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TUESDAY, SEPT. 6, 2016

Critical thinking lacking

Laura Templeman's guest column ("A better world, one fact at a time," Aug. 27) was excellent, and has wide-ranging implications for personal decisions we all make in areas such as finances and health behavior. At the level of social policy, her column brings to mind Isaac Asimov's comments about the "false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge."

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'Obama disasters' look good

Unemployment is down to 4.9 percent since President Obama has taken office, with over 8.4 million jobs added. The federal deficit is down, over 18.5 million previously uninsured Americans now have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, climate emissions have been reduced significantly with the first-ever global agreement to do so, the stock market has risen over 50 percent, gas prices are down and clean energy dependence has now become much more reliant. Too many more accomplishments to list.

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Trump's a closed book

I recently spent hours reviewing allegations made by Trump supporters about Hillary's life. I was set to respond to each one in the letters to the editor. Visiting websites like Snopes and Politifact, I was prepared to respond to each comment. Then it dawned on me that the real truth was staring me in the face. These people were reaching back to the 1970s, looking for anything negative. The real issue is that Hillary's life is an open book. Spread out over the years for all to see and check on.

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MONDAY, SEPT. 5, 2016

ACA a scheme to buy votes

Years ago I debated the pros and cons of the ACA with a proponent of the law. I told him I could not understand how a law that mandated insuring 30 million additional people with all kinds of bells and whistles would save people an average of $2,500 per year. I was right.

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CMR's same old tactics

Donald Trump is a racist, a sexist and a consistent flip-flopper. The Republicans who are smart are running as far away as possible from him to keep their jobs in Congress, even to the point of denouncing him.

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2016

Bicyclists should know rules

When did it become OK for bicyclists to run red lights and stop signs? I ask because on Friday morning, I pulled up to a red light on Mission and Mullan. I had my turn signal on to make a right hand turn. I stopped for the red light and because a pickup was driving north on Mullan. The man on his bike behind me swerved out passing me on the left into the intersection. Thanks to his quick reflexes he was able to lay his bike on the side and barely missed sliding under the pickups rear tire.

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Clinton bereft of morality

I am dismayed at the plight of the Ukrainian people living in terror of further Russian aggression and invasion with further loss of liberty and life. I am dismayed that America refuses to supply Ukraine with even defensive weaponry. America is the light of liberty. How can we forsake those who would seek to emulate us and not be accomplice to dark Russian aggression?

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Columbus a matter of pride

Here we go again, Spokane liberals on the City Council following other lemmings like Seattle or San Francisco in renaming Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day. Nothing against Native Americans, and yes, Columbus probably did commit some injustices, but Columbus is a matter of pride to thousands of Italian Americans who came to this country and mightily contributed to her success.

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Electoral College counts

David Darlow's letter complaining about the Electoral College has a whiff of sour grapes about it. He forgets that in almost all of the country (Washington included), states assign their Electoral College votes on a winner-take-all basis. Obama received 56 percent of the popular vote in 2012; thus, he earned all 12 of the state's Electoral College votes.

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Failing the homeless

On Friday morning a friend and I went for an early morning walk on the Centennial Trail. As we headed back into town, I spotted and elderly woman emerging from her sleeping nest amongst the bushes, behind the monument dedicated to the Sisters of Sacred Heart Hospital. What took me aback was her gender; we have homeless men sleeping in our alley which, while disturbing, has sadly become common place.

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History repeats with Clintons

Hillary short circuits the truth. Do you suppose that this is what Bill did when he proclaimed "I did not have sexual relations with that woman"? I have wondered for many years if they recognized that they had this trait in common when they were introduced in college.

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Madsen spot on with wolves column

In reading the latest opinion piece by Sue Lani Madsen ("Wolves' recovery will require balance," Aug. 20), I found that while I don't always agree with her, in this case she hit it spot on.

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Pakootas smart, practical

Consider voting for Joe Pakootas in November. He is intelligent and practical. As CEO, he put the enterprises of the Colville Confederated Tribes in the black. He successfully sued Teck Cominco, forcing a heavy metal cleanup of Lake Roosevelt and the Columbia River. He is humble and caring. His home was the unofficial "safe house" in his community. His family business put food on the table and sent his kids to college. A lot like the rest of us, but maybe just a bit better. I chat with him every chance I get. I know he is better and smarter than me.

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Spokane ship rudderless

I am a resident of Spokane Valley, but feel compelled to comment on the latest undertaking by the Spokane City Council. The council cannot come to a resolution of the firing and potential cover-up that followed of the former police chief. Next, they cannot figure out the mess that's been created in the hiring of a new police chief.

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STA bench looks good

The nonprofit organization Community Frameworks built a modern and aesthetically pleasing building on the southeast corner of Washington and Mission. Spokane Transit employs many different types of bus benches and shelters. Our public transportation system doesn't always get the positive press that they should.

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