Opinion


TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017


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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MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017

MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017

Health coverage misunderstood

On PBS Newshour, I heard people explaining why they didn't believe they should have to pay for health insurance when they were healthy. It reminded me of being chair of Spokane Education Association's insurance committee. We had dental care included in our program, but not orthodontic care, and were getting inquires about adding that benefit. We found that we could add it for $7 a month per family. We did a survey of our membership and over 60 percent of our members did not want to add this expense to their budget. They didn't need it; it was not added.

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MONDAY, FEB. 20, 2017

Teen right to speak out

In response to Shannon Edwards, a 17-year-old from Spokane Valley who feels that her generation's views on politics are ignored: I assure you that you are our country's future and our only hope. I am sorry that many adults believe they should not discuss politics with their children. In a democracy, we presumably value freedom of speech and respect the rights of individuals, yet many adults refuse to heed their own children.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017


SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

Climate change churns on

Your Jan. 11 article, "Frigid temps: Inland Northwest and snow drifts is Midwest-Like," implies Spokane's 2016-17 winter is stacking up to past severe winters of the Midwest. However, the Midwest has been experiencing the same fluctuations of temperature and mild winter days.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

Council vote heartening

We now seem to be entering an unfolding nightmare of the Trump presidency. Already people feel deluged by a never-ending flood of executive orders that cause national damage and despair and widespread resistance demonstrations all over the country. None other than Gen. Colin Powell, a Republican, has called Trump a "national disgrace" and did not vote for him. Even his supporters are now having second thoughts about him.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

Didn't fight for this

We veterans served to uphold and protect the Constitution, the checks and balances that cement and protect it, believing in life, liberty and freedom for all. We served with our brothers and sisters of every culture and belief as equals and had each other's backs.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

Don't overlook safety

I just read Margaret Drumm's Feb. 10 letter, "Clarity on refugees." It's a well-written, informative letter. One bit of information to add to it: Al Qaeda, 2015, in their official publication, "Inspire," stated that one way of attacking "the Great Satan" would be to infiltrate refugee camps, posing as refugees, and after immigrating to America, do their jihad-type violence.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017

Make Medicare an option

We need to keep the ACA (Affordable Care Act), but amend it to allow Medicare to be added as one of the options for anyone at any age. Why are we so deeply entrenched with the idea that businesses must provide and subsidize the premium for health insurance for their workers? Imagine if businesses did not have to worry about any of the hassle or paperwork of health insurance because they could choose to have their workers bypass the insurance companies, and be insured directly with Medicare. Imagine if workers would not lose their coverage when they lost their jobs or retired.

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Blogs

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