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FRIDAY, MAY 19, 2017


Fri., May 19, 2017

McMorris Rodgers Vote

During my 40th Bloomsday run (missed the first one), Rep. McMorris Rodgers was much in the news, noting Jimmy Kimmel's comments related to preexisting conditions to justify her lone vote among Washington U.S. Representatives in favor of Trumpcare. I lived and worked in Spokane for 44 years, before recently moving to the West Side, and still participate in events, follow local news and visit friends.

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Fri., May 19, 2017

Stand up for people

In the past, I have not agreed with everything my representatives have done, but I have always believed most of them have truly been working to make this a better country. Now, after the slew of recommendations, the party in power has weakened environmental protection, our education system and individual freedoms, and I no longer feel this way.

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Fri., May 19, 2017

Women, be yourself

Society today is constantly telling women to "be themselves" but "not that way." At a very young age, we are pressured to fit a certain mold. It's time we stop telling women how to be and start letting them be themselves. We have pressure to be girly and feminine and petite. Yet we also have pressure from people trying to break stereotypes to be big, unapologetic, sporty and not girly. Why can't we be both?

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THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017

Thu., May 18, 2017

Bad for small business

The Republican leadership's plan now headed to the Senate repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replacing it with a poor substitute would prove particularly harmful for my business and for the more than 4 million small-business owners, employees and self-employed entrepreneurs who have gained access to affordable coverage under the landmark health care law.

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Thu., May 18, 2017

Disappointed with ad

I was saddened (but not surprised) that you allowed the "Shame on you, Cathy" full page ad that ran May 9 to contain so many false facts.

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Thu., May 18, 2017

Election commission ignores real threat

What makes the exercise especially insufferable is that the country could use a nonpartisan commission of experts to protect the next U.S. election from interference from hackers and foreign intelligence agencies.

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Thu., May 18, 2017

Preexisting mindset?

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' recent column (May 5 edition) seems to reveal preexisting conditions of her own: deafness to her constituents, blindness to health care realities and mental delusions about the impacts and effectiveness of Trumpcare.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017

Wed., May 17, 2017

Basic responsibility

My compliments to Bob Strong for his May 5 letter, "Right thing to do." Universal medical coverage may not be an individual right but it is certainly a government responsibility and obligation. It provides for the common defense against disease and injury. It efficiently promotes the general welfare and insures domestic tranquility. Health care for everybody is essential to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. We have forgotten and forsaken the purpose of our government and ignored the establishment of justice for all.

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Wed., May 17, 2017

Bravo to France

I want to applaud the citizens of France for their wisdom and intelligence to vote for Emmanuel Macron as their president. In my opinion, Marine Le Pen was a female version, if not worse, compared to our current dictator. Sadly, the U.S. election process being hacked by the Russians impaired and blinded so many U.S. voters to believing that hatred and bigotry were the only solutions to "Make America Great Again."

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