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SATURDAY, AUG. 12, 2017

Sat., Aug. 12, 2017

Pivotal point with climate

On another smoke-filled August day, my neighbors with asthma and COPD are sealed in their homes, struggling to breathe, hoping to avoid hospitalization or worse.Last October, peer-reviewed Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a University of Idaho professor's ...

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Sat., Aug. 12, 2017

Recruitment is challenging

I can deeply appreciate Ozzie Knezovich's concern about the apprehension people have about becoming police officers. What he points to, I believe, is a bigger picture.As I was running for Spokane City Council, I heard over and over again that ...

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Sat., Aug. 12, 2017

Trump a laughing stock

In regards to Mr. Barbieri's letter of July 31, "Trump the next Reagan."We would really like to know just what planet has he been living on? The only accomplishment his president has made thus far is to make America the ...

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Sat., Aug. 12, 2017

Voter fraud at large

The Democrats' campaign to encourage and excuse voter fraud continues. Democratic activist Norm Luther recently sent the same letter to The Spokesman-Review and the Clark County Columbian wondering if voter suppression was the goal of President Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 9, 2017

Wed., Aug. 9, 2017

Cabs reap what they sow

For years, Spokane has dealt with dirty old cabs with rude, unkempt drivers behind the wheel, and now a little healthy competition comes along and they are crying for a fair playing field. Perhaps if the management teams of these cab companies would have listened to the consumer and cleaned up the cars, drivers, and more importantly, the nasty dispatchers who were known for being rude and hanging up on people, we locals would have stood by and supported the local cab companies instead of jumping ship the minute someone came along with clean cars, clean drivers and great customer service.

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Wed., Aug. 9, 2017

Democrats made the mess

How quickly they forget. Both the major media and minor media (Spokesman Review) have taken great pains to point out the lack of partisanship by Republicans in seeking to resolve our health care crisis. They are casting Democrats as heroes for helping to sink the Republicans' plan. Conspicuously absent from all the articles is the fact that it was the Democrats that got us into this mess in the first place, along with the fact that they did it in exactly the same manner as the Republicans: behind closed doors!

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Wed., Aug. 9, 2017

Proud of McCain

I am so disappointed in Mr. Trump. The way he bullies and taunts anyone that doesn't do or agree with what he wants. This is a bad example to set for our younger generation. The White House used to be an office of respect. Now, it's embarrassing and a joke.

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TUESDAY, AUG. 8, 2017

Tue., Aug. 8, 2017

Avista a mere pawn

On July 19, Avista Utilities announced its $5.3 billion sale to Ontario's Hydro One a transmission company that paints an uncertain future for Avista and its loyal customers. Hydro One's 2016 annual report says it buys electricity from Ontario's Independent Energy Supply Operator and much of that is from coal-fired plants targeted by Ontario's hideous 5-year Climate Change Action Plan approved in 2016.

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Tue., Aug. 8, 2017

Park Board should decide

I am amazed the Park Board didn't study the cost, durability and feasibility for a cover on the Pavilion before asking voters to pass the bond. I had envisioned perhaps a fiberglass covering that would last for decades. Now we have no idea if the structure will support any type of lasting cover.

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Tue., Aug. 8, 2017

Trump is no scout

A boy scout is trustworthy; Trump is shifty and slippery. A boy scout is loyal; Trump is unfaithful and dishonest. A boy scout is helpful; Trump is neglectful and unsympathetic. A boy scout is friendly; Trump is hostile and abusive. A boy scout is courteous; Trump is disrespectful and contemptuous of others. A boy scout is kind; Trump is hateful and cruel. A boy scout is obedient; Trump is contrary and seditious. A boy scout is cheerful; Trump is grumpy and dystopian. A boy scout is thrifty; Trump is stingy and selfish. A boy scout is brave; Trump is a fear monger and a coward who has no concept of moral courage. A boy scout is clean; Trump is filthy mouthed and piggish. A boy scout is reverent; Trump is disrespectful and only adores and worships himself.

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Tue., Aug. 8, 2017

Utilities and charity

Does the S-R not realize that the charity requirements extorted from utilities are paid for by users of the utilities so poor people who struggle to pay their utility bills are paying for charities supported by extravagantly paid executives of utilities?

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Tue., Aug. 8, 2017

Vote for 'Get Real'

I'm a great grandmother. My "greats" are 4 and 1. They are about to enter the Spokane Public Schools system. I never used to worry about American schools, but I do now. My remembrance of school is no more. The excellent standards that were held out and met are caving to the ill-informed and the religiously intolerant. Think immunizations and sex-ed.

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MONDAY, AUG. 7, 2017

Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Bullying from the pulpit

It would appear our president has decided to use threats and extortion against the GOP senators who voted against his "replace and repeal" debacle. In one case, Sen. Lisa Murkowski's home state of Alaska was threatened with loss of federal funds. Worse, still, is his threat to end the ACA's subsidy payments. It's always so easy to attack the poor, elderly and others who can't fight back. This man seems to take the term "bully pulpit" quite literally.

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Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Climate is up in the air

This reader must come to the defense of Sue Lani Madsen after she was castigated by several letter writers for her opposing view on climate change.Apparently, Madsen's naysayers have fallen hook, line, and sinker for the adage that says, "If ...

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Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Due process snubbed

At this writing, I'm in my second week of jury duty and have served as a juror on one trial. Throughout our orientation as jurors and throughout the trial, court authorities emphasized that persons on trial are to be presumed innocent until proven guilty and that the burden of proving guilt falls upon the state- the governmental body that has charged the defendant with committing a crime.

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