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FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2017

FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2017

Letter wasn't worthy

I am surprised and disappointed that you printed the Jan. 10 letter from Don Keeney ("Bearing false witness"). What is the false witness? To paraphrase, he said, "The DNC added outright lies ... Hillary (her title is Secretary Clinton) repeated these talking points ... the left's hypocrisy knows no bounds ... Clinton supporters continue to repeat her lies ... why do they bear false witness?"

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FRIDAY, JAN. 20, 2017

School upgrades needed

I am the mother of two daughters in the Cheney School District. I'm writing in support of the upcoming bond measure which is a proposal to fund renovation or construction of buildings within the district.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017

THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017

Debate income tax

In a Jan. 8 column, Sen. Mark Schoesler wishes: "... we debate the income tax openly and honestly, so that the people understand what really is at stake." I agree.

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THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017

Modify snow plows

Snow plows ought to be modified to install a "gate" that can be dropped at each residence driveway to push snow beyond the driveway. We have requested this in the past and been told "the gates break" and "it slows down the drivers."

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THURSDAY, JAN. 19, 2017

Teens' opinions matter

Obama's farewell speech just occurred, and Trump's inauguration is soon to follow. I am 17 years old, obviously was not old enough to vote. However, I still have an opinion. I did not want Trump to win. While I was not 100 percent in support for Clinton, I favored her by far in this election.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017

Fight the abomination

I suspect those Hollywood egos Lucy Holt mentions in her letter ("Hollywood drama," Jan. 4) who did not leave the U.S. after Trump's election realized theirs was a futile and pointless expression of disdain and dismay. Perhaps faced with the realization of changing from an extremely successful eight-year run of the Obama Nation, they decided they would rather remain here and fight the new Trump abomination.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 2017

Reproductive politics one-sided

I am writing in regards to the article "Planned Parenthood would lose funding as part as Obamacare repeal." I want to propose a new statewide bill that would help curb the use of medications for erectile dysfunction. We should have a 24-hour waiting period before allowing a Viagra prescription to be dispensed (to ensure men understand the side effects), require yearly cardiac stress tests (to ensure men are physically capable of sexual intercourse) and attend counseling sessions (to promote celibacy as an alternative).

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TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017

TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017

Communicate with Congress

However you voted last November, I don't think that you voted against congressional ethics oversight. The vote that was chaired by our very own Cathy McMorris Rodgers. I also have to believe that you didn't vote to have millions of women in our country lose access to health care and preventative services such as mammograms, cancer screenings and birth control. Yet that is exactly what will happen if Planned Parenthood is defunded.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017

Health care in trouble

Haters are out of the closet again. I recall conversations with young women pronouncing that they are not feminists and didn't understand the need. We are poised to lose our health care and equally important Planned Parenthood (the only place I could get care as a teen). Guess when a woman runs for the top job it is time to put them all in their places again.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2017

Women wrestling men

"EV alumna promotes wrestling for women, girls" is the headline for a Dec. 29, 2016 story in this paper. If it were not such a serious matter, it would be hilarious.

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MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017

MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017

Communicate ACA concerns

If you are alarmed at the prospect of repeal of Obamacare without a replacement plan, please call your congressional representative and express your concerns. I called Cathy McMorris Rodger's Washington, D.C. office at (202) 225-2006. My call was answered by a very gracious young man who listened to my concerns with great courtesy and respect.

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MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017

Questions about Russia

Manchurian candidate? So, the entire intelligence community has concluded that Russian hackers, directed by Vladimir Putin, intended to influence the recent presidential election. I wonder how the citizens who lined up behind and voted for Donald Trump feel about the uncontested facts behind four simple questions:

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MONDAY, JAN. 16, 2017

Thank you, carriers

A cup of coffee and the morning paper is how me and many of my friends start out our day. It's such a pleasure to walk out to the box and find my paper there seven days a week, no matter the weather. Delivering the paper in the winter has got to be a challenge, but one met with great success by our delivery person, Bob Marshall.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2017

SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2017

ABLE Act limited

I know many hard-working people, many making minimum wage and supporting families, in our community who now have health care they couldn't get before. Pre-existing conditions is one thing that ACA takes care of, for example. There is no other option presented to cover health care needs, but Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her colleagues plan to tear this down right away (without another, better plan in place) and defund Planned Parenthood, a major provider of general and reproductive health care for women who can't often afford this care (while wanting to stop abortions, which seems counterintuitive, as women need birth control in order to avoid pregnancies).

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SUNDAY, JAN. 15, 2017

ACA repeal senseless

What could be a better example of common sense than the idea that you don't take something apart unless you know how to put it back together? So why are the Republicans, most of whom frequently claim an allegiance to common sense, attempting to dismantle the Affordable Care Act without any understanding as to how its interdependent pieces fit together or any plan to replace it? It appears that common sense, the existence of which has been debated by philosophers since Aristotle, paradoxically does not apply in situations supported by the majority.

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