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MONDAY, OCT. 30, 2017

Mon., Oct. 30, 2017, 7:59 a.m.

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Men must do better, be better

How many is this now? I’ve lost track of the number of prominent men who’ve been accused of sexual harassment in the weeks since the New York Times outed movie producer Harvey Weinstein as an alleged serial offender. Lupita Nyong’o, Angelina Jolie and Ashley Judd are among the dozens of women he reportedly subjected to behavior that was, by turns, bullying, sleazy and intimidating.

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Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

2nd Amendment a right

The NRA is made up of American people who pay membership to protect their Second amendment rights. It is not some faceless organization. The Second Amendment is a right, not a privilege. The U.S. Supreme Court interpreted the Second Amendment as the right of American people to have firearms.

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Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

Advantage Beggs

As observant, thinking voters, we will not agree with every decision made by our city leaders, no matter our political leanings. To discern the quality of candidates' leadership habits, we must examine how they approach multi-layered problems.

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Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

Compounded medications

I would like to thank our representative, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, for her steadfast support of patients who require compounded medications and the compounding pharmacies who make access to these medications possible. Compounding pharmacies help patients with specific medication needs that are either unavailable commercially or where the patient is unable to take the commercially available version due to adverse reactions or dosage requirements.

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Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

Consider library locations

There is a proposal to build a new large library in the Balfour Park property with a smaller one in the Sullivan Road area. The West Valley School District has in the neighborhood of 4,000 students. The Central Valley School District has somewhere around 13,000 students. The probable usage of the libraries should be taken into account when choosing their location.

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Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

Debate was civil

District 2 City Council candidate debates between incumbent Breean Beggs and challenger Andy Dunau have a welcome measure of civility. Each speaks without fear that the other will interrupt and each supports the other in areas of agreement. There is no finger pointing, no loud voice attacking the character of the other; both seeking solutions for street repair, oil and coal transport through the city, crime, homelessness, support for police and fire professionals, sidewalk repair, but with different processes to accomplish them.

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Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

Deer shooting was cruel

I wasn't there and all I know about it is what I saw on TV, and read in this paper. Nevertheless, having been raised in the "wilds" of the high country of Okanogan with critters all around, I'm no greenhorn.

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Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

Don't believe Prop 2 foes

Old but powerful economic interests want you to vote no on Prop. 2. Railroads, oil, coal mines and their property developers have been around a long time getting lots of practice convincing us their interests are in the "public interest." We know better now. Spokane's history tells us that these extractive industries maximize profits, while minimizing their public responsibility.

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Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

Football ruined

I am sick and tired of politics, and now the "kneelers." Have to bring in politics to spoil a good game of football. Grrrr!

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Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

Keeping Salish alive

Kudos to The Spokesman-Review for reporting on such an overlooked and underappreciated issue, the saving and continuation of an indigenous language that was on the verge of extinction (Oct. 15). The Kalispel Tribe, the Spokane Tribe, along with the Coeur d'Alenes were in our region from the beginning. It would be a shame to lose any part of that rich heritage. Thank you to the Kalispel Tribe for opening the Salish Immersion School. Good for you and good for all of your people!

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Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

Kneeling in protest

Donald Trump said that taking a knee during the national anthem is the same as sitting — it is disrespectful. But growing up Catholic, I know that taking a knee is genuflection, a form of kneeling. This is a sign of respect and/or devotion. It is something done when entering a Catholic Church, done during the Mass and other services, all to acknowledge the presence of Christ. And note the well-known painting of Washington praying in the snow at Valley Forge on one knee.

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Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

Liking the Trump ride

Once again, Shawn Vestal was reduced to sophomoric, unprofessional unpatriotic and offensive name-calling when he referred to participation in the Trump administration as "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride" on Oct. 13.

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Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

McMorris Rodgers blocked vote

Tom Horne's Sept. 14 letter ("Read CMR's comments") is very misleading. Repeatedly, Cathy McMorris Rodgers has simply parroted Republican speakers of the House – Reps. John Boehner and Paul Ryan -- with no mind of her own. Nevertheless, she is listed among House Republican leadership. As such, she joined the leadership's block of a full House vote on the June 27, 2013, bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the Senate, even though it had enough votes to pass the House at the time. Enough House Republicans joining Democrats favored the bipartisan Senate bill for it to become law with then-President Obama's signature had Republican House leaders, including McMorris Rodgers, allowed a vote by the full House.

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Mon., Oct. 30, 2017

New blood for council

Time to vote your ballots. The city of Spokane Valley has had some ups and downs (every city does); this council has focused well on its business-friendly approach by streamlining many processes. Having occasion to call City Hall and council members with questions, I've found they are efficient, caring, and get back to you with answers quickly. The City Council is doing a decent job, so I recommend retaining them.

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