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Readers in the Inland Northwest can submit letters to The Spokesman-Review. Letters should be no longer than 200 words and must include the writer's home street address and a daytime telephone number.

August 21
  • Political labels flipped

    Page A9 Frank Hagen (Aug. 16) writes, “I am an unapologetic conservative.” Can anyone say what this confession means?

August 20
  • Initiative 1351 a jobs bill

    Page A11 Some of us would like to see more living-wage jobs in Washington. So we were surprised by your Aug. 15 editorial opposing Initiative 1351.

  • Downtown needs ambassadors

    Page A11 Downtown Spokane wants all Spokane County taxpayers to pay $15 million (or more) to relocate the bus plaza to a central place that serves the entire county. For 15-year funding, …

  • Mailer wastes taxpayer money

    Page A11 I am shocked that there hasn’t been more of an outcry about Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ recent mailing. Our tax dollars paid for that, in its entirety! It’s large, glossy …

August 19
  • Arfee coverage overdone

    Page A9 One full column on Page One (Aug. 15), followed by two more near-full columns in the “From the Front Page” section. Really! Three Arfee columns needed to update us on …

  • McMorris Rodgers a Medicare foe

    Page A9 I am a senior whose primary health coverage is Medicare. Recently, I received a mailing from Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in which she puts the fear of losing Medicare out …

  • Public utility district needed

    Page A9 Because of last winter’s cold weather, Avista made record profits. Now, the company is asking for rate increases, and it looks like it will get them. Cities and counties throughout …

August 18
  • Start the conversation

    Page A7 The world is shocked and saddened by the suicide of Robin Williams. I, too, know the pain of suicide. I lost my 34-year-old daughter, Robin Leferink, to suicide one year …

  • Lift blockade of Gaza

    Page A7 Civilians have paid a horrific price in the ongoing violence in Gaza. As a person of faith, I hope my representatives in Congress will support and work for a lasting …

August 17
  • Nobbs shared with employees

    Page B9 Only Doug Clark could turn a tribute to Russ Nobbs (Aug. 10) into a story about Doug Clark. During his life, and now in death, much of Russ’ public persona …

  • Dog shooter irresponsible

    Page B9 Neither man nor animal are safe in the presence of irresponsible people with firearms, i.e. Coeur d’Alene police officers.

  • Imported apple juice a shame

    Page B9 I was astounded recently to discover that the apple juice I buy to drink was spoiled and evidently fermented. Normally, I wouldn’t question this except that this is the second …

  • Senate blocks legislation

    Page B9 Like many uninformed voters, Margaret Schmidt (“Congress does nothing,” Aug. 12) should get her facts straight. Anyone who thinks the House of Representatives “has failed to pass anything of substance” …

  • Mailer an abuse of franking

    Page B9 A recent glossy 8x11 mailer entitled “Cathy McMorris Rodgers Senior Update” is an abuse of the congressional franking privilege. The Office of Congressional Ethics found “substantial evidence” McMorris Rodgers had …

  • Obama, Reid are dictators

    Page B9 Ah yes, I think I get it now. President Obama goes to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and says, “Harry, I want you to table everything coming out of the …

  • Tax extension raises taxes

    Page B9 What do you mean “it will not raise taxes”? (Aug. 10) Continuing taxes that are due to expire is the same as raising new taxes. Don’t let politicians or newspapers …

  • Vestal belongs on editorial page

    Page B9 Mona Charen has been dropped from the editorial page after accumulating too many conservative affiliations. Meanwhile, Shawn Vestal continues to share his personal political opinions freely and frequently in his …

  • Gaza fight ‘profoundly misread’

    Page B9 My response to Marianne Torres is that it is her Aug. 10 letter, “Equal rights in Gaza,” that is, in her own words, “such a profound misreading of this struggle.” …

  • New comments policy appreciated

    Page B9 I just want to thank you for changing your policy for online commentary. I think that taking away the ability to comment on a letter that a citizen has written …

  • McMorris Rodgers rejected funds

    Page B9 Been enjoying the smoke in one of our hottest summers on record? While the Carlton Complex fire – Washington’s largest ever wildfire – burns, it’s good to remember that Rep. …

  • Keep train crews at two

    Page B9 Before our House of Representatives is a bill, HR-3040, that would mandate that two people, one engineer and one conductor, be on a train. This bill lacks co-sponsors and needs …

August 16
  • Obamacare helps Medicare

    Page B5 I received a fancy color flier in the mail today filled with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ lies. It attacks purported Medicare cuts that seniors face because of the “evil” Obamacare. …

  • Republicans try misdirection

    Page B5 Congratulations, Republican leadership. Your talent for duplicity has reached astonishing levels. Oh, yes, you are perfection personified at covering up your enormous moral, economic and political sins by blaming others …

  • Depression is not a ‘demon’

    Page B5 No words can express the loss of a gift like Robin Williams. As I watched the news, I was just sickened by the continued use of the phrase he was …

  • Letter language inaccurate

    Page B5 Regarding “Her ads are sickening,” Aug. 8: Let’s have some fun parsing Terry Kolemaine’s letter. We see the words: “sick,” “screaming,” “relentlessly,” “faint odor of desperation,” “resent,” “diatribe,” “synthetic,” “saccharine,” …

August 15
  • View forecasts skeptically

    Page A13 Two of life’s certainties: No one likes a Monday morning quarterback, and weather forecasts are frequently inaccurate.

  • GOP ‘war for women’ a farce

    Page A13 The War for Women is a farce. After voting four times against laws to improve pay levels for women, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers and her Republican cohorts play on Democratic …

  • Think underpass, not bridge

    Page A13 Not to confuse the issue, but with the Riverfront Park renovations vote coming up (which I support), the 120-foot-high University District bridge certainly needs a second look. The Dec. 17, …

August 14
  • Canada part of Hanford effort

    Page A13 It is not generally known that the atom bomb’s manufacture involved Canada as well as the United States. There were a number of places in North America where parts and …

  • Leukemia a cause of bruising

    Page A13 The Aug. 4 Prevention Magazine article in The Spokesman-Review neglected to mention one very important cause of unexplained bruises. That is leukemia.