THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2016

Greed harms Mt. Spokane

Regarding "Court temporarily halts Mt. Spokane expansion project (Jan. 25)": Our Creator gave people our planet, Mother Earth, for us to live on in peace. Then ugly greed loomed.

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Inslee, Murray misguided

Gov. Jay Inslee has endangered Washington aluminum manufacturers with his plan to limit emissions, possibly increasing their operating costs. Sen. Patty Murray has added to the problem by supporting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which allows foreign products to flood our shores. The truth on how aluminum is made in other countries needs to be shared.

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So much for local control

Regarding "New sick leave law prompts proposal (Jan. 27)": So much for conservatives touting local control. Apparently, that's local control only for issues conservatives support, not for others they disagree with.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2016

Council taking freedom

I have owned and operated a small business in the city of Spokane for the past 15 years. I read that Sen. Michael Baumgartner is creating a bill that would prevent local governments from mandating any further burdens like paid sick leave and raising the minimum wage on the local business. I couldn't agree with him more.

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Liberal arts vital

A Jan. 19 letter suggested that college students should be allowed to pass opt-out exams for some required classes in order to cut the time and expense of college. For things you already know, certainly.

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Tone deaf on internment

Gordon Spunich calls (Jan. 27) for our nation's leadership to "protect its citizens first and foremost, just as FDR did post-Pearl Harbor." Upwards of 60 percent of the detainees in U.S. World War II internment camps were themselves American citizens by birthright or naturalization. These citizens were not protected, but rather deported and incarcerated solely on the basis of their Japanese ancestry.

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MONDAY, FEB. 1, 2016

Contraception for everyone

A Jan. 19 letter claims that "life is good" because our world population can still fit in Texas. Though true, is it desirable? Has the author been on the streets of India or Bangladesh, or seen the young populations of Africa that are growing up with inadequate nutrition, education and jobs ahead? I have, and it's not a happy sight.

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TGIF Wild Card — 2.5.16

I find myself eyeing my garden spot in the back yard every morning when I first wake up. I have plans for some changes there. But I did much of ...

The week that was…

Tonight’s “Idaho Reports” rounds up the happenings of the fourth week of this year’s legislative session, from Medicaid expansion to tax cuts. Melissa Davlin interviews House Health & Welfare Chairman ...

5 education reads found in the last 7 days

More education writing. This week covers imposter syndrome, (especially among high-achieving students of color) the five folk looking to run the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (what a ...

Scouting the WSU opponent: Arizona State

Washington State's best chance to get out of the Pac-12 cellar comes when it takes on 11th-place Arizona State at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Cougars lost a tight game ...



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