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SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2016


In praise of Al Kiefer

Al Kiefer recently retired from the Spokane Public Library after over 30 years of service. An article in the paper highlighted his dedication to accommodating the reading needs of people with limited mobility through the Outreach Program. I saw Al in action when I worked in apartments in downtown Spokane. He is a true gentleman and demonstrated a positive outlook on life. Totally deserving of this recognition.

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Pakootas is strongest

After reading the bios and comments of Joe Pakootas and Dave Wilson, I conclude that Pakootas is the strongest candidate for the 5th district to replace McMorris-Rogers. Joe has vastly more leadership experience, overseeing health, education and job issues on the Colville reservation and others; basically he governed a small nation.

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Suggestions for voters

People are becoming concerned about the upcoming primary and general elections. The three incumbent Washington State Supreme Court justices up for election should be replaced. May I suggest Greg Zempel replace Barbara Madsen, Dave Larsen replace Charles Wiggins and Gonzaga law professor David DeWolf replace Mary Yu?

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Thanks for flag editorial

I want to thank James F. Burns for his outstanding account of the American flag printed on your editorial page on our nation's birthday. Each time I read Burns' editorial, I'm filled with emotion and can't hold back the tears of pride I feel for that which our flag stands.

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Transport by truck?

Rusty Nelson ("Obsolete technology," July 10) says that technology should be found to eliminate transporting oil and coal by train. Unfortunately, we do not have that technology yet. Coal and oil will be transported one way or another, so we must decide how to transport it.

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Volz a perfect fit

A state representative is perhaps the most challenging, underpaid and difficult elected position in Eastern Washington. It requires exceptional communication skills and the ability to decipher and manage a multi-billion dollar budget along with a majority of 97 other state reps.

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FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2016

Amy Goodman: Terror, tennis balls and Tamir Rice 

To reinforce the Cleveland police, a large contingent of Indiana State Police showed up, then riot police were deployed. Finally, a phalanx of police on horseback arrived. All this for about 15 women and one man from Code Pink and their 500 tennis balls.

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DUI policy much needed

I want to thank County Prosecutor Larry Haskell's decision to implement a tougher policy directed at DUI offenders. It appears to be much needed as I read with increasing frequency and alarm news accounts of devastating incidents involving DUI drivers and their impact on innocent citizens who became victims simply by unfortunately being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Blogs


Parting Shot: Dems nominate Hillary

Hillary Clinton on Tuesday became the first woman to be nominated for president by a major political party on an historic night that her campaign is hoping will reintroduce her ...



Salmon fishing heats up at Brewster Pool

FISHING -- Game On! for sockeye and chinook anglers on the upper Columbia River near Brewster. Apparently the Okanogan River has finally warmed up enough to form a thermal barrier ...





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