Opinion


SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2017


SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2017

Modern day McCarthy

"At long last, have you no sense of decency?" These words were spoken by Joseph Welch during the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings and directed at Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the anti-Communist demagogue of his time.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2017

Quebec terrorist underreported

Funny how there is almost a news blackout on the Quebec terrorist who committed a mass murder at a mosque. He said on blogs he supports Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen, the French right-winger. But, hey, he's white.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 11, 2017

Thwart dictatorial streak

Americans of both parties should be alarmed at the shoot from the hip, vindictive governing style occurring in Washington now. Where is the debate on these serious issues such as reinstatement and broadening of Mexico City policy, muzzling of government employees and the infamous border wall?

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FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017

FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017

Clarity on refugees

I see confusion about who refugees are. First, who they are not. They are not illegal aliens. Nor are they ordinary immigrants. Besides being vetted by five U.S. security agencies, which takes about two years, to be eligible for the U.S. refugee resettlement program, refugees must also meet this strict legal definition: an individual who is outside his or her country of nationality or habitual residence who is unable or unwilling to return due to a well-founded fear of persecution based on his or her race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017

Defend Planned Parenthood

On Feb. 11, opposition groups across the country will rally to defund Planned Parenthood. As a clergy person from this area, it is my duty to speak out against about this campaign. People of faith should be active in defending Planned Parenthood through advocacy, donations and volunteer opportunities. The vast majority of responsible citizens do not want to see reproductive health attacked, nor do they want to see the government defund this vital link to women's health. To be clear, such action would most harm communities of color, people in rural areas and those with low incomes.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017

Fagan shows courage

It is unusual for most of us, especially these days, to step over to the "other side." How hard it is to heed a different direction than the steps now tracing my own dug-in tracks. I confess I don't easily do so.

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UPDATED: FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017, 9:05 A.M.

GOP should warm to carbon dividend

Today’s Republican leaders could get behind a carbon tax as insurance, without changing their minds on the science. The carbon tax and dividend would be a “just in case” action that would not imperil the economy.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017

Grant delays sensible

The Jan. 26 Spokesman-Review contained four stories under the heading, "How will Trump's policies affect us?" Two stories dealt primarily with receiving grant money. All four stories were speculative and came to the same conclusions (paraphrasing): "We don't know yet. Things are on hold."

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FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017

Immigration fact omitted

Interesting opening line in Froma Harrop's Jan. 21 column, "Illegal immigration from Mexico is yesterday's problem." Apparently, The Spokesman-Review believes the same thing.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017

Jewish support for ordinance

As leaders of the Jewish community in Spokane, we state our support for the City Council ordinance barring employees from participating in a registry of citizens based on faith. We are also distressed and angered by the federal ban on entry of individuals from Muslim countries.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 10, 2017

Save America, impeach Trump

Part of the definition of narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy for others.

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