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TUESDAY, MARCH 14, 2017

Tue., March 14, 2017, midnight

Move columnists to Opinion

My husband and I are appreciative of the choice and balance of pieces that you select for the opinion pages, including the letters to the editor. We would, however, like to see the oped section expanded a tad.

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Tue., March 14, 2017, midnight

Trump getting results

I read where Sen. Patty Murray said President Trump's speech was full of empty promises. I disagree heartily, as President Trump has talked with several companies into staying in this country which means more jobs.

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Tue., March 14, 2017, midnight

Valley council disappointing

I recently attended my first city council meeting ever in the Valley, as a united neighborhood concerned about the Meadows at Plant's Ferry subdivision, between Keller and Mayhew roads. One by one, we gave a statement of concern to the council, only to be acknowledged by a distant non-interest, and no real answers about where to go forward to resolve our concerns.

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MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017

Mon., March 13, 2017, midnight

Appreciated column on vets

A couple of weeks ago, The Spokesman-Review printed a fascinating article by Rachel Toor, professor of creative writing at Eastern Washington University, called "Teaching Vets; Learning Even More." The timing was interesting as our grandson, who did two tours in the Marines in Afghanistan, was recently named in the paper being on the Honor Roll at another college. He didn't even know it until his grandfather called him. He was thrilled and is eager to graduate soon, the first one on his father's side to graduate from college. It hasn't been easy.

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Mon., March 13, 2017, midnight

Common sense uncommon

Mistakenly, I always believed that those raised on farms and ranches had an extra dose of common sense. Being raised on a farm by my World War II hero father and a loving mother (they began farming after the war in the Columbia Basin, successfully transforming rock-scrabble soil into productive farm land), it grounded me with that extra dose of common sense.

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Mon., March 13, 2017, midnight

Don't dismiss constituents

"We have to stop dismissing other people because they don't agree with us," Sue Lani Madsen quotes NAACP chapter president Phillip Tyler as saying during a recent gathering (March 4 column). These are good words. Let's all try to live by them.

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Mon., March 13, 2017, midnight

Fight for disability services

Over many decades, Congress has created and funded effective federal programs that are critical to ensuring that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) can live and participate fully in their community: Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security, Medicare and civil rights protections that help make community living possible.

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Mon., March 13, 2017, midnight

Focus on similar goals

If people really expect to meet face-to-face with elected officials in town halls and similar venues, disagreements, frustrations and ideas for change need to be expressed in a constructive, non-combative manner.

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Mon., March 13, 2017, midnight

Give me back my vote

Can I get my vote back? Less than a year ago, Ozzie Knezovich looked me right in the face at a Haircut Sunday meeting and told me that white supremacists and Second Amendment fanatics were what kept him awake at night.

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Mon., March 13, 2017, midnight

Give politics a rest

Imagine, if you will, a world where politics isn't discussed on a per-minute basis. Imagine, too, that people – on average – lead happier lives because they aren't inundated with political coverage. The news is there to inform and emphasize, to the fullest extent, every story they publish.

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Mon., March 13, 2017, midnight

Krauthammer omitted fact

Regarding the March 4 Charles Krauthammer column, "States checking president reassuring": He notes that the singular victory of the "Democratic-run states" from their injunction against Trump's executive travel ban order has emboldened them to join together to oppose Trump administration measures.

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Mon., March 13, 2017, midnight

Proud of CMR's leadership

To those who criticize Cathy McMorris Rodgers for not standing up to Trump, and for pushing a right-wing agenda, I say – go girl. She has criticized Trump when he deserved criticism and she has made a point to call for unity when others are causing divisions.

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Mon., March 13, 2017, midnight

Reject GOP plan

Paul Ryan, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and congressional Republicans are poised to make changes to the Affordable Care Act that are a direct assault on the most vulnerable people in our community. They plan to substantially reduce support for state-based Medicaid expansion, which will reduce access for the desperately poor. For the working poor they plan to replace subsidies based on income with tax credits and tax-free savings accounts based on age.

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Mon., March 13, 2017, midnight

Steves gets political

My husband and I attended the Rick Steves talk sponsored by KSPS. We were looking forward to an evening with friends and learning about travel and a glimpse of the world through Steves' experienced eyes. The first hour of his talk did not disappoint. The second portion of his talk began with an overhead picture of a group of people (he pointed out, not unlike his audience) but in the background were two very large swastikas.

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Mon., March 13, 2017, midnight

Support life, chastity

Regarding Mary Nabor's Feb. 4 letter concerning women's rights addressed to Stephanie Cates, chairwoman of the Republican Party: I wish to respond to three of her concerns.First, there is nothing right about abortion, nor is it a choice. My heart ...

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