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SATURDAY, APRIL 22, 2017

Sat., April 22, 2017, midnight

Cartoon purely divisive

I believe in free speech, but I find it hard to rationalize publishing a political cartoon like the Mallard Fillmore strip in the April 15 paper. It doesn't really even attempt to make a point. Sometimes an "offensive" work can stimulate a productive discussion. This work, however, doesn't bring anything positive that this reader can discern. Please think twice before publishing anything else that only seeks to be divisive. It doesn't serve anyone's interests.

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Sat., April 22, 2017, midnight

City picks winners, losers

It makes me cringe every time I hear a Spokane city official say, "spectacular architectural feature", as city CFO Gavin Cooley recently said. No, he wasn't referring to the University District pedestrian bridge that will cost millions more than is required, but will look really nice. He and other city officials have heard the outcries from the taxpayers of Spokane for another rock climbing gym, to compete with privately run businesses.

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Sat., April 22, 2017, midnight

Communism isn't socialism

As a (relatively) new American, I was intrigued by Leo Fagan's viewpoint on America and Americanism ("One way ticket out," April 16). He seems to believe that America is the greatest country in the world (a view shared by Russians, Koreans, Japanese, French and many other countries), and I am not going to argue with his belief.

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Sat., April 22, 2017, midnight

Cut ties with Wildlife Services

Wildlife Services "temporarily" stopped the use of M-44 cyanide bombs in Idaho. It took the near loss of a child's life to realize the insidious impact of this torturous agency on wildlife.

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Sat., April 22, 2017, midnight

Permit process daunting

You know, I actually have sympathy for the luckless folks who have to go through the permitting process with a local municipality. Obtaining a permit is daunting, especially when going through it for the first time. Also, it is a moving target. So even if you are experienced at obtaining permits, it is still challenging because changes are always taking place, both internal and external to the municipality.

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Sat., April 22, 2017, midnight

Shea blocks constituents

Cathy McMorris Rodgers may be completely unresponsive to the needs of her constituents (no town halls and no replies to requests for information), but at least she doesn't block you from her Facebook page after you leave a comment that disagrees with her.

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Sat., April 22, 2017, midnight

Syria attack ill-considered

Bombing a Syrian airfield in reaction to the gassing of Syrian children may or may not have been the right thing to do, but the way President Donald Trump went about it was certainly very wrong. In this, he again went off half-cocked, for which he should be impeached, assuming that our representatives are not just a bunch of wimps.

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Sat., April 22, 2017, midnight

Upside-down tax code

Our upside-down state tax code is described as the nation's worst, with our regressive sales tax providing half our revenues while the poor pay seven times the rich.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 21, 2017

Fri., April 21, 2017, midnight

Easier for government to spy

There is one important aspect of Congress giving our internet providers the right to sell our internet usage without our consent that is not being discussed at this time. Congress has made it easier for the federal government to spy on Americans without obtaining a warrant from the FISA Court. It has long been known that our spy agencies have created storefront businesses to cover their espionage activities. These superficial businesses can now purchase our internet activities under the guise of obtaining marketing information.

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