Opinion


SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017


SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017

Tax check hard to write

As a handicapped widow in my mid-80s, I've paid income tax for almost 70 years. I've always felt that paying income tax was well worth the luck and privilege of being born and living in the United States of America.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2017

Worse than booing

I see in the paper some people were rude for "booing" our congresswoman at the MLK. rally. I guess "rude," like "beauty," is "to the beholder."

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SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2017

SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2017

Buyer's remorse?

Poor Donald Trump claims that the intelligence community and the media are on a "witch hunt" regarding his ties to Russia. He even claims that it is like Nazi Germany. It seems to me that he could alleviate all the criticism by simply releasing a full and uncensored copy of his financial and business records (as every modern president-elect has done before him). That way we could see for ourselves whether he is honest or not.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2017

CMR, GOP not credible

If a resolution to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics would have gone to a vote, Cathy McMorris Rodgers declared she would have voted for this measure. In March, this non-political Office of Congressional Ethics said there was "substantial reason to believe" that the illegal diversion of tax-paid staff, resources and money to her campaign occurred. The allegations were referred to the House Ethics Committee, which chose not to empanel a subcommittee to investigate after she lawyered up and former staffer Todd Winer was vigorously defamed.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2017

Improve care, save money

The recent article about U.S. students falling further behind other countries in math may help explain the proposals to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. It is a well-documented fact that the U.S. spends almost twice as much as other countries to get health care that is not as good. Even the insurance industry knows that in order to make the system work in a financially sound manner, you have to have a large pool of participants to spread the risk and lower the cost.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2017

Pressure candidates to pay

Addressing the Jan. 12 article about the presidential candidates not paying back Spokane for rallies, I feel this is the higher-ups trying to push down the common man once again. Granted, they are very busy people, they should nonetheless make sure to pay their fees as they go. I feel we should put more pressure on them to pay up to show that they should be servants to the public, not vice versa.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2017

School upgrades deserved

In February, the Cheney School District is asking for our support to improve the facilities of the Cheney schools. As a community, we are lucky to have such a good school district for our kids which also benefits us in property values and in great neighbors.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2017

Sessions article omits support

Regarding the Jan. 12 Associated Press article "Black lawmakers say Sessions unfit": I watched the televised testimony and wondered why the story didn't mention the three black men who supported Sessions, as well as a former attorney general, Michael Mukasey, who is a Republican.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 21, 2017

Student says vote yes

I have attended Cheney School District since kindergarten and have witnessed tremendous growth in our schools. While I was at Windsor Elementary, attendance doubled from 300 to 600 students. Our elementary schools and high school have not received needed renovations to ensure safety and provide the most effective learning environment.

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