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SATURDAY, DEC. 9, 2017


Sat., Dec. 9, 2017

Gary Abernathy: No reason to abandon steadfast Trump

Trump has tried to keep his biggest campaign promises on repealing Obamacare, securing the border and cutting taxes, and he stayed true to his word with his pick of Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. Now, his declaration of U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital fulfills another pledge.

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Sat., Dec. 9, 2017

Media role appalling

I have had a difficult time trying to assess clearly the proliferating charges of sexual harassment. In the first place, the misbehavior is harassment, not sexuality and certainly not gender. Sex and gender have to do with human nature and are beyond the law. Secondly, the misbehavior, wrong-headed and lamentable though it may be, is varying in degrees of harassment, but it is always the salacious bits that drive the story. Third, the charges are not made in court but in the media -- social, print and broadcast; the case is tried in media; the conviction and sentencing are pronounced in media. It may go a step too far to say the atmosphere is inquisitorial, but it smacks of vigilantism; it has the odor of the HUAC hearings of the 1950s.

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Sat., Dec. 9, 2017

Reality check on Trump

Craig Detmer's Nov. 27 letter ("Trump and Clinton") is revisionist history. He claims that Democrats ignored Clinton's accusers. However, Democrats noticed that Clinton came to agreements with the accusers, and Lewinsky was never an accuser. Democrats also note that Republicans, before Clinton, made clear excuses for Clarence Thomas.

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Sat., Dec. 9, 2017

SPS makes wise choice

I would like to commend District 81 (Spokane Public Schools) for its decision to build its sex education program in house, lesson by lesson. Although the Planned Parenthood "Get Real" program favored by some meets state standards, it appears to me to be a one-size-fits-all approach to sex education.

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Sat., Dec. 9, 2017

The usual scam

Here we are with politicians, namely the Republicans, trying to scrounge up yet another unearned gift for their rich campaign donors. We'll hear the usual lie about the religion of trickle-down and how it supposedly encourages the rich to reinvest their money and grow the economy, which as we have all seen, does not happen. It does not happen because it is just a gift, a giveaway, a freebie to those who already have more than enough.

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Sat., Dec. 9, 2017

Women have a voice

Sexual harassment has gone on forever. It has only now become public because one courageous woman after another has come forward. Enough is enough. As an older woman, I look back at the pat on the backside, a pinch here or there and can remember feeling irritated, but mostly disrespected. The man, on the other hand, snickered and somehow thought I felt flattered. I never felt empowered to say anything. Job security, humiliation and fear of reprisal were some of the reasons.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 8, 2017



THURSDAY, DEC. 7, 2017

Thu., Dec. 7, 2017

Educate about eating

Alcohol, drugs, safe sex and health foods are all taught in our high school classes, yet we tend to skip teaching our students about the disorder that has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Serious eating disorders affect 8 million Americans, yet 10 percent of Americans reach adulthood unaware of any type of the disorder. Having an education on this severe issue starting in high school can help children identify and prevent the symptoms of the disorder.

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