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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24, 2018

Pacific and Brown crosswalk

The crosswalk at West Pacific and Browne is unsafe. In the last month I have driven up Browne and almost hit pedestrians each time. The area is congested, traffic is moving fast and at night it is hard to see if anyone is waiting to cross or if someone is in the crosswalk. This crosswalk needs pedestrian crossing lights. I applaud the city for placing these in other parts of town, especially around our University District, but these folks at the House of Charity deserve attention and safety also.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 23, 2018

Drilling for oil

So our current corporate president wants to start oil exploration in the Alaskan Arctic Refuge. That was one of President Obama's hands-off policies Trump wants to do away with? Plus he wants to start drilling off the coast of California. Or is it because California voters did not vote for him? Do you remember the oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara in 1969? I do!

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More taxes from Inslee

More taxes from our governor that was elected by King County. Remember when he ran for governor he stated "no new taxes," yet that is all he has done. Our budget has exploded from $30 billion to over $40 billion and forecast to be $50 billion soon.

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Wealth beyond economy

There is in politics a phrase coined some time ago that avers, "It's the economy, stupid." We are all grateful to live in times of a robust economy. But there are many kinds of wealth. Money in the pocket is an important consideration, but it is only part of human wealth.

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MONDAY, JAN. 22, 2018

Idaho health care executive order

Over the past year, when I hear the word "Healthcare," the next words that come to mind are: "Rising premiums," "increasing deductable," "300 percent price increase for the same service," "loss of choice" and "no cross-state competition to keep prices down."

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New year, new attitude

As we escaped from 2017 and headed into 2018 I was led to wonder, "Where do we draw the line?"Everyone has a right to their opinion but do they have the right to a public platform? Evidently The Spokesman-Review thinks ...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 21, 2018

Blanca Blanco and sexual harrassment

Is this some kind of joke? All these women coming out distressed about sexual harassment. Did you see on the front page (Spokesman-Review, Jan. 9) how Blanca Blanco was dressed for the Golden Globes? If that "attire" doesn't advertise "touch me," "look at me," "see that I'm sexually available," then I don't know what would aside from being totally naked in front of any normal straight man.

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Don't let politics divide us

To those who cannot hear the music, the dancers seem seriously crazy. Those who see my physical disability often rush to help me, a total stranger. But when I say that I cannot hear, the reaction is often irritation. They see my physical limits but not my loss of hearing. The response is stunningly different and very normal. I mention this because it is so important to be aware of things which need our response.

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Downstream indeed!

Shawn Vestal's column, "Cheers for tax cuts overlook downstream effect" (Jan. 9), celebrates the momentary glow provided by tax cuts, as well as the magical effects (more jobs, rising wages, increased investment in America) said cuts are deemed certain to provide, economic history be damned. It then questions whether the cuts will actually happen, citing conformance between federal and state tax collections as one significant reason they may not.

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Job well done, Mr. President!

First, it was months of Russian collusion allegations, then obstruction of justice, now mental health issues to remove Trump under the 25th Amendment. The left wants Trump removed badly.Despite this, here is what he has done in his first year ...

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Living on SSI

Around one out of six Americans -- an estimated 62 million SSI (Supplemental Security Income - Social Security) and SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) recipients -- are now in this country, of which 55 million are on Medicare. After Medicare is subtracted, most beneficiaries are left with around $1,280 a month to live on, and many do not receive full benefits. Without roommates or a spouse contributing, finding housing for $500 or less is difficult at best in Spokane County. This leaves around $800 each month.

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Public restrooms in businesses

I would just like to know why businesses in the state of Washington don't follow the law on the use of restrooms in their places of business.My husband has Crohn's and travels a lot in your fine state. Nine times ...

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Support school levy renewals

Every couple of years the voters are asked to renew their local funding of our public K-12 school programs. What we are supporting is not a new tax. It replaces, at a lower rate, the expiring 2015 levy. These funds are used to pay for many critical things, including some teaching positions, special education programs, school nurses, counselors, campus safety officers and student activities like band, drama, debate and athletics.

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The future of Idaho politics

It was refreshing to see nine courageous legislators stand together in Meridian last week and continue to shape the future of Idaho politics. Our representatives, Heather Scott (District 1) and Priscilla Giddings (District 7), were leading the charge to change the good old boy cronyism that has pervaded Idaho politics for too long.

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Whitman County Library levy

We are writing to urge you to support Whitman County Library's bid for the levy restoration. The vote is on February 13 and your support is needed to ensure the programs our library provides can continue in our communities.

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