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THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017

THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017

Bathroom flap puzzling

I am confused about the flap over transgender people and what public restroom they may legally use. Here's why: Let's say that I am a woman who always knew I should be male. Once I reach adulthood, I decide to become that man, including sexual reassignment surgery. Part of the psychological part of that process requires me to live and dress like a man in order to prove to myself and the medical community that surgery would be appropriate. I am in a building wearing a suit and tie with a man's haircut, no makeup and carrying a briefcase. In need of a restroom and because I am still physically a woman, I head into the women's restroom (if that is the law).

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THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017

Not traveling lean

"No more wasted money." "Lean and more accountable." These are recent quotes from President Trump about this Republican administration. Why then has this administration spent almost $10 million to move the White House to Florida 11 out of 33 days in office?

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THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017

Trump wrongly blamed

An article by Caitlin Dewey of the Washington Post in the Feb. 15 Spokesman-Review states in the first paragraph, "A record number of low-income children have begun to eat breakfast at school." The same paragraph ends by stating, "The policy most credited with boosting their numbers may be on the chopping block under President Donald Trump."

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THURSDAY, MARCH 9, 2017

Wrong on murder rate

President Trump recently claimed that the murder rate in the U.S. is the highest in the past 40 years. This statement certainly created fear in the hearts of millions of Americans. However, President Trump's claim was blatantly incorrect.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017

Come together

President's weekend 2017 and also the 75th anniversary of President Roosevelt's proclamation of Japanese internment, the recent unveiling of President Trump's repetition of the same faulty policy with his immigration order and Black History Month all give us opportunity to reflect and decide who we are and what we want for ourselves, for our country.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017

Inslee's order worrying

I am writing this letter as a citizen of the United States and a resident of Spokane. I am deeply concerned about the safety of the residents and police force of Washington state upon Gov. Inslee's executive order for Washington State Patrol and other state agencies to not comply with President Trump and his administration's federal immigration law.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017

Pompous, ignorant Inslee

As our governor, Jay Inslee has avowed to dishonor, obstruct and reject our president's rulings, orders and laws. Please note the audacity of our pompous, ignorant governor that his personal beliefs (not ours) outweigh the president of the United States of America.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2017

Teleconference a bust

Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers tried to host a last-minute teleconference to satisfy her constituents requests to be heard. First the wrong code was sent to the few who saw the invitation released that same morning. Ten minutes later, people who happened to look back at their email received the replacement code. All calls were vetted and were made to give detailed information before being allowed to speak. Despite this, they managed to mix up most people's names.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017

TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017

Fund caregivers contract

I am one of the tens of thousands of home care workers who are professional caregivers working hard to provide safe quality care to our vulnerable elderly and disabled clients. But we live paycheck to paycheck, many of us in poverty struggling to pay our bills.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017

School systems different

Barb Brock's Feb. 12 letter about Finnish student rankings illustrates the need for clarity when quoting statistics. School systems in many European countries separate students at a grade (usually middle school) into two separate paths - straight academics and technical/trade education. Therefore, comparing those stats to the U.S. is like comparing apples to oranges.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017

Smart move on treatment

I wish to express my appreciation to our county commissioners for giving funds to expand the methadone treatment program of the Spokane County Health District for 142 more patients. This action will really benefit our community in many more ways than just reducing the present epidemic of narcotic overdose deaths.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017

Value press freedom

I, for one, am grateful to our press for their coverage of events. Because this freedom was so important to our founders, they made it the First Amendment to the Constitution. They wanted a provision to hold the government accountable to the people. Any constitutionalist should recognize this.

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MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017

MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017

Abortion facts

Steve McNutt states in his letter ("Madsen's muddy thinking," Feb. 24): "There are conflicting beliefs and no absolute facts." He tells us we should not confuse the two (facts and beliefs), and that abortion should be decided on personal belief. Are we to just disregard the facts?

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MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017

Recipes spark memories

I was so pleased to see the return of the Dorothy Dean recipes in The Spokesman-Review. My dear mother-in-law was private secretary to Mr. Cowles when I became engaged to her son. She gave me my first Dorothy Dean recipe book as a wedding shower gift 47 years ago. I have used those recipes and information as my kitchen bible all these many years and have acquired two more of the books along the way.

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MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2017

U.S. sloppy with litter

Last summer, I drove from Spokane to Anchorage and back, which meant driving the entire length of British Columbia and the Southwest corner of Yukon Territory. Somewhere along the way, I realized that I had seen hardly any roadside trash in Canada. Also, I observed that there were well-marked trash bins every few miles along the highway.

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