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THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017

Thu., May 4, 2017, midnight

True causes, not a wall

I'm frustrated by the lack of honest and meaningful dialogue regarding the border wall. It will have little to no effect on drugs coming into the U.S. or crime rates within. It will only be an expensive eyesore and an item of friction between us and Mexico.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 3, 2017

Wed., May 3, 2017, midnight

A nation of haters

After reading the latest letters to the editor, I find myself beginning to wonder if we are becoming a nation of haters: we hate the president; we hate those who voted for him; we hate those are in his Cabinet; and we hate the new Supreme Court associate justice. Locally, we hate those associated with the bluff incident; we love the trees but hate the people involved.

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Wed., May 3, 2017, midnight

Let Coulter speak

As a longtime liberal and a person who despises everything Ms. Ann Coulter stands for, the kids at Berkeley and elsewhere are flat wrong and are going against the very backbone of liberalism. Being able to speak our concerns and beliefs is one of the most sacred aspects of freedom. As many before me have said, "even if it makes your blood boil" everyone has a right to speak.

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Wed., May 3, 2017, midnight

Streets are a joke

Last week we saw a man in a motorized wheelchair crossing Division at Cozza Drive. He was trying to get from the street back onto the curb at the northeast corner of the intersection but was fighting the maze of potholes at that corner. Watching his wheelchair bounce back and forth through the potholes was concerning as it appeared as the chair could tip over. Fortunately, he made it through.

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TUESDAY, MAY 2, 2017

Tue., May 2, 2017, midnight

Leave the IMAX

Regarding the IMAX, it's a beautiful building and as iconic to the park as the Pavilion and the Clocktower. Because of its proximity to the river, the spot cannot be built on so why not just leave it be a monument to Expo '74? Use the roof for an observation deck or let it be an Expo 74 museum; tearing it down serves no purpose.

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Tue., May 2, 2017, midnight

Repeal leads to tax breaks

Remember the advertisement that showed grandma being pushed over a cliff in a wheelchair? Well, President Trump and the Republican Party have already tried to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which would have resulted in the ultimate removal of 24 million people from the health care rolls. Now they are talking of trying to do it again.

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Tue., May 2, 2017, midnight

Responsibility in democracy

Major religions just celebrated important spiritual "rebirth" holidays. Contemplating our democracy's spiritual direction, I'm alarmed. I once thought that our undivested president would only bankrupt us financially, as with four of his companies, and morally, reversing our social and environmental progress.

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MONDAY, MAY 1, 2017

Mon., May 1, 2017, midnight

Audience loved symphony

The symphony audience loved Clair Huangci's performance of the beautiful Chopin Piano Concerto last weekend. This despite our lack of sophistication and inability to grasp the fine nuances of "tone color, legato and rubato", about which your music critic Larry Lapidus felt obliged to lecture us Monday morning.

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Mon., May 1, 2017, midnight

Complete health care reform

Cathy McMorris Rodgers recently stated that "the United States has one of the most noncompetitive taxation systems in the developed world." We also have one of the least efficient and most expensive health care systems in the developed world. The single-payer plan would provide health care for everyone at a much lower cost. Check out HB 1026 in Washington state and HR 676 in Congress. They would do away with the inefficiencies of health insurance companies and relieve employers from the responsibility and cost of searching for the best program for their employees.

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Mon., May 1, 2017, midnight

Land of the Free?

So much of what is said today, whether in print or on radio and television, is not designed to encourage an open exchange of ideas but to control or limit discussion through labels and name-calling. Take this word: fascism. That's used a lot. (Are you a fascist? "Certainly not, but he/she is!") Look up the synonyms: totalitarianism, dictatorship, repression, oppression, tyranny.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 30, 2017

Sun., April 30, 2017, midnight

Abandonment mind-boggling

I actually had to read "Teen mom who left her baby in trash sentenced" (April 24) three times to make my mind accept what I was reading; A 19-year-old girl had a baby in the shower and decided to put the boy in a trash compactor. Only by the grace of God did an apartment employee hear the baby cry before the bin compacted (I know what a household compacter can do, I can only imagine what an industrial unit can do), now she is sentenced to six months in jail and will have supervisory visits with the child and may gain custody because she has made "amazing" progress.

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Sun., April 30, 2017, midnight

Invest in pot prevention

Thanks, Shawn Vestal, for acknowledging "potential (pot) trouble, from stoned drivers to concerns over teenage drug use"! Yes, preventing alcohol impaired crashes, eliminating stigma of treatment, and reducing underage drinking has had success partly because of adults taking responsibility.

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Sun., April 30, 2017, midnight

Negative outcomes with Trump

Arlene Stromberger ("Stop whining about Hillary," April 23) states proudly that she voted for Trump "because he's a smart businessman and will strengthen our military, among other things." Hmm. We already have the most powerful military in the world, and Trump filed bankruptcy numerous times and owes countless millions to creditors.

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Sun., April 30, 2017, midnight

Reduce nuclear stockpiles

This week, I visited the office of our congresswoman, Cathy McMorris Rodgers.I delivered a condolence card for the loss of her father-in-law, David H. Rodgers. I long admired Dave as one of our solid local leaders and am proud to ...

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Sun., April 30, 2017, midnight

Sessions wrong on pot

The consequences in the states that have legalized the sale and use of marijuana seems to be almost completely positive. Users have been decriminalized. Minors do not have direct access to the sales.

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