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SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2018

Who are the turkeys?

The Aug. 30 Spokesman-Review featured a story on the exploding turkey population on the South Hill and problems it is causing. The article describes unsuccessful efforts of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to address the overpopulation. It further notes that turkeys are not native to our region and that initial efforts to introduce them did not succeed. It was only when WDWF "teamed with the National Wild Turkey Federation for an aggressive introduction program" that success was achieved.

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Who will it be?

In November, you will elect somebody and send them off to Washington, D.C., to represent you and your friends and family. Will it be the marionette of the marauder in Washington, who represents the party who pledges to make the rich richer and the poor poorer?

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Another 'regulation' canard

Regarding Sue Lani Madsen's "Finding Labor Day 'sweet spot' no picnic" (Sept. 1, 2018).This seemingly "reasonable" argument for less regulations is centered around one point of patently absurd logic that Madsen explicitly states: Anyone wanting to start a business must ...

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Christian the qualified choice

Leonard Christian and I have worked together as realtors since he retired from the Air Force in 2005, and he knows the Spokane real estate market. My business is extremely important to me and Leonard is one of just a few agents I have trusted to cover for me when I am out of town. He is a consistent professional who takes pride in even the smallest details and treats everyone with kindness and respect.

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Denounce hateful officials

I am very concerned about the vile rhetoric coming from state Rep. Matt Shea, 4th Legislative District. Mr. Shea repeatedly says the "left is persecuting, terrorizing, and smearing Christians about health care and abortion," without any evidence for such hideous accusations.

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Misleading tax statistics

A recent letter titled "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" (Spokesman-Review, Sept. 2), that erroneously concludes "This tax cut benefits the middle class," is a classic example of grossly misleading statistics like those used by Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

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Misogyny isn't good taste

I was looking through the Spokesman the other morning when I read something that nearly made me spit out my organically sourced, fair trade coffee.It was in a letter to the editor ("Coffee house not to my taste," Jake Laete, ...

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Schools and pools

Opportunity. Webster defines it as "a favorable time." What a nice word. Our city could have used it as a beacon.Watching the building of and the dismantling of the North Pines Middle School has been fun. Therefore I was eager ...

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Spokanites at the wheel

The article about the ranking of Spokane's drivers in today's Spokesman-Review ("Spokane drops to 103rd in driver rankings," Aug. 31, 2018) did not surprise me one bit. One only needs to venture out in one's car to witness the careless driving prevalent in our city — lack of use of turn signals, speeding to overtake a line of cars and "be first," cutting one off at intersections, etc.

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Supporting the homeless

In response to Catholic Charities spending $380,000 a year on staffing security patrols and cleaning crews to constantly hose the sidewalk, clean graffiti, sweep up garbage and drug paraphernalia at their homeless shelters... would it not be a money- and dignity-saving venture to have the able-bodied homeless people living in these facilities to gratuitously perform these services themselves?

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Tax cuts claim incorrect

Mr. Anson Avery's letter of Sept. 2, 2018, states that the "Tax Cuts & Job Act" of 2017 (TCJA) gave the biggest percentage of tax cuts to the middle class.

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The public needs information

A recent letter ("Trump bashing media," Aug. 27, 2018) uses complex immigration issues to attack journalists and editors.The '97 Flores Consent Decree could indeed be changed and improved by the Department of Homeland Security, or Congress could pass a bill ...

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Troy doesn't support public lands

I do not trust Caroline Nilsson Troy to represent District 5's interests, especially to protect Idaho's public lands.In 2017, she voted against transparency for management of our public lands in a really bizarre way. She went out of her way ...

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Turkeys are our own fault

I was truly dismayed to hear about a turkey attacking Marilyn Johnson. She has my most sincere sympathies and wishes for a speedy recovery.Some quick facts about turkeys:Breeding period: April-May; young appear: June; average number of young: nine; range: 5-30 ...

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Vote for Sylvia Hammond

I support Sylvia Hammond for the District 13 state House in Olympia. As a farmer and teacher, she understands agriculture, water rights and the importance of quality education.Hammond listens to the concerns of those living in the 13th District - ...

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Tiny Kitchen Cooking Tip: Campfire Bacon

When it comes to cooking in tiny RV kitchens, it doesn't take long to learn that some foods are quick to set off the smoke alarm. That's exactly why we're ...

The speed habit

There is no shortage of drivers who have a speed habit. And those speeders are easy to spot when we drive in reasonable accordance with the speed limit, since everyone ...

Bird is the word

If you had been standing in our kitchen this morning and looked out the south-facing windows, you might have seen a large hawk perched atop a tall grape stake fence. ...