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Terrorism comparison

I am a Catholic. So were members of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) who did kill Protestants in Northern Ireland - Protestants as disliked by the IRA as gays are by some coreligionists (including some Catholics as well as Muslims).

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Trump doesn't respect office

In my opinion, Trump has no respect for the office he is seeking, the president of the United States of America. This office is the most internationally important, the most prestigious, the most powerful position on our planet.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016

Madsen went off the track

Contrary to what columnist Sue Lani Madsen says, I do not feel the wreck at Mosier distracts us, but reminds us of the potential for disaster posed by oil trains running through downtown.

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Schools need urgent aid

Urgency - not patience - is what we need on school funding. The state Legislature has had four years since the McCleary decision was handed down, and nearly two years since they were held in contempt of court for failing to comply with the decision. They have had plenty of time to resolve the issues highlighted in your editorial. Yet this session came and went without any meaningful action to provide the stable, reliable and full funding our public schools need.

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Vote for gun sanity

I am a fan of the Second Amendment, particularly the part that says "well regulated" (as in "militia"). Don't tell me regulations would not eliminate the most recent holocaust or any other single tragedy. If sensible regulations save one life anywhere, why would we not support them?

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Cleanup is good news

Kudos for the muddy waters/Hangman Creek cleanup article on June 12. Growing up in the 1950s and '60s, I often saw muddy Hangman from the High Drive bluffs. Over the last few months, I've worked in Vinegar Flats and watched the steam flow almost daily. I expected to see muddy waters, but am surprised the creek flows pretty clear most days. But not every day.

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Creek worth conserving

Regarding muddy waters and Hangman Creek: Through education and greater community exposure to the creek, Spokane will take more value in this unique creek. The restoration efforts scheduled by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe at the headwaters can mimic efforts to restore the stream-side ecology within the city limits.

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Move Madsen's column

On June 10, Sue Lani Madsen's opinion piece, "Don't let emotions over train derailment impede good decision-making," ran on the front page of the Local News section. It's important news that the City Council passed a resolution asking to stop oil shipments after the derailment in Mosier, Oregon.

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Want chance for self-defense

So now the French are allowing the police to carry their weapons (guns) off duty. Terrorists are using knives to do their carnage. People in the Middle East are using bombs. Cars are also weapons. Poison is a threat.

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Weekend Wild Card — 7.30-31.16

I scratched another back yard honey-do off my list this weekend already by finishing another one of those projects that had been on the waiting list for years. It involved ...

West Nile Virus found in Lake Roosevelt mosquitoes

UPDATE 4:45 p.m. Quote from Dan Foster, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area superintendent: "We are working with the Washington Department of Health, our region, and national staff to understand the ...



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