The Spokesman-Review


SATURDAY, SEPT. 17, 2016

How not to persuade

I would like to thank The Spokesman's editors for a recent editorial by U.S. Rep, Tom Marino, R-Pa., concerning his support of presidential candidate Donald Trump ("Trump will return country to its people"). However, my gratitude is thoroughly apolitical, for it comes from deep inside my 21-year-high-school-English-teacher heart. This article will now serve in my classroom as the epitome of how never to write a persuasive text.

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Invite Johnson, Stein

Is it too much to ask for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to invite Gary Johnson and Jill Stein to participate in the presidential debates? In this year of so many disenchanted voters and frustration with a two-party system in this nation, this would be the right and fair thing to do.

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Obama has had disasters

Regarding Joe Speranzi's letter ("Obama 'disasters' look good," Sept. 6): Yes, unemployment is down to 4.9 percent, but the 8.4 million jobs created for the most part are not 40-hour-per-week jobs. These jobs are less than 30 hours to avoid the Obamacare mandate that employers must provide health care for jobs of 30 hours a week, which Obamacare declares as "full time."

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Pakootas best for vets

For anyone who cares about health care, Joe Pakootas is a much better candidate than Cathy McMorris Rodgers. McMorris Rodgers opposes Obamacare and she supports privatizing the VA health-care system, which would pit veterans against stockholders.

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Parks inherently dangerous

The Aug. 29 article titled "Increase of rule-flouting tourists ..." reminded me of a very well-written book I read, after I visited the Grand Canyon. I actually bought a copy at the gift shop.

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Scouts article made day

Thank you for the front page article highlighting Boy Scouts. How great a story and how very proud the entire troop, their leaders and families must be. Thank you. I congratulate them.

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Trump spurs terrorism

My son and daughter-in-law instruct farmers worldwide in sustainable agriculture. They've worked in Muslim countries without incident for over 10 years. But now they fear for their safety if Donald Trump is elected president. Even before Trump was the presumptive Republican nominee, ISIS recruited terrorists using videos featuring Trump's call to ban Muslims from the U.S. And if elected, terrorist recruitment featuring his bigotry will be even more effective.

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 16, 2016

AG Ferguson has experience edge

Bob Ferguson came into office promising to be a staunch protector of consumers, and he has taken on some powerful entities. He has also followed through on his vow to advocate for open government.

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Sunday Spin 2: Put your hand in the hand…

National news commentators were almost apoplectic Wednesday night when Trump and Hillary Clinton didn’t shake hands before or after the final debate. That was down from two shakes in the ...



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