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Worried about straws?

Really? Everyone is worried about 500 million straws used per day in the U.S.? They do not compare to the 20 billion disposable diapers that go into U.S. landfills each year introducing pathogens, methane gas and toxins that can and do leach into our drinking water.

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Order over chaos

In Shawn Vestal's July 4 romp around the pasture of idealism ("Civility isn't always right path to take"), he makes a few points using history. His version of history, anyway.

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The importance of family

Most Americans cannot relate to the lives of our sisters and brothers who live in Third World countries. Though only occasionally traveling overseas, we often select Europe as our destination – a cruise on the Danube, or a trip to Italy. Thus, imagining what it is like to live in real poverty is almost incomprehensible.

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Abortion is separation

Why all the selective righteous indignation over children being temporarily separated from their illegal alien parents and not a word about aborted babies being permanently separated from their parents, opportunities, freedoms and life? Oh, wait. Now that it is time to appoint a new Supreme Court justice, there are many words about abortion.

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An inspiring letter

Dave McCann (Letters, 7/3/18) is absolutely entitled to his opinion and to express it the way he prefers. When he says "Ms. Brown is the candidate of the hysterical left ..." the unmistakable impression is that Dave wants us to believe that there is such a thing as "the hysterical left" and that if you support Lisa Brown you are "one of those people."

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CMR's broken moral compass

In her June 22 newsletter our congresswoman celebrates the House's passage of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The first 20 percent of the newsletter describes a standard, needed and delayed Farm Bill; but the remaining 80 percent is a spin-laden description of modifications to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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Public defender system abused

This letter is written in response to "Citing bulging caseloads, public defenders' chief delays handling of felonies" (Jonathan Glover, June 30, 2018).People accused of a crime have a right to an attorney. Public defenders are supposed to defend those who ...

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TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018

Brown and free speech

In her June 23 Guest Opinion, Lisa Brown advocates overturning the Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision.Citizens United, a political advocacy group, wanted to purchase advertising promoting an anti-Hillary film within 30 days of the 2008 Democratic primary. Provisions of ...

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Orwell wouldn't approve

I take exception to Rob Leach's use of a George Orwell quote in an attempt to attack political correctness (June 30, "One-sided freedom of speech"). I would suggest he has misread "Animal Farm." Orwell wrote the book as an allegorical satire of the Russian revolt against the tyranny of the czars, to Stalin's even more damaging, totalitarian regime. He warns about the danger of consolidation of power, manipulation of truth and gullibility of people.

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MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018

Isn't it time?

Isn't it time? Isn't it time our two political parties stop whining over who and who didn't win, and who talked to whom?I've discovered the best part of the Spokesman-Review is found on the front of page 3. It's there ...

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Reject Trump's nominees

Since taking office, the Trump-Pence administration has been pushing policies that take away the rights of people of color, LGBTQ people, and women. They've allowed employers to deny birth control coverage to their employees, cut teen pregnancy prevention programs, taken away protections for sexual assault survivors, tried to block women from getting care at Planned Parenthood, and promoted abstinence-only programs. Now, with Justice Kennedy's decision to retire from the Supreme Court of the United States, Trump is using this vacancy to further his extreme agenda.

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SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2018

Brown ignores privacy law

As a privacy-conscious voter, imagine my dismay to recently receive an unsolicited text message from "Lin," who represented herself as a volunteer with the Lisa Brown for Congress campaign. The message was under the guise of asking my opinion on the issues of the day.

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Campaign ads offer lesson

TV campaigns are a lesson of their own.Lisa Brown in her TV ad says "You can get more done by working with people. That's a lesson Congress could use today."Minutes later, Cathy McMorris Rodgers pops up on the screen, approving ...

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CMR aides did the talking

The first time I met Cathy was nine years ago at her Spokane office and I was amazed at how uninformed she was on educational issues. Her aide, at the time, did most of the talking.

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Duped into fear

Thanks to Shawn Vestal and the Spokesman-Review we have the real information about the supposed immigration crisis. Without someone willing to do actual research and a paper willing and able to publish it, the citizens of this country would continue to be duped by its leaders. There is no crisis, and the numbers prove that undocumented immigration is far less than it was in 2000 – 80 percent less, in fact.

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A favorite All-Star game memory

I had heard my older brother laugh harder. But not many times. We were watching the 1968 baseball All-Star game on TV. It was being played in Houston's Astrodome. At ...