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SUNDAY, AUG. 20, 2017

Sun., Aug. 20, 2017

SNAP aiding 5th District

I am thrilled to see the incredible work being done in Spokane to help the homeless. One of the sources of the funding was listed as SNAP.I was recently in Washington, D.C., and had the opportunity to meet Rep. Cathy ...

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Sun., Aug. 20, 2017

Transgender acceptable

Thank you, Editor Rob Curley, for your essay in Sunday's paper: "Shocking column needed context." Indeed, Hayden Bible Church Senior Pastor Steve Massey's column in Saturday's paper, "Transgenderism neither normal nor acceptable," was shocking. It was also mean and hurtful. So I was heartened to read your follow-up the very next day.

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Sun., Aug. 20, 2017

Vestal misreads column

I read Shawn Vestal's Aug. 15 column about three times to try to get the gist of his angry complaint against Steve Massey's Aug. 12 column about the transgender issue. His strong reaction made me go online to find and read the referenced article.

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SATURDAY, AUG. 19, 2017

Sat., Aug. 19, 2017

Appreciate the editor

Upon reading the column by Rob Curley in today's S.R., I was struck again what a great editor we have. He really nailed the situation about Saturday's publication of the religion column. I agree wholeheartedly that some surrounding context for the column would have been not only appropriate but necessary to present another side to the issue discussed.

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Sat., Aug. 19, 2017

Call it what it is

Over the past two years Trump hasn't once failed to use the phrase "radical Islamic terrorism" when decrying jihadist attacks. I find it disturbing that he not only refused to call out the radical alt-right terrorist behind the attack, but even failed to describe it as an act of terror in his first comments on the day of the incident. His second attempt to address the issue on Monday fell far short of a clarion call against white supremacist groups. His stilted reading of the scripted statement one of his staff wrote for him was obviously an insincere attempt to tamp down the nationwide, bipartisan disgust that met his initial reaction, and again failed to call it an act of terror.

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Sat., Aug. 19, 2017

Column was harmful

If a guest columnist submitted an article with biblically based arguments on why a different religion was "neither normal nor acceptable," would you print it? How about if the proposed article used Bible quotes to promote racism or misogyny? Would you print it anyway, with the simple disclaimer that it is not the view of the newspaper?

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Sat., Aug. 19, 2017

Don't undermine ACA

Despite the beer-swilling party in the Rose Garden, Trump's, Cathy McMorris Rodgers' and the GOP's plans to repeal and replace the ACA went down in flames. Instead of admitting the fact that only 17 percent of Americans supported the proposed legislation and changing direction, Trump gleefully speculated that the health care system under the ACA would fail. Instead of "The buck stops here," Trump offers us "Not my fault!"

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Sat., Aug. 19, 2017

Extremism 'in context'?

Your editor does not apologize for running Pastor Steve Massey's medieval column ("Christians must offer compassion, not acceptance, of transgenderism." Aug. 12.) Instead, he regrets not having provided "context."Ah, "context"- the favorite hidey-hole of all those who have said something ...

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Sat., Aug. 19, 2017

Headline harmful

In response to Steve Massey's "Transgenderism neither normal nor acceptable," it is my understanding that headlines are editorial decisions -- not those of columnists. If so, yours merits further examination.

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Sat., Aug. 19, 2017

Hydro dams are cool

With record high electric usage as we all try to stay cool in the near or 100 degree temperatures, it got me to thinking about the folks who want to remove or breach the hydroelectric dams on the Snake River.

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Sat., Aug. 19, 2017

McCain's vote too pat

Doesn't Sen. McCain's no vote on Obamacare repeal feel a bit too pat? The vote gave his Republican buddies cover to cast another inconsequential show vote, cemented his "maverick" rep and vexed the president. It could also provide a creditable way for the GOP to escape blame for keeping in place the economy stagnating, dependency encouraging, festering back-sided boil "law of the land" that is the ACA. Will it make possible the continued Republican reaping of election-win harvests sown by hapless "deplorables?"

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Sat., Aug. 19, 2017

Need people to understand

I was upset to read the Aug. 12 column "Transgenderism neither normal nor acceptable" by Mr. Steve Massey. I don't think your publication is an appropriate outlet for this display of ignorance and intolerance.

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Sat., Aug. 19, 2017

Nice to see column

I read Saturday's column by Pastor Massey describing much of what many of us traditional folks believe.Nice to see something other that the media's continual endorsing every politically correct fad -- the constant barrage of marijuana information, how to improve ...

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Sat., Aug. 19, 2017

No empathy, toloerance

In his Aug. 12 column, Pastor Steve Massey posits that transgenderism is "neither normative nor acceptable." He argues further that acceptance of transgender persons demonstrates a lack of true compassion, apparently because they are meant to be other than they are. As proof of the tragic state of transgender persons, he cites the high suicide rate among that group.

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Sat., Aug. 19, 2017

Peace rally inspiring

Spokane's rally for peace following the tragedy in Charlottesville embodied the best of Spokane. The setting, The Spokane Tribal Gathering Place on the banks of the Spokane River, honored native people, the first residents. City Hall, adjacent, added the dimension of the rest of us coming to Spokane to live, work and create community.

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