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SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

NSC moves senseless

It makes no sense to demote four-star Marine Gen. Joseph "Fighting Joe" Dunford from the National Security Council into on-call status and replace his permanent status with a former Navy lieutenant with seven years of experience. Gen. Dunford is the defense chief of staff who has 40 years of military experience, including commands in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

Russian attitude unsurprising

I think the guest opinion by John Hagney ("Trump faces master manipulator in Putin," Feb. 5) requires a reaction. In 1962 the administration of President Kennedy was willing to go to war over the Soviet intention to place missiles in Cuba. Now we should be outraged about the Russian Federation's resistance to NATO's expansion including missiles practically all around her border? We should condemn the annexation of Crimea after a lawless power grab in Ukraine? The Black Sea defense of Russia is not possible without Crimea. Taking Crimea also prevented the bloodshed that we still see in the Donbas and Luhansk areas.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

Snow removal questionable

Since the November election, I have been questioning our values. Thus it is no surprise that as I walk to work, slipping and sliding, I see the lots plowed at businesses and government offices. Yet, the sidewalks remain full of snow and ice. And for our disabled, they either must venture into the streets (crossing the streets of Spokane, even in crosswalks is an adventure with fate), or be stuck at the end of blocks (is that how they got their name)?

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SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

Taking positive action

On the afternoon of Jan. 20, I held a tea in my home for 12 women who came dressed in black and wearing badges, which read "This Nasty Woman lives on." We came together to help each other deal with the grief we were feeling as a result of Barack and Michelle Obama leaving the White House and Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton, taking the oath of office earlier that day.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

Trash at DAPL shocking

I was shocked to see pictures of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest site. It is a virtual garbage dump left by the very people who were protesting to protect the land and water.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

Trump effect is scary

It's a dream come true for terrorists. Without any effort of their own, they have been given the best recruiting tool possible: the U.S. president.One constant of Donald Trump's egomaniacal, unstable behavior is belief that he can intimidate anyone to ...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

Trump has improved

Early on in the 2015-16 presidential campaign trail, Donald Trump's countenance, demeanor, speech and mannerisms were admittedly a little rough, and perhaps still are. But the improvement he has made over the months has been, to me anyway, impressive - so much that I believe he has a chance of becoming one of our nation's all-time greatest presidents. For heaven's sake, everyone, let's start supporting and encouraging him.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

Vestal minimizes wage impact

In Shawn Vestal's recent column on the many benefits of higher minimum wage, he quoted a study by Purdue University that said a jump from the current minimum wage of $7.25 to $15 wage would only raise the price of a Big Mac by 16 cents. As my Irish grandfather would say, that's a bunch of malarkey.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

Voice displeasure

Prosperity is not a partisan issue. It benefits all of us. When our elected officials promote policies that harm our prosperity, we need to voice our displeasure.Donald Trump has withdrawn our country from the TPP. The Washington Council on International ...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

Where are open hearts?

On Jan. 29, by President Trump's selective executive order, thoroughly vetted refugees and legal Muslim residents with visas, passports and green cards were unconstitutionally denied entry to America, rendering the words on the Statue of Liberty a bald-faced lie.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

Better approach on abortion

Sue Lani Madsen has voiced a strong "no" to abortion. Here is what she is saying "yes" to: Interfering in a most personal and painful decision for any woman. Increasing the burden of too many babies for developing country women in poverty. Increasing the chance a young girl will be mistreated by parents for getting pregnant, or curtailing a young girl's life dreams by having parents make her keep the baby. Increasing the deaths of girls who are desperate and use unsafe methods, and promoting births of kids not wanted or well cared for.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

Court editorial misses mark

Regarding the Feb. 2 editorial by Bloomberg View, I agree Neil Gorsuch should get a fair shake, but blaming the GOP for "trashing an important Democratic norm" in holding up Obama's Supreme Court pick is utterly false and laughably hypocritical.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

Grow up, wear a helmet

State Sen. Sharon Brown wants to make motorcycle helmets optional (Jan. 30 article). She is another clueless legislator, thinking some fools' "personal freedom" should impinge upon safety and medical costs for all citizens. We don't just have manufacturing safety laws for cars and motorcycles, we have seatbelt and helmet laws. They matter.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

Lockstep tramples truth

In her recent appearance on Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers pleaded for unity. It is a common call. President Bush pledged to unite, not divide; President Obama followed suit. The bipartisan public is weary of the deeply divided, dysfunctional political system.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

News like Mad magazine

I am so proud of our national House of Representatives. This evening I came home and read the news. Today, the House has repealed Obama's law, which prevented mentally ill people from buying guns. How dare Obama try to keep mentally unstable people from buying guns.

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