The Spokesman-Review


MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2016

Forget Trump; vote smart

The Republican Party doesn't plan to win this election. They don't want their label on the economic and environmental problems they know are coming in the next four years, so they selected Donald Trump and gave him the job of alienating just about every group of voters and instilling fear and paranoia.

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Wilson reaches out

Everyone who is reading this letter knows that politics, as we have known it, is changing. It may be time to refresh politics, and find new ways to give a voice to the people who our elected representatives are advocating for. The face of the constituency is definitely changing-age, gender, race, nationality-all elements of our demographics.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2016

Ali a role model

A few years ago, my son asked me who is an ethical and courageous touchstone for young men. Without hesitation, I said Muhammad Ali.

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Child being manipulated

Disturbing reading about the manipulation and agenda going on in the story of "Being Rachel." Clearly the adults in his life will be responsible for what could be a terribly confused and negative experience for him throughout his growing up period. Tomboys and effeminate young males have always existed and that will not change. Most will gravitate toward their biological sex defined at birth as they grow older.

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Councilmen should be booted

Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins was quoted in Sunday's May 29 Northwest section of the newspaper as saying, "The folks (i.e. councilman) who just resigned can't seem to come to terms with the fact they lost." But they didn't lose. They resigned after being successfully reelected, but due to the illegal activities cited in this article, quit as they and others have been railroaded out of office.

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Riverfront Park project on track for success

Recently, articles in this newspaper and other publications have raised legitimate questions about the progress of the redevelopment of Riverfront Park following the voters’ approval of a $64.3 million bond in November 2014. Frankly, the scope and complexity of this project were far greater than the Park Board and Parks and Recreation staff could have imagined. Our early desire to “hit the ground running” on this project was met with the cold, hard reality that we first needed to assemble a lot more resources to get this project done right and on budget. Just coming to that realization, and getting those resources together, cost us many months.

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Say goodbye to Fairchild

Jay Inslee's decision to allow a tribal casino to be built close to Fairchild Air Force Base is a political statement. Inslee would never have approved a casino near the confines of combined base Lewis-McChord, for Lewis-McChord is embedded in the blue-dominated counties of Western Washington.

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Support the union

Thank you for publishing the article on the region's labor unions and the picture of solidarity by the Machinists union at the Triumph Composite site. It makes me more aware that organized labor was and is a big part of what made this country great.

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Wild Card/Thursday — 6.30.16

On my bike ride to work this morning, I noticed a Waste Management truck picking up garbage in my neighborhood, the last day of service by the company to the ...

Battle of Spokane trivia tidbits

Here are the quarterfinals. 1) A short-lived Spokane hockey team, the Canaries, could have won the Stanley Cup vs. 8) Spokane was mentioned in the episode of "The Andy Griffith ...



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