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SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016

Level the energy field

Oil train cars burning within view of the Columbia River. If you needed a wake-up call that we need to level the carbon playing field, the train derailment in Oregon is it. Our nation's subsidy of fossil fuel needs to end.

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Teachers maligned

Washington lawmakers introduced a bill (SB 6332) this year that sought to remedy the looming teacher shortage. Unfortunately they chose to address variables other than the precipitating cause of the problem, which is the unjustified media- and politically-driven disrespect of teachers, claiming that our schools are failing (which is simply inaccurate) and that it's primarily teachers' fault.

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Trump claim ridiculous

Whoa, wait a minute. Donald Trump didn't want anyone to know about his donation to a veterans' charity because he didn't want to be credited for a good deed? Yeah, sure, and John Wilkes Booth went to Ford's Theater that night because he was a patron of the arts.

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Trump's ego a red flag

Regarding "The lesser of two evils": I have to disagree with some people in referring to their choice of Donald Trump as a lesser of two evils. The most glaring difference in our choices is that they seem to admire Trump for his refusal to "back down from his opinions" right or wrong. I see this as a real negative, even if it were true.

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Trump trashed POW

Early last summer, U.S. Sen. John McCain accused Donald Trump of "firing up the crazies" with his controversial statements, and Trump responded by saying of McCain, "He's not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren't captured."

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SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2016

Article sensitive, eye-opening

Eli Francovich deserves kudos and awards for the article on Rachel White. The article is a sensitive, insightful, thorough study of a transgender child and her family, their challenges and their successes.

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Disillusionment drives campaign

Although Bernie Sanders' and Donald Trump's core supporters appear different, they seem to share a disillusion with the American Dream. Millennials, who are core Sanders' constituents, cannot afford college or are graduating indebted, not finding jobs commensurate with their expectations. A cause of the latter: non-retiring boomers - they are living longer, are healthier and cannot afford health care.

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