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FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 2018

COPD awareness month

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) was the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States in 2016, following heart disease, cancer and unintentional injuries. More than 11 million people have been diagnosed with COPD, but millions more may have the disease without even knowing it.

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What about the deficit?

Well, another election occurred yesterday. All of the candidates stated what they were going to do if elected. However no one has mentioned what to do about the deficit.

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THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2018



WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7, 2018

Jason Grumet: Whatever happened Tuesday, democracy is damaged, but not yet broken

The nation’s view of our democracy has always been a unique contradiction of cheering, wailing and disinterest. The shining city on the hill is also a swampy snake pit. The world’s greatest deliberative body is hopelessly corrupt, and the land of opportunity is completely rigged. While opinions vary, the dominant sentiment these days is understandably bleak. According to a recent bipartisan poll, half the country believes we are in “real danger of becoming a nondemocratic, authoritarian country,” and over two-thirds of respondents believe democracy is growing weaker by the day. The more optimistic view points to the numerous crises we’ve weathered over the past two centuries and maintains an abiding belief that the structure of the democracy is essentially self-correcting. Public sentiments careen left, right, bold, fearful, populist, elitist, inclusive and uncharitable, yet somehow our democratic society serves as ballast that keeps us afloat despite churning seas.

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Randall D. Eliason: Buckle up. The Mueller investigation may once again take center stage.

When it comes to news from the office of the special counsel, it has been a quiet couple of months. It appears Robert Mueller has been abiding by the unwritten Justice Department policy of avoiding significant moves in political cases during the two months leading up to an election. Other events, such as the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, have consumed the public’s attention. But after Tuesday’s election, the Mueller investigation may once again take center stage. Of course, the lull in public action doesn’t mean Mueller and his team have been sitting on their hands. But because grand jury investigations are secret, little is known about what might be happening. The press and public are left trying to glean information from witnesses who have testified or from obscure court-docket entries with titles like “In re Sealed Case.” But with the election behind us, we soon may be able to rely on more than just speculation.

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Reel in the campaigns

Time for campaign reform. No campaign ads on TV or radio until three months before election. No ads after 8 p.m. No more environmental pollution with campaign signs. Eight months or more of being bombarded by candidates twisting the facts and negativity against other candidates to suit their own agenda is excessive. Enough is enough.

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Republican ACA 'reforms'

Like most partisans critical of the Affordable Care Act, Sue Lani Madsen, overlooks some things ("Familiar rub blocks bipartisan health care fix," Nov. 4).

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RR crossing poorly done

I'm disappointed by the rebuilt railroad crossing at Argonne in Millwood. It is now a speed bump rather than the level road it was before the Union Pacific Railroad made changes. You'd think that after months of planning and closing Argonne for three days, they would have gotten it right.

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Thank you, Whitman County

Election Day has finally come, and I want to thank the residents of Whitman County who took the time to fill out and return their ballot, participating in this most patriotic of duties. I would especially like to thank everyone who has shown or voiced support for my campaign for Whitman County commissioner. I wouldn't be able to do this without you volunteering, donating, or (my favorite) sharing a word-of-mouth recommendation.

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