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MONDAY, JUNE 19, 2017

Mon., June 19, 2017

Congrats to Ferris musicians

I recently sat in the Paul Brueggemeier Auditorium at Ferris High School and thrilled to the performances of amazing young musicians. They had just returned from a trip to San Francisco, where they took part in a musical competition. On display where the many large trophies and an equal number of gold first place plaques they had been awarded. And now, a packed auditorium was witnessing why they had done so well.

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Don't mess with USPS

The USPS is under attack again for not being profitable enough. Consider this: A law was passed in 2006 that required the U.S. Postal Service to pre-fund retiree health benefits. Other federal agencies and most private sector companies use a "pay-as-you-go" system, by which the entity pays premiums as they are billed. This mandate costs the USPS $5.5 billion in additional cash flow per year through 2016. A fund was created for that prefunding which is now being borrowed from by congress since the USPS won't need it for decades. Despite this, the Postal Service is providing universal service (delivery to any house in the U.S.) six days a week for 49 cents a letter. That's the cheapest rate in the world.

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Equality not so equal

Fly a Confederate flag, even on your own property, and see how quickly some government official will order you to take it down. Apply for a permit to hold a Caucasian pride parade and you will be labeled a hate-filled bigot. It is for certain your request for such a permit will be speedily rejected.

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Mon., June 19, 2017

GOP the selfish party

Many people saw Republican candidate Trump as a breath of fresh air. Others saw him as a carnival barker and a thug. Now we see both sides were wrong as we watch his presidency fall apart as we learn more about his family's potential conflicts of interest and his aides and appointees being questioned about illegal ties to Russia.

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Inequity in school funding

"Nationally, high-poverty districts spend 15.6 percent less per student than low-poverty districts do," says the U.S. Department of Education. This is unjust to the children in these high poverty school districts.

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Lessons as a child

Almost from birth, my parents told me there were two things I must never do. The first thing was to never lie. They said that under no circumstances should I think it is sometimes permissible to stretch the truth or that even an occasional white lie could be justified. It's simple, "You don't lie because once you tell something you know to be false, everything you say after can never be trusted to be the truth again."

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Radon levels and cancer

Shawn Vestal's excellent June 7 article concerning Spokane's cancer rates and causes was very informative and valuable. One potential cause of cancer, however, received little if any mention - that being the levels of radon in the Spokane area.

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Sad snorkeling adventure

Whatever the cause is of global warming, the consequences are alarming to see up close. I just returned from a once-in-a-lifetime vacation where the shallow water coral is dead. Snorkeling at a remote UNESCO World Heritage dive site was like being dropped into a black and white movie: no color, no fish, no sea fans or scallops. The dolphins are gone. Incredibly depressing to see.

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Service deaths underplayed

I am writing to express my anger at the editor's choice of what appears to minimize the sacrifices of American servicemen by reporting the death of three U.S. servicemen in Afghanistan on page 6 of the June 11 edition, and the choice of putting the article next to a picture of Moammar Gadhafi's son giving what appears to be a Nazi salute.

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Test score discrimination

Mandatory testing tied to diplomas again raises its ugly head with too many students failing to pass the biology test. There are those who tests as a graduation requirement, saying it discriminates against some students, while others maintain testing holds schools, teachers and students accountable.

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Thanks for AG's letter

I was interested to read the response to Sue Lani Madsen's column ("Public disclosure rules need fix", May 27) by Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

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Mon., June 19, 2017

Thanks for WWII articles

Thanks to Rachel Alexander for her fine Memorial Day article featuring World War II submariner Tom DePew at the Tolling of the Boats lost at sea. I have fond memories of singing the Navy hymn "Eternal Father" at Submarine Base Chapel at Pearl Harbor. The last verse was: "Bless those who serve beneath the deep/Through lonely hours their vigil keep/May peace their mission ever be/Protect each one we ask of Thee./ Bless those at home who wait and pray/For their return by night or day."

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