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SUNDAY, APRIL 16, 2017

Sun., April 16, 2017, midnight

Where do 'rights' end?

Regarding Allen DeLaubenfels' letter ("Health care a basic right," April 4): Using his perverted interpretation of the Declaration of Independence and his claim that health care is an "unalienable right," let's carry it to a logical conclusion. Since housing keeps us warm and secure, the government should provide us with free housing, and since we need food to live, the government should provide free food. We also need clothing to keep warm to live so how about free clothing and do not forget shoes.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2017

Sat., April 15, 2017, midnight

Change laws, don't defy

I am upset that the politicians in Washington state believe that they can ignore the laws of the country. Not everyone likes Mr. Trump, but he was elected by the people to be president of the United States. If his administration elects to enforce federal law that marijuana is illegal, work with other states to change the federal law, don't just ignore the existing law.

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Sat., April 15, 2017, midnight

Gonzaga, sticks and stones

Here we go again. On April 1, the S-R published an article about Gonzaga University suppressing free speech over a t-shirt. About 12 to 14 months ago the same administration attempted to reject the

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Sat., April 15, 2017, midnight

Medicare for everyone

The president can fix our health care problem. Just put us all on Medicare and the problem would be over. The IRS knows who and where we are because it's all in the tax rolls.

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Sat., April 15, 2017, midnight

Spokane proud of GU

All eyes were on GU's men's basketball team playing against the University of North Carolina. During the 2016-17 season, the excitement continued to grow as Mark Few's team won game after game. Everyone felt the thrill of winning. Spokane was in awe. After a long, grueling season, "our team" actually realized the dream of making it to the NCAA National Championship in Glendale, Arizona. Then, the jaw-dropping heartache of losing to the Tar Heels. So close and yet. ...

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Sat., April 15, 2017, midnight

Trump's bait and switch

If you have ever been played, you feel foolish first and angry second. Donald Trump has a disapproval rating of 53.6 percent. Astoundingly there are 39.8 percent who approve.

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Sat., April 15, 2017, midnight

What about Ice Age?

In an April 9 letter to the editor, a professor emeritus, in his defense of man-caused climate change, writes that certain aspects of science do not change. They are facts. He writes, "That humans have oxidized large amounts of coal and oil and carbon dioxide was given off and that has increased atmospheric temperature are facts. Our minds are not closed, they are able to recognize facts."

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FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017


Fri., April 14, 2017, midnight

Dams aid irrigation

A recent Sue Lani Madsen column about Snake River Dams mentioned that their purpose is to provide barge freight, flood control (remember when Portland was flooded) and power. No mention of the irrigation of crops worth tens of millions of dollars. Take them out and you turn those acres back into sand and sage brush. Also, you would be reducing a large river into a small river, with mass areas of silt and mud adjacent to it for a hundred miles for a few fish.

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