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WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017

Wed., May 31, 2017

Hospice care wonderful

A heartfelt thank you to The Spokesman Review and especially to reporter Treva Lind for the excellent May 15 article "Time for care," regarding waiting too long to begin hospice care. You did a great service to the people of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho who are facing the end of life, and to their families, by publishing this.

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Wed., May 31, 2017

Let's have two prosecutors

I say great to a special prosecutor to investigate possible collusion between Russia and Trump. The fair thing to do is to have two special prosecutors, one for Trump and one for the Clintons.

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Wed., May 31, 2017

No place like Spokane

A retired college and seminary professor, ambassador (Spain, Germany, Poland, Greece, Israel, Mexico and the United Kingdom), and medical recorder (Children's Hospital and Abington Hospital, both in Pennsylvania), I have served as an ombudsman, volunteer firefighter and on-call mental health counselor and chaplain at several hospitals and nursing homes both her and in Washington, D.C.

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Wed., May 31, 2017

Parking fix is bad

The city recently changed a rule where if you park downtown in one of the most congested areas, you can only park for two hours and not refill your meter. They should not have done that, because a lot of plays occur downtown and most plays are over two hours. Who wants to run out to the car during a show? You guessed it, no one.

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Wed., May 31, 2017

Risch comments appalling

Sen. Jim Risch's comments (May 17 edition) about the leaks of information from the Trump administration were appalling. Apparently Sen. Risch does not believe that the public has the right to know what is going on in our government, even if it involves obstruction of justice or passing classified information to the Russians, possibly endangering a secret agent.

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Wed., May 31, 2017

Risch's defense troubling

I don't get it. Why did Sen. Risch tie himself to the mast of the Trump Titanic? Does he think it's noble to go down with a sinking ship? Is he betting the administration stops taking on water and he gets rewarded with a cushy job for personal loyalty to Trump? Why would a U.S. senator be comfortable with revealing classified intelligence from Israel (one of our closest allies) to Russia on an apparent whim?

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Wed., May 31, 2017

River already contaminated

The May 12 editorial on Hanford says, "If the Columbia River were to be contaminated, ..." I have read of the many "downwinder" stories" of mysterious cancers, perhaps, caused by radioactive releases from Hanford.

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Wed., May 31, 2017

Slogan won't change city

Whether or not the new Spokane slogan "Creative by Nature" is better than "Near Nature, Near Perfect" is debatable. But even at the $230,000 rebranding cost, it's putting lipstick on the pig that is some of Spokane.

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Wed., May 31, 2017

Stop pretending on Israel

Howard Glass ("Careful with Israel rhetoric", May 13) refers to the report, "Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid", prepared by Richard Falk and Virginia Tilley for the U.N.'s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. Although the U.N. subsequently bowed to U.S. pressure and disowned the report, it remains accessible through online sources.

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Wed., May 31, 2017

Strength from mutual respect

We are stronger when we share our strengths. Some of us call ourselves conservative and some of us call ourselves progressives. In her May 13 column, Sue Lani Madsen says "... we need to keep talking." I couldn't agree more because we are losing sight of the fact that we are all Americans. We need emergency help; we need a fair chance to get an education and a job; we need public safety and a strong place in the world.

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Wed., May 31, 2017

Too much Trump

I'm getting tired of all the constant attention this blowhard Donald Trump and his family are generating. My preference is for a more quiet, honest and competent person in this job, but maybe this isn't possible these days. There's nothing exciting or interesting about our current national and international situation, in my opinion, and I wonder if other folks are thinking this way.

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Wed., May 31, 2017

Trump is unprepared

President Donald Trump is having trouble dealing with the intelligence community. This man is unable to lead his own advisers, he puts out conflicting stories on a hourly or daily basis. When someone gets close to unmasking him, "You're fired." Examples: James Comey and Sally Yates. He is unable to tell the truth. His credibility with anyone is on its way to zero. Something has to be done, and Congress better get it done.

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Wed., May 31, 2017

Union dues mischaracterized

In response to Wendell E. Smith's letter ("Union ad misleading", May 20), it is apparent that he is the one misled into thinking that union dues are used for political advertisement. As a proud member of SEIU 1199NW, our union dues are not used for political purposes. If a member wishes to contribute to a fund that the union can use for actions, advertisements and money to support elected officials that fight for union workers, the member can voluntarily have money taken out of their paycheck to finance these actions.

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Wed., May 31, 2017

Wake up, America

Vive La France!! The French voters were smart enough to ignore Russia's interference in their election and vote for the intelligent, qualified leader instead of the "mouth" that roared.As a member of the "Greatest Generation," I remember the rise of ...

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Wed., May 31, 2017

What is self-defense?

I, too, am concerned about the vigilante justice that we are supporting here in Spokane. When is it not okay to shoot someone in the back? What is self-defense? Somehow I thought it was imminent danger, but then a Spokane jury also found innocent a man who shot a drunk through a screen door. I still cannot understand why that man did not close the door and call the police.

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