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SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017

SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017

Allow private stewardship

Rich Landers pretends to address the issue of public lands, but one entity he ignores is ownership by people. Why not give Joe Sixpack a shot at the 60 percent of Idaho currently monopolized by federal bureaucrats? Personally, I prefer the little guy, the father who takes his gun and goes afield with this kid burns sweet incense to the country I love.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017

Canada takes the lead

In November 2015, I applauded Canada for its commitment to take in more refugees. The time has come to reaffirm Trudeau's compassionate and visionary leadership. By welcoming the refugees that my country's leaders are too afraid to allow in, Trudeau and Canada are setting a precedent of courage and embrace, while the U.S. leaders cower and seek some corrupted version of self-preservation.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017

Consider health of constituents

I am writing as a citizen concerned about our congresswoman, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and her opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Walking in lockstep with President Trump and his administration's opposition to the Affordable Care Act will harm some of the people I care about most in the world.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017

Don't track drivers

It is interesting to hear Gov. Inslee's reaction to President Trump's executive order on immigration. He is quite outraged and vocal in his condemnation, saying it goes against American values.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017

Natural rights overlooked

There may be many like Sylvia Gobel (Feb. 7 letter) who mistakenly think that the U.S. federal government is a democracy, and that arbitrary "dissent is the highest form of patriotism." Please, thoughtfully and honestly study the U.S. Constitution and American history. You'll find the federal government is a republic, and American patriotism is dissent against tyranny.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017

Press is hypocritical

It is now an art form for the press to pounce on every misspoken word from the Trump administration. The press made an issue about the fact that Press Secretary Sean Spicer said there was a terrorist attack in Atlanta. Spicer is reported to have said, "I don't think you have to look any further than the families of the Boston Marathon, in Atlanta, in San Bernardino to ask if we can go further." Gee, do you suppose Spicer was thinking of Orlando and said Atlanta instead, just maybe?

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SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017

Stop campaigning

President Trump's rant about the "so-called" federal judge who ruled against his travel ban undermines his legitimacy as our president. In my mind, President Trump is now President Tweet. He is still campaigning for the office that he now holds. I don't think he has any intention to actually lead the executive branch.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017

Suuport Medicare for All

The Republicans in Congress wish to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but have not been able to create a decent replacement. Right now HR 676 in Congress would replace it with Medicare for All, single-payer, universal health care.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017

Thoughts, feelings, beliefs

I was pleased to read Rob Curley's column in the Feb. 8 paper explaining his, and this paper's, commitment to reporting accurate news. I was especially pleased to read the distinction he made between facts and beliefs, but I do not believe it went far enough.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017

Trump wants GDP growth

For eight years, we watched as Obama's lax immigration policies led to tens of millions of homeless, jobless, penniless foreigners with few skills stampeding into America. Similarly, his ultra-high taxes on corporations and wealthy entrepreneurs sent precious investment capital stampeding our of America.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017

U.S. overpopulated

Once America was occupied by Native Americans we called "Indians." Travelers from other continents moved here. In time, a "tidal wave" of peoples wanted what Native Americans had-a spacious land with resources, and the "Indians" were swept away by a "human tidal wave."

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SATURDAY, FEB. 25, 2017

Widen dental access

In response to the editorial "Don't neglect dental coverage proposal": People of all ages need regular dental care so they can enjoy a lifetime of good health. But contrary to your recent editorial, we still have a long way to go before all kids are free of unnecessary suffering.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017

FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017

Confirmation process OK

Regarding the Feb. 4 letter from the MacPhees ("Murray should resign"): In 2016. Sen. Patty Murray won a fifth term, defeating opponent Chris Vance with 60 percent of the vote. The election is over; she is doing her job.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017

Madsen's thinking muddy

Thanks for Rob Curley's refreshing Feb. 8 article pointing out the important difference between fact and belief and how they are often misused as if they were interchangeable. Curley's analysis is a good guide for clear-eyed perception and thinking, and essential for objective reporting or rational op-ed columns.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 24, 2017

Move past divisiveness

Bravo to Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers on her Time op-ed about bridging the political divide, and kudos to her for embracing bipartisanship and practicing her own advice: to see unity and end divisiveness.

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