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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017

DeVos doesn't understand

Without experience as an educator or elected official, lobbyist Betsy DeVos could become the next secretary of education. As a teacher in the public-school system for nearly 10 years, I believe DeVos is unqualified for the job and I encourage you to support Sens. Murray and Cantwell in voting no on her confirmation.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017

Jackson will change tune

In Sally Jackson's recent letter ("Tax check hard to write," Jan. 22), she failed to disclose that besides being a politically disgruntled 80-year-old widow, she is a longtime Democratic activist, former Spokane County Democratic chairwoman and a failed legislative candidate.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017

Nation remarks reckless

Thank you for printing the Washington Post's editorial in support of NATO. Another reason to support NATO is that it allows us to maintain military bases in Europe. While over a dozen U.S. bases operate in Germany, arguably the most vital operation is Landstuhl Medical Center.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017

'New sheriff', old idea

In response to Gregory Ruff's letter, "Trump's the new sheriff," I would encourage Ruff to study his history more carefully. Democrats have championed allowing Medicare to negotiate with Big Pharma from the inception of President Bush's prescription drug benefit passage in 2003, and Republicans have blocked it all along.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017

No democracy elsewhere

Wayne Kraft's point that Israel is not democratic (Jan. 20) has one glaring misconception. To be victims of apartheid, they would have to have been original inhabitants of Israel prior to the Israelis.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017

Not a Post fan

While sure that I'm not totally cognizant of all the challenges that publishing a daily newspaper entails, I do realize that the contraction of the newspaper business has made the necessity of obtaining national and international "content" from sources other than just the AP very real.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017

Tax returns hold secrets?

In his press conference, Trump claimed he couldn't release his tax returns because they were under audit and only the press cared about them. Both statements are false. The IRS said he could release his returns, and surveys indicate millions of Americans want to see them.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017

Test Monroe plan

It seems a bit odd that the city is continuing to push the Monroe Street redesign after the negative impacts of its recent and continued construction in downtown. One simple and low-cost option that would prove or disprove the city's opinion of the benefit would be to just restripe Monroe into new traffic and parking lanes.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 1, 2017

Why was press surprised?

Freedom of the press is a hallmark of our country. Why were the media taken by surprise this last election? They're free to report the facts. They're free to report the truth. They're free to investigate and substantiate stories before publishing. They're free to conduct honest, balanced polls that reflect the true feelings of the electorate regardless of their personal opinions. Alas, they're also free to operate with an agenda, some overtly others covertly.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2017

TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2017

Anti-abortion bill paternalistic

"Woman, where are your accusers?" That question is posed by Jesus when he saves an adulterous woman from a public stoning under Mosaic Law. Her accusers leave, convicted by their own sins. Then, he tells her to go and sin no more, displaying love and mercy, not judgment, not condemnation.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2017

Bait and switch

Trump, while campaigning, said he was going to replace Obamacare with a health insurance plan for all. Now, before he is even president, the replacement is apparently going to be an "opportunity for access to health care."

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TUESDAY, JAN. 31, 2017

Thank you, President Obama

I want to give a heartfelt "thank you" to President Obama for doing a fantastic job as president under difficult circumstances. I don't imagine anyone would want to start their first term during a recession (let alone a "Great" one), and two unpopular wars in distant lands. For most of his tenure he struggled to work with a petulant Congress to repair the economy, further Civil Rights legislation, support the legalization of gay marriage and pass the Affordable Care Act.

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MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2017

MONDAY, JAN. 30, 2017

Try this tax plan

I have a suggestion to raise the money needed to fund the McCleary decision and keep all of the important social programs we currently need. This plan would also be a fairer tax plan than one used by our state government.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

ACA must be repealed

Obamacare is a disaster, passed in the dead of night with legislative wrangling and not one single Republican in support. Nancy Pelosi famously said, "You have to pass it to see what's in it." It proved beyond a doubt that Obama's presidency was based on lies. No open, honest or transparent government from his administration. You cannot keep your doctor, plan or insurance and costs are rising above inflation.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 29, 2017

Class left White House

On Jan. 20, class left the White House and crass moved in.Fact: 3 million more Americans voted for Hillary than for Trump. Congressional Republicans are salivating over the opportunity to take health insurance away from almost 30 million Americans. Their ...

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