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TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016

Why not control cars?

Traffic deaths rose by 7.7 percent in 2015 to 35,200, which is the highest number of people killed on U.S. roads since 2008 and the highest percentage since 1966, according to a report from the government and reviewed by Reuters. This amounts to over 96 people per day.

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MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016

Block ISIS videos

I read with great interest the story touting the technology to filter pornographic websites. Why, I asked myself, don't the web masters implement the same technology to filter ISIS propaganda videos? Other than folks who are thinking about joining the group, who will miss the videos?

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NRA has grip on lawmakers

Twelve years ago Republicans let the assault weapons ban expire. That ban started in California when a man shot up a school yard with an AK-47. The ban is gone and it's water under the bridge, but I expect some accountability from Republicans who are controlled by the National Rifle Association.

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Wilson embodies common sense

In an election year filled with so much disappointment and frustration, we as voters have an option. And what would that be? The option is an honest common sense approach to representation for the 5th district. The candidate is Dave Wilson.

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SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2016

"Bodies" exhibit an insult

If you research the ABC News 20/20 report on "Bodies the Exhibition," you'll be disgusted and wonder why the Mobius Science Center would display individuals so you could see them skinned, trimmed and pickled in plastic.

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Comic strip out of bounds

I generally think highly of The Spokesman-Review, but I am astonished that your features editor would print the perverse and misogynistic "For Better or For Worse" cartoon featuring two young boys peeping into their friend's sister's bedroom window.

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Customers in the middle

In the July 14 article ("Providence declines renewal with Premera"), Premera states "stop putting the customer in the middle." The customer is always in the middle. Negotiations will help Premera decide the premiums to the clients and subsequently any co-pays. So to leave the customer out of the equation is not appropriate.

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Cynical obstruction

On the very night of Barack Obama's first inauguration, several Republican luminaries, including current House Speaker Paul Ryan, devised a strategy to make Obama a one-term president. In order to prevent Obama from accomplishing anything, they decided to oppose everything he supported, even if it had originally been proposed by Republicans.

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From Lincoln to Obama

Quote from President Abraham Lincoln to President Barack Obama: "I have no doubt of the power and duty of the executive, under the law of nation, to exclude enemies of the human race from asylum in the United States."

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Johnson the obvious choice

I received an email from the Drug Policy Alliance regarding the actions of the Republican Congressional leadership stripping from the final VA funding bill an amendment allowing veterans access to medical marijuana that had passed both the House and Senate. That email requested that I contact Speaker Paul Ryan, so I am sending email to request that he restore that amendment and also to explain why people like me have been driven out of the Republican Party.

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Pakootas better for vets

The 5th district has four candidates running against Cathy McMorris Rodgers for U.S. Congress. Of the six questions she was asked, she voted no three times and uncommitted for two. Other issues she has failed to support concern postal employees, the USPS and veterans.

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People are the problem

Memo to Democrats in Congress: When is the sit-in planned to draw attention to increasing controls on who may own or drive large vehicles? As a pedestrian, I'm afraid to walk down the streets and hope this new "vehicle" for terrorists will soon become highly regulated by Congress in order to make my walks safe again.

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Pull Clinton's clearance

Distracted, confused or diverted? That is what FBI Director James Comey is hoping for. But we're not that ignorant or stupid – are we?Did Hillary Clinton commit a felony? We know that ignorance of the law, or lack of intent, ...

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"Wake Up America"

The postman has just delivered a book. It is a book that would help me traverse this year's critical political arena. I immediately open its pages. If you are a concerned citizen, this book is a must-read as it describes the underlying philosophy of the two major political parties. It gives valuable information as you search for the best presidential candidate. It will help you decide. There is a lot at stake.

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Why the Ginsburg uproar?

I don't understand the uproar over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's comments/opinion pointing out Trump's non-qualifications to run for the highest office in the land. At least she had the guts to tell it like it is. She iterated what some GOP leaders are fearful of voicing in public. They fear facing the blowback and loss of elected office if their views were to be made public. I say that Justice Bader Ginsburg has more intestinal fortitude than some career politicians.

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