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SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018

Bloomsday spirit

With the waning of civility and courtesy noted in the media of late, I was pleasantly reminded along the Bloomsday course last Sunday that these attributes are still present in strangers.

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Editorial: End collective bargaining secrecy

You might have noticed an insert in today’s paper for Initiative 1608. If, like us, you’re a fan of government accountability, you should give it a look. I-1608 would require local and state governments to conduct collective bargaining in public. There’d be no more haggling with public employee unions behind closed doors.

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Fareed Zakaria: Trump just proved Iran’s hardliners right

Jeb Bush said Donald Trump would be a “chaos president.” And last week, Trump lived up to the billing, choosing to defy virtually the entire world, including America’s closest European allies, and raising tensions in the most unstable part of the globe, the Middle East. It is hard to understand the rationale behind Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. If Iran is as dangerous and malign an actor as he says, surely it is best to have its nuclear program frozen at a pre-military level and monitored 24/7. The chances of getting Tehran to agree to more stringent terms are close to zero. If the terms of the Iran deal were applied to North Korea, it would require Pyongyang to destroy its nuclear weapons – the fruits of a decades-long effort – and agree to invasive inspections and foreign surveillance in a country so closed it is known as the Hermit Kingdom.

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Kealey qualified and principled

As Idaho's state controller, I oversee the state's financial systems and work closely with the state treasurer. We work to ensure that Idaho's finances are in order and can continue to support the rapid growth within our state. It is crucial that voters select a candidate who is qualified and will work hard to protect Idaho's money. Tom Kealey is that candidate.

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Malek has record of service

Luke Malek is running for the 1st Congressional District seat. He has a proven track record of listening to the voices of his constituents, aggressive problem-solving, and working tirelessly to improve our state.

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Money talks to Mulvaney

I'm stopped for speeding and I offer the officer $20 and he says ok, just watch your speed and I go off on my merry way without a ticket. Bribe accepted.

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Naftali Bennett: U.S. Embassy belongs in Jerusalem

The inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem is an important recognition of Israel’s inherent right to govern itself. It is also the start of a new era, one in which the international community’s relationship is based on reality and fact, not fantasy and fiction. President Donald Trump’s decision to allow the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act to move forward is historic. At the most basic level, it states what has been obvious to Jews for thousands of years: Jerusalem is, has been and will always be the capital of the Jewish people. This notion was formally adopted by Israel when it named Jerusalem its capital in December 1949. For too many years, however, foreign countries continued to site their embassies in Tel Aviv, a symbolic statement with a clear message – a refusal to recognize Jerusalem, even West Jerusalem, as the country’s capital.

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No dirt under CMR's nails

May 1, 2018, Gordon Spunich writes an editorial praising Cathy McMorris Rodgers' representation of us ("CMR a grassroots candidate"). I looked on the website www.govtrackus.us to see her voting record.

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Refugee or migrant?

The United Nations Refugee Agency has over 140 individual states and nations as signatories (including the USA) to a 1951 treaty governing the treatment of and the definition of "refugee": "A refugee is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion."

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Speak out against hunger

What is wrong with this picture: over 900,000 people in Washington receiving SNAP benefits ('When it comes to budgets, bottom lines don't lie,' Shawn Vestal, The Spokesman Review, April 29, 2018)?

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SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018

 (MorinToons Syndicate / Jim Morin)

Miami Herald: Sea-level rise: the defining issue of the century

No graver threat faces the future of South Florida than the accelerating pace of sea-level rise. In the past century, the sea has risen 9 inches. In the past 23 years, it’s risen 3 inches. By 2060, it’s predicted to rise another 2 feet, with no sign of slowing down. Think about that. Water levels could easily be 2 feet higher in 40 years. And scientists say that’s a conservative estimate. Because of melting ice sheets and how oceans circulate, there’s a chance South Florida’s sea level could be 3 feet higher by 2060 and as much as 8 feet by 2100, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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