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SUNDAY, NOV. 18, 2018

Where is the sympathy?

Now he has gone too far in his insensitivity! After saying he would give emergency funds to several California counties, President Trump then threatened to cut funds to those affected by the severe wildfire outbreak. The reason ... he says it's because of "gross mismanagement." So if they don't fix what her perceives as poor management immediately, no aid.

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SATURDAY, NOV. 17, 2018

A blue - and women's - wave

The Republican ability to ignore reality is again shown by John Wozniak's letter ("What wave?" Nov. 11, 2018). As of now, the GOP picked up only two Senate seats in a very extremely beneficial choice of which seats were up for election. At the same time, they've lost 32 seats in the House of Representatives. One tangent to note is that they won those seats with the same vote margin the GOP had when they won more than 60 seats in Obama's first mid-term, showing clearly that Republican voter disenfranchisement is working to cling to power.

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A not-so-cheap shot

John Blanchette's column, Broncos' ad a shot across Zags' bow, referencing the full-page ad purchased by the Santa Clara athletic department, brought a smile to my face while sipping my morning coffee. Talk may be cheap, but based upon S-R advertising rates, cheap talk will cost you $4,000.

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Confusion abounds

I can't tell you how confused I am. There are cattle ranchers who want/demand access to public land. They don't want the federal government to interfere. Yet when a few cows are eaten by wolves, they want the federal government to intervene. By killing wolves

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Dan Crenshaw: ‘SNL’ mocked my appearance. Here’s why I didn’t demand an apology.

The past couple of weeks have been unusual for me, to say the least. After a year of hard campaigning for Congress in Texas and gradually entering the public sphere, I was hit by a sudden, blinding spotlight. But I have no complaints – it wasn’t as bad as some other challenges I’ve faced, like a sudden, blinding IED explosion. (See what I did there? “Saturday Night Live” has created a comedic monster.) On the Nov. 3 show, “SNL”’s Pete Davidson mocked my appearance – “he lost his eye in war ... or whatever,” Davidson said, referring to the eye patch I wear. His line about my looking like a “hit man in a porno movie” was significantly less infuriating, albeit a little strange. I woke up on the Sunday morning after the show to hundreds of texts about what Davidson had said. A lot of America wasn’t happy. People thought some lines still shouldn’t be crossed.

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Jonah Goldberg: Stan Lee’s work a reflection of his times

Stan Lee, the reinventor of the comic book, died Monday at the ripe old age of 95. Comic books get a bad rap, although not nearly as bad as they used to. There was a time when comic books were the cause of an all-out moral panic. After the release of psychiatrist Fred Wertham’s book “The Seduction of the Innocent” in 1954, the Senate held hearings to grapple with the alleged moral rot of comics, which were supposedly fueling juvenile delinquency and moral degeneracy. Batman and Robin, you see, were secretly gay. Superman was an un-American ersatz fascist.

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Jordan treatment shameful

No clearer sign of a political party at risk of becoming inbred, out of touch and self-defeating than the barrage of attacks-from-within against Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan, intended to ensure the young Native woman would lose by at least as many points as the usual old white millionaire nominees do.

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No enforcement for Lime?

Since when is it OK to ride an electric-assisted scooter or bicycle on a city sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to step aside to avoid being hit, RCW 46.61.710(3)?

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Real change starts at home

We must not allow our lives to be governed by politically subjective talking points. It is imperative we direct ourselves to unprejudiced understanding and attain a knowledge that transcends political party lines.

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Thanks to medical educators

In Spokane and throughout Eastern Washington, physicians play a major role in our communities. For the past 45 years, many physicians and clinical partners here in Spokane have given generously of their time to teach and mentor University of Washington School of Medicine students. These doctors see benefit in giving back and recognize that they play an important role in developing future physicians; those who will be taking care of us, as well as our friends and neighbors.

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Thank you for your support

The Spokane Jewish community, including the congregations of Temple Beth Shalom and Congregation Emanu-El, would like to express its thanks for the incredible outpouring of support and sympathy from the Spokane community in response to the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Flowers and cards appeared at our doors the morning after the shooting and over 1,000 people poured into our synagogue for a community vigil on Oct. 30.

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