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TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2017


Tue., July 4, 2017

CMR disrespects free press

Cathy McMorris Rodgers appeared on MSNBC on June 12 and stated, "I just feel like the media continue their drumbeat and really trying to brainwash America. ..." She needs to be held accountable for her statements. A free press is vital to a healthy democracy and to have one of our elected officials painting all the media with such broad brush is unpatriotic and undermines our democracy. It shows a complete misunderstanding of our Constitution, where a free press is protected by the First Amendment.

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Tue., July 4, 2017

Democrats need change

They say doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. The Democrats need to take that to heart. If they keep the same old leadership with the same old message, they will grab defeat out of the jaws of victory again in 2018.

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Tue., July 4, 2017

Patrol road by trail

I live on East Maringo Drive, east of Argonne Road. Maringo Road runs from Argonne to Upriver Drive. Maringo is part of the Centennial Trail. We have many people walking, riding bikes and jogging. Maringo seems to be the best way to avoid the traffic light at Upriver Drive. The speed limit on Maringo is 25 mph. We have vehicles traveling 40 to 50 mph daily. The sheriff's office placed a radar sign on Maringo last year. I recorded all of the speeds. It's just a matter of time that someone is going to be hit or killed.

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Tue., July 4, 2017

Senate bill is evil

Now that the Senate Republicans have unveiled their (lack of) health care bill, we can all see why it was crafted behind closed doors. They had promised to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a new system that would give equal or better coverage in a more cost-effective manner. Trump specifically said that Medicaid would be protected.

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MONDAY, JULY 3, 2017

Mon., July 3, 2017

Blame and hate

In the June 25, Lesley Haskell, wife of the elected Spokane County prosecutor, attempts to whip up a crowd of 200 sympathizers with statements like: "You freaking media leaker piece of crap," referring to James Comey and about John McCain "He's too stupid, because he's too old." Later, husband Larry Haskell, on the same roster, bemoans the political division we face in this country saying about the Democrats, "They have a message of hate."

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Mon., July 3, 2017

Stop dividing Americans

How is it that so many of those we have elected to Congress, whether senators or representatives, are hell-bent on creating legislation that pits one socioeconomic group against another? It's unconscionable that we see efforts that force those on the lower end economically to make choices about health care which can bankrupt them, ruin any hope of happy retirement, or to choose suffering and early death in the waning years of life?

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SUNDAY, JULY 2, 2017

Sun., July 2, 2017

Draft would curtail wars

The draft ended in 1973. I am a Vietnam-era veteran opposed to these endless wars, but I am convinced conscription of the middle and upper classes is the only way to end and prevent our foolish wars of choice.

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Sun., July 2, 2017

Firearms training important

My deepest sympathies for the families of anyone killed in self-defense, regardless of circumstances. I am also sympathetic to defenders, private citizen or cop. Now that some of the video is out that the jury saw in the Philando Castile case we can see why the officer was not charged. There was an apparent training failure indeed, but most of the failure sadly was on the part of Mr. Castile. Before Mr. Castile told the officer he was armed he should have indicated verbally first that he was legally armed, and then followed the officer's instructions/commands. I wish we could look at mistakes in these cases like the aviation sector looks at aircraft accidents, with the focus on prevention in the future.

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