TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2016

Council taking freedom

I have owned and operated a small business in the city of Spokane for the past 15 years. I read that Sen. Michael Baumgartner is creating a bill that would prevent local governments from mandating any further burdens like paid sick leave and raising the minimum wage on the local business. I couldn't agree with him more.

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Liberal arts vital

A Jan. 19 letter suggested that college students should be allowed to pass opt-out exams for some required classes in order to cut the time and expense of college. For things you already know, certainly.

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Tone deaf on internment

Gordon Spunich calls (Jan. 27) for our nation's leadership to "protect its citizens first and foremost, just as FDR did post-Pearl Harbor." Upwards of 60 percent of the detainees in U.S. World War II internment camps were themselves American citizens by birthright or naturalization. These citizens were not protected, but rather deported and incarcerated solely on the basis of their Japanese ancestry.

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MONDAY, FEB. 1, 2016

Contraception for everyone

A Jan. 19 letter claims that "life is good" because our world population can still fit in Texas. Though true, is it desirable? Has the author been on the streets of India or Bangladesh, or seen the young populations of Africa that are growing up with inadequate nutrition, education and jobs ahead? I have, and it's not a happy sight.

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Scrap graduation rate

The Jan. 28 editorial asks if Idaho's virtual schools are failing based on graduation rates. The answer is no. It's the federal graduation rate that has failed.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 31, 2016

Editorial: Germany has much to teach U.S. about refugee aid

FREYSTADT, Germany – I have been spending the last few months in Germany, and have been in awe how local volunteers here in a small, Sandpoint-size village near Nuremberg have taken care of 100 or so refugees with regards to housing, schooling, German lessons and other forms of integration. Talking to refugees from Syria, Iraq and Iran, the thing I hear most is that they are so happy to finally be safe. A Syrian mother of four told me how they had walked two months, leaving a bombed-out house and dead relatives behind. One 16-year-old doesn't dare to go outside because she was abused in a refugee camp in Hungary. Young men look forward to work, instead of being drafted by ISIS.

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Firefighters true heroes

I totally agree with the Jan. 20 letter writer ("In praise of firefighters") who defended and praised the actions of the Spokane firefighters during the November windstorm.

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Free enterprise trampled

Kudos to Mike Fagan for being the only Spokane City Council member who understands free enterprise. It's a slippery slope toward communism when the government can control how private business is run. Job benefits need to be left up to companies and unions to work out.

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Incinerator monitored?

Regarding "Burning question; City's waste incinerator in sights of Inslee's carbon plan (Jan. 26)": While the carbon footprint of Spokane's waste-to-energy plant is important, my first thought was to wonder how many, if any, toxins and carcinogens are released by all the plastics and other man-made materials that are burned there? Are people living downwind from the plant in danger of adverse health consequences because of this plant?

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Library depersonalized

A couple of days ago, I went online to the Spokane Public Library's website. There I requested that one book and one video be held for me to pick up. Today, I stopped by the library branch closest to my home. I retrieved the book and video I had requested, then I checked out these items using one of the library's digital scanners.

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Day after Pepperdine

Back with my day-after Pepperdine post. The Zags held off the Waves 69-66 to remain a half-game up (tied in the loss column) with Saint Mary’s atop the WCC standings. ...



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