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MONDAY, AUG. 7, 2017

Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

End the Monore diet

Road diet means limiting the amount of traffic. It is quite clear why Monroe Street businesses are against the proposed road diet, the greater percentage of businesses along this section is autocentric, depending on traffic for their livelihood. The City Council and Streets Department have effectively given their middle finger to these businesses using false estimations of the amount of traffic, and the eventual loss of traffic after the changes are made to Monroe Street.

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Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Fees for train passage

We used to live near the Flora and Trent railroad crossing. The noise made it impossible to get a good night's sleep; nor could we open our windows at night or sit on our patio. When my wife was diagnosed with cancer, the doctor told us a good night's sleep was a must in order for the chemo etc., to be effective. He suggested that we move- we did. The cost for realtor fees, closing costs, and moving was 49K.

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Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Fix "Hirst" First

It's crucial to have the ESSB 5239– the Hirst water wells fix - passed in the House as it has been four times in the Senate. The House is bent on representing the whims of Ecology, Gov. Inslee, Speaker Chopp and the environmental cartel.

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Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Has to be mail solution

In response to "Officials seek solutions to mail stoppage" (July 27):With the abundance of our laws, I have to believe there is one that makes it a crime to threaten a federal employee. If there is such a law, Mr. ...

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Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Keep Trump for now

For the first time, I heard impeachment mentioned in the media. I did not vote for Trump, nor do I understand how anyone can support someone who seems more interested in himself than what is best for this country. However, I think he needs to stay in the at least until 2019, before he is fired.

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Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Lakeland mischaracterized

The Disability Rights Washington report on Lakeland Village, as depicted in a July 20 article, is not an accurate description. The people living at Lakeland, their parents and guardians, are pleased with the care and services Lakeland Village provides; all want the care and services to continue. Residents of Lakeland are not inmates. They are not forced to live there. Many residents require more intensive care than is available in community settings. The staff of Lakeland Village has never failed to correct issues found by auditors. That is an admirable record.

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Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Legislature crosses line

Deana Brower, school board member, was dismayed by "automated petition blasts." She wanted to hear from local constituents about sex education. Well, here I am. I am a retired teacher who taught mainly seventh-grade in public schools. Ever wonder why home-schooling has become popular? It is because the state government is dictating to parents what they must teach their children. I always thought parents were the first educators of their children and that teachers were there to help them.

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Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Madsen misses point

Sue Lani Madsen's health care points about irresponsible lifestyles are valid yet moot (July 29 column).The need for Obamacare arose from the reality that private sector workers (the working poor) particularly have little or no health coverage in their jobs, ...

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Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Medicare is way forward

True to form, Sue Lani Madsen has again created more confusion than enlightenment on health care reform (July 29 column). International documents declaring food, shelter, health care, etc. human rights are not calling for legal enforceability, but rather that properly functioning governments should do their best to ensure that everyone has reasonably available and affordable access to quality goods and services that make life possible and potentially fulfilling. This interpretation is also consistent with the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, which includes promotion of the general welfare, and the Declaration of Independence, which specifies the right to life and the pursuit of happiness.

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Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Monkey business

If, as Jim Barbieri writes (July 31 letter), Donald Trump is ever compared to Ronald Reagan, it will not be for the latter's time in the White House, but for his role in "Bedtime For Bonzo."

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Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

More of the same

Repeal is dead. Now up, replace, which won't last long because if they're not synonymic - one, at the least, infers the other. So now it's on to the third R: repair. The new buzzword was spoken by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi mere moments after the crash took place and the flames were yet to be extinguished, which leads one to believe that the anticipatory rhetorical skills of the Dems remain undiminished.

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Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

'Pinocchio in chief'

We've had some presidents who stretched the truth but none like the current occupant, who has transformed lying into an art form.Close to six months in office, his claim that he had signed more bills (42) than "any president ever" ...

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Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Politics boosts vocabulary

As a result of reading about recent events and listening to political commentaries I have learned a lot of cool new words, like:Dystopia -- a country or society where everything has gone to hell. President Trump described the U.S. in ...

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Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Root of homelessness

Until we can identify the root causes of chronic homelessness and link such causes to dollars spent, we will continue to spend dollars wastefully on its symptoms and not these causes.

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Mon., Aug. 7, 2017

Scout speech disappointed

I am an Eagle scout who attended the 1973 National Boy Scouts of America jamboree in Coeur d'Alene. It was one of the highlights of my scouting career. I was very disappointed to see the president waste his welcoming speech talking about petty politics and his political agenda. Instead of motivating the thousands of young people who will shape our world, he breaks years of tradition to make the jamboree a campaign rally.

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