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SUNDAY, DEC. 10, 2017

Sun., Dec. 10, 2017

Council overreaches

There they go again, the Spokane City Council interjecting itself into an area it should not.The council voted 5-2 to approve the displacement or elimination of a box on an application asking if the applicant has a prior police record ...

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Sun., Dec. 10, 2017

Don't silence entrepeneurs

The City Council is currently studying an ordinance that will prohibit campaign contributions from contractors that do work for the city. It's important to note, it doesn't matter how much I donate, if I'm not the low bidder on a project I don't get the work. As a voter, I would much rather support a candidate who will improve our infrastructure, update our streets and make our city a better place to live. I will not support a candidate who will tell me how to run my business, who I must hire and when I have to pay them for not working.

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Sun., Dec. 10, 2017

Media vs. women

Media have a bigger impact on women than on men. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter are all a part of this since they tend to advertise certain bodies that people wish they had. The average weight of a female runway model is about 115 pounds, while the average American woman weighs 162.9 pounds; see the big difference?

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Sun., Dec. 10, 2017

Tax plan is lunacy

I can't help but wonder which corporations are so deserving of permanent giant tax cuts that we are willing to risk domestic programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance in order to subsidize their corporate profits?

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SATURDAY, DEC. 9, 2017

Sat., Dec. 9, 2017

Cantwell obsessed

I watched the recent tax-cut debate on CNN. Sen. Maria Cantwell is so obsessed that the top 1 percenters do not get a tax decrease that she wants no one to get a tax decrease.

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Sat., Dec. 9, 2017

Media role appalling

I have had a difficult time trying to assess clearly the proliferating charges of sexual harassment. In the first place, the misbehavior is harassment, not sexuality and certainly not gender. Sex and gender have to do with human nature and are beyond the law. Secondly, the misbehavior, wrong-headed and lamentable though it may be, is varying in degrees of harassment, but it is always the salacious bits that drive the story. Third, the charges are not made in court but in the media -- social, print and broadcast; the case is tried in media; the conviction and sentencing are pronounced in media. It may go a step too far to say the atmosphere is inquisitorial, but it smacks of vigilantism; it has the odor of the HUAC hearings of the 1950s.

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Sat., Dec. 9, 2017

Reality check on Trump

Craig Detmer's Nov. 27 letter ("Trump and Clinton") is revisionist history. He claims that Democrats ignored Clinton's accusers. However, Democrats noticed that Clinton came to agreements with the accusers, and Lewinsky was never an accuser. Democrats also note that Republicans, before Clinton, made clear excuses for Clarence Thomas.

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Sat., Dec. 9, 2017

SPS makes wise choice

I would like to commend District 81 (Spokane Public Schools) for its decision to build its sex education program in house, lesson by lesson. Although the Planned Parenthood "Get Real" program favored by some meets state standards, it appears to me to be a one-size-fits-all approach to sex education.

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Sat., Dec. 9, 2017

The usual scam

Here we are with politicians, namely the Republicans, trying to scrounge up yet another unearned gift for their rich campaign donors. We'll hear the usual lie about the religion of trickle-down and how it supposedly encourages the rich to reinvest their money and grow the economy, which as we have all seen, does not happen. It does not happen because it is just a gift, a giveaway, a freebie to those who already have more than enough.

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Sat., Dec. 9, 2017

Women have a voice

Sexual harassment has gone on forever. It has only now become public because one courageous woman after another has come forward. Enough is enough. As an older woman, I look back at the pat on the backside, a pinch here or there and can remember feeling irritated, but mostly disrespected. The man, on the other hand, snickered and somehow thought I felt flattered. I never felt empowered to say anything. Job security, humiliation and fear of reprisal were some of the reasons.

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THURSDAY, DEC. 7, 2017

Thu., Dec. 7, 2017

Educate about eating

Alcohol, drugs, safe sex and health foods are all taught in our high school classes, yet we tend to skip teaching our students about the disorder that has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Serious eating disorders affect 8 million Americans, yet 10 percent of Americans reach adulthood unaware of any type of the disorder. Having an education on this severe issue starting in high school can help children identify and prevent the symptoms of the disorder.

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Thu., Dec. 7, 2017

Nervous about #MeToo?

My question on all this "MeToo" is what are the non-celebrity offenders thinking about all of this? Are they nervous? Feeling guilty? Wondering if their name will be mentioned in the newspaper someday?

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Thu., Dec. 7, 2017

Sold out again

Cathy McMorris Rodgers sold us out once again on the Republican tax reform bill. According to a CNN report, an in-depth analysis reveals middle-class Americans will receive a modest reward for five years while the highest wealthy receive mega-benefits and tax relief into perpetuity. How long are you going to let this lady destroy us in every way: environmentally, voting for corporate giveaways, disastrous health bills and keeping us broke and downtrodden?

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Thu., Dec. 7, 2017

Tax cuts and Moore

I want to address two points today; one, that tax cuts cost government revenue and add to the deficit, and two, that Judge Moore needs to get out of the race because he has been accused of sexual abuse. I disagree on both.

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6, 2017

Wed., Dec. 6, 2017

Bad role models

Talk about a paradox. It is amazing people are outraged and jumping on the bandwagon reporting and condemning sexual predation by Charlie Rose, congressmen and other prominent people. In the meantime the entertainment industry is actively promoting a generational culture of sexual predation.

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