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FRIDAY, JAN. 5, 2018

Republican tax bill clever

The Republican tax bill is a clever piece of legislation. Faced with having to sell a plan that most Americans are totally against, Congress came up with an idea: Provide a small temporary give-back to most of the public while at the same time hide a bountiful permanent give-away to a few people who honestly do not need it.

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The Bosch lot

Your Bosch lot story ("City sees new vertical horizon for lot," Dec. 10) contains errors.First, the federal government (not state) granted funds for Central Riverfront Park to complement Expo '74, stipulating the land be used for outdoor recreation. Now we ...

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Automatic Paygo Act

Rep. McMorris Rodgers, in her Dec. 18 letter to constituents, stated opponents "claim our (tax) bill will trigger automatic (Medicare and Social Security) spending cuts under the statutory PAYGO Act ... while we cannot exclude programs from automatic spending cuts directly in the tax bill due to complicated budget reconciliation rules, we will work to fix this after passage."

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Banning words, banning truth

I have watched the Trump administration assault on science this past year with great concern.Apparently they are not satisfied with insisting on their own set of facts, but now they are trying to remove terms/words that the Centers for Disease ...

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GOP donors happy

I am writing to express my deep concern with, and opposition to, the GOP tax bill. With more than three-quarters of the tax benefits going to the top 20 percent of taxpayers and foreign investors, this is not truly a bill designed for the average American.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 2, 2018

Another Il Duce

Our service people killed or horribly wounded in combat during World War II and the Cold War conflicts would surely be horrified at the state of our government today.Citizens of those conflicts still with us must be truly dismayed that ...

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Build the smelter in Pend Oreille County

It would be very good for working families in northeastern Washington if the proposed silicon smelter is constructed. Opportunities for investment that provide a substantial number of living-wage jobs don't come along very often in rural areas. Modern permitting and regulatory requirements necessitate minimal environmental degradation and risk. Companies make great efforts to stay in compliance. There is bound to be opposition to this kind of development, but I hope the value of this investment will not be disregarded.

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MONDAY, JAN. 1, 2018

An email from Cathy McMorris Rodgers

I'm on Cathy McMorris Rodgers' e-mailing list and sometimes comment as a constituent on Facebook. Her most recent email was titled, "Protecting Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security." I read it carefully. She said that there was a lot of fear-mongering going on about the Republican tax bill. I read her letter a second time.

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A Sincere Thank You

"I want to thank you Americans for what you did for us."Those are the words spoken by a small, thin Vietnamese lady recently speaking to 40-plus members of the Valley Kiwanis. Born in Vietnam in 1948, she began her 30-minute ...

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BNSF advertisement

I had to smile when I read the advertisement for the BNSF Railway in the December 17 Spokesman-Review. The full-page advertisement, entitled "On The Right Track," touted numerous attributes for moving freight by rail. Among them was "cut particulate matter emissions by nearly 50%". Yikes, I did the math on that and realized that half of infinity is infinity.

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GOP destroyed Affordable Care Act

Today the GOP destroyed the Affordable Care Act by axing the mandate that people must buy health insurance or pay a penalty. Insurance only works if risks and costs are spread over the population. Giving the "takers" an out means the whole thing will collapse and the GOP knows that. Now they will try to Band-aid it until the midterm elections are past, hoping it will save their sorry backsides. Then when the outlay to keep the Band-aid applied is too great, they will start gutting all programs that enable the non-rich to acquire health care and survive on their Social Security.

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Kudos to Street Department Director

What a pleasant surprise to wake up recently after the snow plows had come through overnight and not have a mountain of snow and ice left in my driveway. Kudos to new Street Department Director Gary Kaesemeyer for bringing back the driveway boots for clearing driveways.

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SUNDAY, DEC. 31, 2017

AMA and nurse practitioners

There's an aphorism that goes, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme." Early Christianity didn't fear witches, because they felt their god was stronger. However, Europe being hit by plagues meant women had to leave the home and help with jobs. When the populations again grew, men wanted their power back and so charged strong, intelligent women with witchcraft -- to put them "back where they belong."

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Ask the right questions

In her Dec. 13 column, Trudy Rubin tells us she is going to Israel to try to find out if a solution to the peace process is possible. She will be questioning Israelis and also Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank. She ends her column by asking readers to send her any questions they would like her to ask while she is there.

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Burden of student debt

On November 30, The Spokesman-Review featured a timely article on the "debt of becoming a doctor". It stated that, in 2016 the median debt of medical students four years after graduation was $190,000. While this excessive, it begs for comparison with the median debt incurred by family members four years after graduation from public universities. Since 1952, the annual cost of tuition for a public college/university education has increased at least 50-fold.

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Where’s Santa? NORAD is tracking him here

For decades the folks at the North American Aerospace Defense Command have kept track of Santa Claus as part of their duties of watching anything that comes over the North ...