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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017

THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017

Competition in education

We see all the teachers, who are union members, complaining about Donald Trump's secretary of education nominee, Betsy DeVos, because she supports charter and private schools receiving taxpayer money when student's parents choose to send them to an alternative to the public school system. Then we see all these college students rioting and protesting Trump because their college professors have been indoctrinating them toward the left while in school.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017

'Lab error' demeaning

My heart goes out to the parents of the baby born with acute lymphoblastic leukemia ("Newborn fights to beat leukemia," Jan. 29). I pray for the baby's healing. I volunteer at the Inland NorthWest Blood Center. We will be having a blood drive too at the Coeur d'Alene location.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017

Track congressional votes

I completely agree with John Thielbahr's letter of Jan. 26. The Spokesman-Review needs to do a better job of informing local voters by publishing the votes of our Congressional representatives.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017

Comedy of errors not funny

Whether for or against the refugee and travel ban, in its construction and implementation, it has asimilarity to the 1971 humorous film, "The Gang Who Couldn't Shoot Straight."The difference is that when considering presidential adviser Stephen Bannon or the executive ...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017

Embarrassed by protests

Have any of the protesters who blocked airline passengers or, perhaps, ambulances rushing to heart attack victims, police en-route to a child injured by a runaway driver, firemen rushing to a blazing high-rise or a family wanting to visit the park, thought how much better their time could have been spent had they contacted their local immigrant-refugee agency and volunteered to assist present and future refugee arrivals? They could be gathering furniture/household items, teaching them how to navigate the bus system, enrolling their children comfortably in school, extending a hand of friendship by taking them to a local coffee shop and helping them with conversational English?

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15, 2017

Just smoke and mirrors

Let's begin with an old term that seems particularly poignant at this point in time. "Red herring" is a kind of fallacy that is an irrelevant topic in an argument to divert the attention of listeners or readers from the original issue.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017

TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017

Dignified communication

Whew, that was close. America has been spared the horror of Hillary Clinton using her personal email account from the White House. Any true conservative knows electronic communications from the president require the utmost in diplomacy and discretion.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017

Haskell didn't co-author column

I did not co-author the guest column in The Spokesman-Review that was published on Feb. 11 ("Sexual assault victims deserve equal protection"). Neither did I give my permission for my name to be attached to the contents of the letter.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017

Public education valued

In his inaugural address, President Trump complained that Americans suffer with "an education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge."My beautiful young son went to school in the East Valley School ...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 14, 2017

Reps must find courage

On Jan. 27, International Holocaust Day, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' memorial statement invoked the USA's unique global role: "We remain today what we have always been: the last, best hope for mankind." I am bowled over by the irony of this claim in the context of last week's executive actions.

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MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017

MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017

6th graders in middle school

Sixth-graders should be attending middle, not elementary schools. Young adolescence is a time of rapid intellectual, physical, social and emotional changes, and middle school staffs are not only specifically trained to handle it, they enjoy it.

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MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2017

What to tell children?

Here's a proposal. Set out these three comparisons for your school-age children to look at. Two photographs showing two inauguration crowds (Obama 2009, Trump 2017) taken from the same perspective; two bar graphs showing total subway ridership (Obama 2009, Trump 2017) for two inaugurations; and two numbers that represent television viewership (Obama 2009, Trump 2017) for two inaugurations.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

Contract out health care

President Trump has promised to replace Obamacare with "something terrific." As there is yet no clue as to what this something is, I would like to offer my suggestion.The World Health Organization in 2016 ranks the U.S. health system performance ...

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SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

Enforce fines for businesses that don't clear sidewalks

If the city needs more money to do a better job of clearing the streets, why not enforce fines for businesses not clearing the sidewalks in front of their buildings? I have witnessed mothers with young children and the elderly trying to navigate sidewalks of doctors' and dentists' offices, retirement homes and apartment complexes on 29th Avenue, where no attempt has been made to plow. One mother was into the street with a stroller!

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Blogs

Do you still have yours?

A friend passed along this nearly pristine little treasure. My favorite entry? It might be the groovy full-page ad for Up With People on page 63.


Parting Shot — 4.22.17

Scenic artists Rick Roberts, right, and Dena D'angelo of Local 800 move Oscar statues out of the sun on Wednesday in Los Angeles. The 89th Academy Awards will be held ...


Pre-K hearing: ‘The evidence is compelling’

From a longtime judge to a kindergarten teacher from Kuna to the state’s lieutenant governor, from a school superintendent from Idaho City to a bank chairman from Pocatello, an array ...