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TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2016

Freedom behind flag?

Football players who don't stand for the national anthem are exercising their right to do so. The NFL doesn't penalize for not standing, but God help those who don't. I love "The Stars and Stripes Forever," but I don't make people listen to it.

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MONDAY, SEPT. 19, 2016

9/11 snub insensitive

At first I was stunned, then angry, when I saw more than half of the front page featured Mayor Condon. (His problems could have been published on another page or another day.) What happened to 9/11, not even a flag of remembrance on the front page?

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STA plan won't help us

STA is requesting an increase in the sales tax at the next election. I live in a 55-and-over community. I called STA and asked if they are considering extending the bus service to our community off Highway 195. They informed me they were not considering a route to serve this area.

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Voting for I-735

I read once that corporations and special interest groups expect $10 in return for every $1 contributed to political campaigns and I believe it. Cathy McMorris Rodgers receives approximately $3 million in such contributions each election cycle. That suggests McMorris Rodger's corporate and special interest supporters expect $30 million in tax breaks and other sweet deals in return for their donations.

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 18, 2016

Bundys supported locally

Ammon Bundy, Ryan Bundy and six other armed occupiers of a federal wildlife refuge in Harney County, Oregon go on trial soon, and Ammon Bundy was quoted as saying "I was following directions from God." That source of direction would be hard to argue with, if it was true.

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CMR fighting over-reach

Recently I had the privilege of hearing Cathy McMorris Rodgers speak at a meeting I attended. She spoke of several concerns but the one which stood out was the overspending and government waste coming out of Washington D.C.

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Conquer terror sponsors

On Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016, we commemorated a day 15 years ago that rightly lives in infamy. There is only one valid response to that act of war, and that is the indefatigable and dedicated pursuit of victory against all practitioners of state-sponsored terrorism. Iran, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan are or were the four major players in that world. All of them should be conquered; their governments replaced with regimes friendly to the West.

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Effect of non-enforcement

The author of a recent letter to the editor was offended by a front page headline on Aug. 21, "Suspect in grisly killing had avoided deportation." They believed the headline was "... more aptly suited to the tabloids found in the checkout lines ...".

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'Worship' used incorrectly

Your photo and caption of St. Aloysius school children praying at the shrine of St. Francis Xavier in 1947 stated they "worship" at the shrine. Catholics do not worship saints and it greatly saddened me to see this word used incorrectly. God and God alone is worthy of worship.

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 17, 2016

How not to persuade

I would like to thank The Spokesman's editors for a recent editorial by U.S. Rep, Tom Marino, R-Pa., concerning his support of presidential candidate Donald Trump ("Trump will return country to its people"). However, my gratitude is thoroughly apolitical, for it comes from deep inside my 21-year-high-school-English-teacher heart. This article will now serve in my classroom as the epitome of how never to write a persuasive text.

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Invite Johnson, Stein

Is it too much to ask for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to invite Gary Johnson and Jill Stein to participate in the presidential debates? In this year of so many disenchanted voters and frustration with a two-party system in this nation, this would be the right and fair thing to do.

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Obama has had disasters

Regarding Joe Speranzi's letter ("Obama 'disasters' look good," Sept. 6): Yes, unemployment is down to 4.9 percent, but the 8.4 million jobs created for the most part are not 40-hour-per-week jobs. These jobs are less than 30 hours to avoid the Obamacare mandate that employers must provide health care for jobs of 30 hours a week, which Obamacare declares as "full time."

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Pakootas best for vets

For anyone who cares about health care, Joe Pakootas is a much better candidate than Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers opposes Obamacare and she supports privatizing the VA health-care system, which would pit veterans against stockholders.

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Parks inherently dangerous

The Aug. 29 article titled "Increase of rule-flouting tourists ..." reminded me of a very well-written book I read, after I visited the Grand Canyon. I actually bought a copy at the gift shop.

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Scouts article made day

Thank you for the front page article highlighting Boy Scouts. How great a story and how very proud the entire troop, their leaders and families must be. Thank you. I congratulate them.

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Parting Shot - 10.21.16

Fog blankets the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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