As a veteran I mourn for my country. The House passed a bill sending money for abortion to foreign countries and Nancy Pelosi is requesting more than 20 billion more for foreign aid. Yet the Democratic Party is standing firm on not spending any money for a physical barrier at our southern border. I have spoken to border patrol agents and they tell me that everywhere we have barriers - San Diego, Yuma and El Paso - they work.
Isn't it great to have a president of the United States who is committed to keeping his campaign promises to the citizens that elected him? A president with backbone, A president who is absolutely dedicated to the security of the citizens of the United States.
This letter is written in response to "State shutting down NRA's 'murder insurance' policies," (Jan. 16):
I find the complaints about people in the county paying for water from the city to be somewhat amusing ("Getting soaked," Jan. 17). If they don't like the cost, then get their water elsewhere. No one is forcing them to buy city water.
This letter is written in response to "Strahan: Sensible gun laws will save lives" (Jan. 22):
I have some sympathy with today's universities inability to control their drinking and sexual assault culture. After all, you have a whole modern world forbidding any critique of these behaviors short of a criminal act. Their inability to deal adroitly with the idea of free expression of all ideas, however, seems pathetic.
More and more subdivision developments have been proposed for the land adjacent to Highway 195. Traffic safety on 195 is already very bad at all the intersections from Hatch Road north. And merging onto I-90 is so scary, most people now try to avoid it if at all possible. This past fall, one of our Eagle Ridge residents was rear-ended by a stretch STA bus and sandwiched between it and another car in front of her, which had stopped right after it merged, due to congestion at the Maple St. exit.
Governor Inslee begins with a grossly ignorant misstatement: "We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change." ("Our nation's challenge: climate change," Jan. 20, 2019)
Judge Shelley Szambelan asked for only a $10,000 bond for an 18-year-old felon, Kinski Biten, in possession of a stolen gun that was brought to Central Valley High School ("Bond set for student accused of bringing gun to CVHS," Jan. 11, 2019).
Unfortunately, what the Republicans derisively refer to as bleeding-heart liberals are who they are banking on to end the shutdown impasse since they, unlike the pathetic excuse for a president, are humane. He has proclaimed over and over and over again that Mexico will pay for his wall. When they laughed in his face, he stomped his little feet and chose to hold Americans hostage.
When a person is a liar, there is little to no foundation for either cooperation or compromise. The claims of a liar are more often than not untrue (nearly always, with our president), unsubstantiated and misleading with the intent to cheat and swindle.
While I share Mr. Inslee's concerns about climate change ("Our nation's challenge: climate change," Jan. 20), I don't share his optimism about accomplishing what needs to be done quickly enough.
The series in the Spokesman-Review titled "Difference Makers" was refreshing and welcome reading. In a news world where unprincipled and sometimes violent behavior and strident voices seem to dominate, a message highlighting people who make a positive influence in our communities was uplifting!
So (Secretary of Commerce) Wilbur Ross recommends a payday loan for federal employees either furloughed or working without pay?
Two years ago, on Jan. 19, 2017, the Spokesman published a letter to the editor that we had submitted urging the county to install "gates" on their snowplows to reduce or eliminate the berms created at each driveway when the plows moves past our home.
In response to "SPCA misused sacred song," (Jan. 17):
I'm not talking about the wall which won't be built along the U.S.-Mexican border. I'm talking about a 2,840 foot seawall that Donald Trump has paid for. It's being erected around his golf course in Doonbeg, Ireland. Hmm! He keeps on denying that global warming and climate change are real - "a total hoax," he says. But when it comes to his property he knows the sea levels are rising.
Concerning Jeff Reyburn's letter on Jan. 23, "Wall is part of the solution":
We are always reminded that America is a nation of immigrants. True, even the so-called indigenous people came from somewhere else.
As a post-WWI vet I am offended by the Democrats not willing to secure our southern border.
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