A few years ago, my son asked me who is an ethical and courageous touchstone for young men. Without hesitation, I said Muhammad Ali.Both our probable presidential nominees and their political intimates could use a dose of what made Ali ...

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Child being manipulated

Disturbing reading about the manipulation and agenda going on in the story of "Being Rachel." Clearly the adults in his life will be responsible for what could be a terribly confused and negative experience for him throughout his growing up period. Tomboys and effeminate young males have always existed and that will not change. Most will gravitate toward their biological sex defined at birth as they grow older.

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Councilmen should be booted

Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins was quoted in Sunday's May 29 Northwest section of the newspaper as saying, "The folks (i.e. councilman) who just resigned can't seem to come to terms with the fact they lost." But they didn't lose. They resigned after being successfully reelected, but due to the illegal activities cited in this article, quit as they and others have been railroaded out of office.

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Say goodbye to Fairchild

Jay Inslee's decision to allow a tribal casino to be built close to Fairchild Air Force Base is a political statement. Inslee would never have approved a casino near the confines of combined base Lewis-McChord, for Lewis-McChord is embedded in the blue-dominated counties of Western Washington.

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Have you heard this story?

Here's how it goes. A local family decided to switch from heating oil to natural gas. So after the gas line was all set up, they went ahead and had ...

Parting Shot — 7.27.16

People play Pokemon Go near the Atomic Bomb Dome at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan. Pokemon Go” players are descending on an atomic bomb memorial park in Hiroshima, ...

An editor’s mea culpa

Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday evening when she became the first woman nominated for the presidency by a major party. Our headline and story in today's print editions made it ...

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