Opinion


SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

Enforce fines for businesses that don't clear sidewalks

If the city needs more money to do a better job of clearing the streets, why not enforce fines for businesses not clearing the sidewalks in front of their buildings? I have witnessed mothers with young children and the elderly trying to navigate sidewalks of doctors' and dentists' offices, retirement homes and apartment complexes on 29th Avenue, where no attempt has been made to plow. One mother was into the street with a stroller!

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SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

Math is bad for CMR

Trump's (Bannon's) latest executive order banning immigrants and refugees reveals that they are not only short on vocabulary, but a little short on math as well. For example: number of Americans killed in the U.S. by immigrants or refugees from the targeted countries, 0; number of Americans killed by just three countries not targeted by the ban (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE): 3,000. Oh, and those countries left out of the ban just happen to host Trump hotels and office buildings. Coincidence?

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SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

Maybe rioters are fascists

Riots, assaults and looting by the left stopped a speech at UC-Berkeley. After the election, rioting by the left occurred in many U.S. cities. At the recent women's march in Washington, one speaker called for the White House to be blown up. At an anti-Trump rally in Seattle, one speaker said, "We need to start killing people."

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SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

Moments of encouragement

I am writing to share two things that have encouraged me amid the uncertainty in our nation. The first is that on Jan. 29, when I was protesting downtown with 600 other people in support of my refugee and immigrant family and friends, Spokane police were respectful and helped facilitate the large crowd crossing streets. They even closed a city block so that we could protest outside Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers' office.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

Publish votes from officials

Regarding John Thielbahr's Jan. 26 letter ("Publish all votes"): We agree this would be informative information for every S-R reader in Spokane County. Just publish votes for the 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th and 9th legislative district elected officials.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

Remember our history

I would like to remind our citizens of the following history. Remember Fort Hood. Remember Boston. Remember San Bernardino. Remember the Twin Towers.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

S-R unfair to Trump

While I did not vote for President Trump (Libertarian), I do support his efforts and follow through. To see a politician actually do what he said he would do is refreshing, to say the least. No more symbolism over substance like the Democrats seem to practice.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

Trump talk dangerous

Donald Trump's need to do "show and tell" with executive orders banning Muslims from seven countries and his careless mouth at the CIA saying, "take their oil," places targets on the backs of every service member in the Middle East and North Africa.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

Vote to boost schools

I recently learned that there are no private schools in Finland. The rich and poor alike send their kids to the same public school, thus all are motivated to build, support and provide the best possible school system in their neighborhood. Many of you might already know that Finnish students consistently rank No. 1 in the world for reading, mathematics and science. In comparison, America ranks 21st out of 34 countries represented in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in those same academic areas.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 12, 2017

Work together on snow

Where is the Spokane I used to know? All I see on the news is what a bad job hard-working city employees are doing in clearing the streets. They are short on sleep, missing family time, working in cold, wet, dirty conditions, going home tired to the bone and going back the next day or night to do it all over again.

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