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THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2017

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017

Distracted driving law needs an update

Common sense says a driver shouldn’t be holding a phone. So if you’re wondering why people aren’t being pulled over as they poke at them, it’s because the Legislature has failed to update the law.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017

Don't protest legitimacy

George W. Bush was installed by the Supreme Court, which halted the Florida vote count. Aside from voter suppression and "lost" (tossed) ballots common to both races, Trump actually won the Electoral College. Why didn't the Democrats more vigorously protest the more illegitimate election of Bush, a bigger travesty, than this one? Because of their compatibility with him?

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017

Medicare for All

Sue Lani Madsen's Feb. 4 column praises Switzerland's health insurance system for its competitive marketplace, as if that is its key element. More importantly, the Swiss adopted a modified German system where all insurers are nonprofit, divorced from employers and must accept all applicants and pay all claims without deductibles or co-pays. Patients go to any provider. Premiums are based on income, not age, and whatever the market will bear, and insurance is mandatory. All insurers must offer the same basic policy. Numerous companies compete only on extra benefits and user-friendliness.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2017

Terrorism not 'Muslim-specific'

Regarding Rosemary Schofhauser's Feb. 12 letter ("Remember our history") in which she invites citizens to "Remember Fort Hood, Boston, San Bernardino and the Twin Towers." While those horrific events must never be forgotten, we also need to remember Timothy McVeigh's bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City, Dylann Roof's cold-blooded murder of black churchgoers and our own Kevin Harpham's attempted bombing of the MLK Day parade.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017




TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017

Remember history

My first ancestors were Puritans who came to this country in 1629 as refugees from the Anglican Church of England. Two other branches were Quakers who settled here in the 1600s for the same reason. Another branch was Swiss Mennonites who settled here in the 1600s to escape the religious wars of Europe. Two of my ancestors were Protestants who were burned at the stake by Catholic Queen Mary of England, and their grandchildren settled here in the 1600s.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017

Trump embraces banks

He who ran hard and railed loudly against Wall Street banks wasted no time in betraying his promise (and American investors) by signing an executive order for yet another round of Wall Street deregulation. Didn't he refer to Hillary as Wall Street's handmaiden? Crooked Hillary? No smug cackling from Hillary voters, please - it was Slick Willy who bestowed upon Wall Street the same lucrative gift by dismantling the Glass-Steagall Act. The only difference was that Clinton's betrayal earned bipartisan support in Congress.

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TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017

Wrong about Obama

Jim Barbieri's recent letter criticizing Obama (again) is a continuation of nonsense. Actually, Obama was one of the better presidents of the last half-century or so. Millions of people have health care, there are more jobs, unemployment was lower, and the economy was better off than under his predecessors.

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