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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

Parliament outshines Congress

Having watched several clips of British Parliament in action I was immediately struck by the spontaneity and vitality of those benighted gentlemen across the Atlantic in sharp contradistinction to the staid lethargy and hangdog hopelessness of our own crowd who happen to now be occupying the great halls of the United States Congress.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

Putin's water boy

Vladimir Putin could not have asked for a better three weeks than the first three weeks of the Trump presidency. Sowing discord with one of our most loyal allies (Australia), our second largest trading partner (Mexico) and riling up hatred in the Muslim world for America (travel ban), with a foreign policy messaging that is at best schizophrenic, Trump has performed impeccably. Pfft. Trump's "America First" is merely code for "America Isolated."

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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

Refuse to assimilate

America can't be "a great melting pot" if immigrants refuse to melt. For 200 years people who have come to this country have been willing to assimilate, adopting our laws and aspects of our culture while retaining some aspects of their former culture.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

Repeating history?

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it" -- George Santayana. Are we in the United States trying to repeating history?

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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

Silence is approval

Regarding a Jan. 29 article, "Judges block Trump's immigration order": The article described the executive order and some of the subsequent consequences, chaos and legal challenges associated with this action. The last paragraph in the article read: "In Congress, reaction to the immigration chaos tended to break down along party lines, with vociferous criticism from Democrats while Republicans largely remained silent."

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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

Stop picking fights

I like immigrants. My grandparents were a couple of nice Norwegians. I think Mexicans are kind of special. My daughter-in-law is from there. Judges are some of the nicest people I know, as long as you're on the right side of the bench. Aussies are terribly funny people. Women are pretty nice, too. My wife is one.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

Stop the insanity

Article 6 of the U.S. Constitution states "This Constitution and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be The Supreme Law of the Land." This means any treaty ratified by Congress shall be the law above any other law, federal, state or municipal.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

Taking us to war

Because President Trump's order pertained to immigration, the hot debate has focused on the immigration and terrorism. Except we've never been attacked by a terrorist that originated in those nations. This list doesn't concern terrorism; it's a list of countries subject to our coming war.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

Vowing to oppose

To my cherished family and friends who vote Republican and have urged me to "disregard campaign rhetoric and wait and see what President Trump actually does," I offer John Hagney's op-ed ("Trump faces master manipulator in Putin," Feb. 5).

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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

Where is CMR's voice?

Where is Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' voice? Donald Trump signed an executive order that banned citizens from seven countries from entering the United States. He said it is necessary to keep us safe. Yet no citizen from those seven countries has killed anyone in the United States in a terrorist act.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 18, 2017

Which promises to believe?

It was amazing to read that President Trump is seeking to assure Americans that "he is ready to begin governing a divided nation." It is because of his governing by "tweet" and social media that we are today a divided nation. As editorial after editorial has pointed out, "He is not our president, he is our CEO."

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FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2017






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