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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2017

Wed., Sept. 6, 2017

No more Doug Clark?

I once subscribed to the newspaper for the news, but lately, more for the Jumble and crossword puzzles, sports page, comics, and Doug Clark!Pretty soon all that will be left is the weather page and TV listings.I'll miss you, Doug.Charlotte ...

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Wed., Sept. 6, 2017

On the right track?

Montana Rail Link derailed another coal train, sending several thousand tons of coal near or into the Clark Fork River near the confluence with Lake Pend Oreille. Thirty miles southeast is Sandpoint, Idaho, where BNSF wants to put in a new bridge across Lake Pend Oreille.

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Wed., Sept. 6, 2017

Peach is at hand

When I saw the Aug. 27 headline typo "Peach marchers flood Barcelona," it made me chuckle. I had just bought a box of peaches to share with family and neighbors. I am so glad I didn't have to march all the way to Barcelona to get those peaches. I believe mine were Washington-grown.

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Wed., Sept. 6, 2017

Speech is protected

My knowledge of the student sit-in at WSU is secondhand, from what I read in the Daily News and The Spokesman Review. The Daily News reported that the students at the sit-in "argued for a differentiation between speech and hate speech, which would not be protected under the law." This is a false statement. The Supreme Court, most recently in Matal v. Tam (2017), has ruled that there is no "hate speech" exception to the First Amendment. The Spokesman Review said only that the students "asked for a clear policy defining free speech and hate speech." There seems to be no purpose to doing so, since hate speech is protected speech.

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Wed., Sept. 6, 2017

S-R in the silo

The Aug. 20 S-R editorial, "Variety of views remains our mission," suggests that the "Opinion section is meant to reflect a variety of viewpoints" and further, the editorial board urges people to "venture outside the silo."

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Wed., Sept. 6, 2017

Statues celebrate bigotry

Sue Lani Madsen's well-reasoned argument (Aug. 26 column) for leaving statues commemorating controversial historical figures as "teaching opportunities" ignores one inescapable fact: statues commemorating Confederate history are already educational instruments -- instruments that teach that racism and bigotry are not only permissible but that they are to be celebrated, honored and emulated.

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Wed., Sept. 6, 2017

Storm's cause submerged

To watch the nonstop cable coverage of the unprecedented damage of Hurricane Harvey on Houston, you might think its cataclysmic fury had no discernible cause. Maybe it's just bad luck that a 500-year storm struck Houston — the third 500-year storm to strike there in the last three years. You might think that, considering so few reports on predictions by climate scientists since the 1970s that such megastorms were coming, and that when they arrived they would only grow in intensity if we did not control our emissions of CO2. Those scientists were mocked then, and are mocked now.

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Wed., Sept. 6, 2017

Visit this wall

President Trump, come with me to the Vietnam War Memorial. For many, the Wall is a frame of reference from which to consider and contemplate life and life choices both as a society and as an individual.

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Wed., Sept. 6, 2017

We are our history

Seeing empty bases, with statues missing, made me think. They're pictures of something else that is increasingly missing in our country.America is the total of all its history: good-bad, pleasant-unpleasant, fair-unfair. Removal from our memory of any part of our ...

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Wed., Sept. 6, 2017

Welcome, criminals

Are you a criminal? Have you had it with states like Texas, Alabama, Arkansas and Montana that have punitive criminal justice laws and felony supervision, which actually holds you accountable for your behavior?

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Wed., Sept. 6, 2017

Why the tabloid headline?

Is The Spokesman to become the Enquirer of the Inland Empire? I was surprised and shocked by the huge black and red headline of Aug. 25 ("Is the taxman cyberstalking you? Yes"), which startled me and caused me grave concern. This type of headline could fan the flames of anger in misguided or deranged people who start riots or harm people. The incidents at Stimson Hall at WSU recently demonstrate the issue and problem. This headline gave the impression that something was to be revealed that would startle and surprise me. Not so.

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 1, 2017

Fri., Sept. 1, 2017

Americans first

When will the Republican leadership and lawmakers stop thinking of themselves as Republicans first and return to thinking of themselves as Americans first?Donald O. CapstickSpokane

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Fri., Sept. 1, 2017

Cancer in White House

I can't wait for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' next endorsement of Trump. When it was his incompetence, she rushed in with "Give him a chance." When it was his detrimental, destructive and harmful actions, she backed him with, "We need a disruptor to change our government."

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Fri., Sept. 1, 2017

CMR being politically safe

It seems we are at a moral crossroads here, and it is time for courage and clarity. If Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is at all disapproving of President Trump's handling of the office, she must speak out against him to preserve her dignity and honor, as several fellow Republicans have done.

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Fri., Sept. 1, 2017

Monroe project a positive

I do not understand all of the opposition to the North Monroe Corridor project. As it currently stands, North Monroe is a speeding thoroughfare that is not conducive to stop and shop. Making it easier to park, safer to get out of your car and safer to walk to a shop can only be good for business. Other than the inconvenience of the construction period, I see this as a positive for the businesses along the North Monroe corridor, especially those who don't have off street parking.

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