SUNDAY, DEC. 20, 2015

Radicalized regardless of faith

The political process that is supposed to keep America a free and vital country is currently pretty dysfunctional. The best interests of the country are routinely put on the back burner; party line loyalty takes precedence. Ongoing discussion, the main lubricant in a free society, has all but dried up. Hard facts are often causalities in politically charged situations.

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Stand against discrimination

Recently, I met with a group of local citizens and heard distressing stories describing the fear and harassment that Muslims in our community face every day. Among those in attendance were a health care worker, a casino employee, an electrical engineer, a professor, a stay-at-home mom, and an attorney who is also an Iraq War veteran.

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War of words, too

No one on the GOP debate stage understood that the word "caliphate" played directly into ISIL's hands. The caliphate would be the legitimate successor to the Prophet Mohammed. This is exactly how they wish to be characterized.

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SATURDAY, DEC. 19, 2015

I choose self-defense

As a law-abiding, reasonably sane citizen of this country, the U.S. Constitution gives me the right to keep and bear arms. If you think the government is going to protect you from people like Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik or any other not so law-abiding citizens that cause the majority of gun deaths, I'm happy for you. I, on the other hand, prefer to protect myself.

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Planet is top priority

In response to ISIL being more of a threat than global warming, how can anyone not know that we need a planet with clean air and water to survive? We need to move away from fossil fuels and create more carbon-reducing forests and jungles to offset the cycle of destruction.

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Trump comments fit Obama

Dana Milbank's Dec. 10 column was intriguing. His prose painting Donald Trump as a Mussolini-like fascist described President Obama, ironically, well.

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Vets' event merited coverage

On Dec. 12, as part of Wreaths Across America, evergreen wreaths were placed on the graves of men and women who served in our nation's armed services. Over 1,200 wreaths were placed by volunteers at the Veteran's Cemetery at Medical Lake. This was just one of over 1,000 cemeteries nationwide that held a ceremony on this day.

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What about the masks?

I am wondering why, when Alaska Flight 2372 filled with smoke, the oxygen masks weren't deployed. It seems that getting to each passenger with a wet towel was more time-consuming and less effective. The Dec. 16 Spokesman-Review article did not explain why this was the preferred solution.

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FRIDAY, DEC. 18, 2015

Discipline, sense lacking

Neil Heyen (Dec. 11) needs some kind of a sensible response as he sounds like a sensible man. My granddad was a pioneer doctor and farmer who came west in 1900. My dad followed him out to marry his daughter. I was born in 1937.

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GU men’s basketball: Bulldogs at Waves

WCC Men's Basketball Gonzaga Bulldogs (18-5, 10-2) at Pepperdine Waves (14-9, 7-5) Saturday, Feb. 6, 9 p.m. | Firestone Fieldhouse, Malibu, Calif. Watch: TV: ESPN2, Online: WatchESPN.com Outlook: Zags looking ...

Super Bowl Weekend Wild Card

On Sunday, Mrs. O & I will host our first Super Bowl party in quite awhile. Usually, we're the invitee rather than the invited. Two of the guests are recent ...



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