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THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017

Thu., May 18, 2017

Bad for small business

The Republican leadership's plan now headed to the Senate repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replacing it with a poor substitute would prove particularly harmful for my business and for the more than 4 million small-business owners, employees and self-employed entrepreneurs who have gained access to affordable coverage under the landmark health care law.

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Thu., May 18, 2017

Disappointed with ad

I was saddened (but not surprised) that you allowed the "Shame on you, Cathy" full page ad that ran May 9 to contain so many false facts."This bill will cause at least 24 million Americans to lose health insurance, according ...

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Thu., May 18, 2017

Preexisting mindset?

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' recent column (May 5 edition) seems to reveal preexisting conditions of her own: deafness to her constituents, blindness to health care realities and mental delusions about the impacts and effectiveness of Trumpcare.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017

Wed., May 17, 2017

Basic responsibility

My compliments to Bob Strong for his May 5 letter, "Right thing to do." Universal medical coverage may not be an individual right but it is certainly a government responsibility and obligation. It provides for the common defense against disease and injury. It efficiently promotes the general welfare and insures domestic tranquility. Health care for everybody is essential to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. We have forgotten and forsaken the purpose of our government and ignored the establishment of justice for all.

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Wed., May 17, 2017

Bravo to France

I want to applaud the citizens of France for their wisdom and intelligence to vote for Emmanuel Macron as their president. In my opinion, Marine Le Pen was a female version, if not worse, compared to our current dictator. Sadly, the U.S. election process being hacked by the Russians impaired and blinded so many U.S. voters to believing that hatred and bigotry were the only solutions to "Make America Great Again."

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Wed., May 17, 2017

Consider the children

In response to the May 5 column by Cathy McMorris Rodgers: "My son has a preexisting condition. He's one of the reasons I voted."It is reassuring to read that Rep. McMorris Rodgers is committed to safeguard against restricting insurance for ...

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Wed., May 17, 2017

Vote Miller for LPOSD

I am so impressed with the recent candidates who are running in the Lake Pend Oreille School District. Richard Miller is a no-nonsense individual, who is straight forward and will answer your questions clearly. If he doesn't know the answer, he will admit it and research the information. He worked his way through school and wants to help allow opportunities for other students who are willing to put their effort into it.

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MONDAY, MAY 15, 2017

Mon., May 15, 2017

Careful with Israel rhetoric

Two news stories and a political cartoon on April 29 showed interesting connections. The Northwest section reported anti-Jewish graffiti on the Community Building in downtown Spokane. Clay Bennett's cartoon on the French presidential election depicted a station with two trains, a modern train (heading into the future?) carrying the name of one candidate and a Nazi-era cattle car (headed back to the past?) bearing graffiti of the other candidate's name. Hate directed against Jews still exists in this world, even here in Spokane.

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Mon., May 15, 2017

Don't approve coal terminal

Thanks for printing the article about the recently released review of the Tesoro Anacortes proposed coal terminal project. Last year many of us showed up at our Spokane Convention Center to testify at a hearing about that coal terminal. Millennium is hoping to build it on their former aluminum site and to help the local economy via more jobs. My hope is to support fisheries and alternative energy jobs, rather than jobs that come at long term cost to the environment.

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Mon., May 15, 2017

Forgetting shared risk

In all the discussion of health insurance, there doesn't seem to be acknowledgment of the basic idea of insurance: shared risk. The whole point is that the total amount of money collected from all those covered is to pay all of the expenses of the insured plus enough above that to keep the insurance company in business.

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Mon., May 15, 2017

Labrador comments irrational

Raul Labrador's nonchalant denial of human casualties notwithstanding, his Lewiston town-hall defense of the GOP's hastily revised repeal of the Affordable Care Act exposes the fundamental irrationality and cruelty of Republican approaches to health care.

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Mon., May 15, 2017

Labrador wrong about AHCA

Our Congressman Raul Labrador is wrong on all counts in a recent oped published in the Bonner County Daily Bee.The Republican–sponsored American Health Care Act may fail in the U.S. Senate, despite his Freedom Caucus efforts, because there are some ...

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Mon., May 15, 2017

Lower teen working age

I believe that Washington state should change its laws on jobs for teens, ages 14 and 15. Students need to be introduced to having a job at an earlier age. Jobs such as babysitting and yard work are great but don't supply teens with enough money. We need to have the opportunity to earn more money. As we grow up, we start to want more stuff, but our parents can't be relied upon to supply us with money.

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Mon., May 15, 2017

Pass testimony legislation

Change is sometimes difficult. Changing the legal justice system seems impossible at times. I have been working continuously for five years trying to change the way incentivized informant testimony is gathered and used in our state. It appears that both law enforcement and prosecutors alike do not want an even playing field when using these informants. ESSB 5038 sponsored by Sen. Mike Padden addresses some of the issues with non-uniform standards in our current laws.

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