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Good time to pass school levy

When owning a home, there always seem to be things that need fixing. Waiting doesn’t change that fact, it just delays the inevitable. The Coeur d’Alene School District has five schools (building dates ranging from 1950-1975) that need major improvements in a variety of areas (heating, ventilation, electrical, wiring, additional classrooms, etc.). Vote yes for the bond on Aug. 28, so the projects can be completed quickly at a reasonable rate. The timing is perfect because with two previous school taxes ending, there will be no increase in taxes, and construction costs are low right now.

With a bond, completion of all the projects can be done swiftly in three years time, ensuring the students in our community have safe schools with 21st century classrooms right away. Invest in our school buildings without raising taxes and support CdA School District’s goal to continue being the top performing district out of all the large school districts in Idaho.

Chad and Jodi Booth and Tom and Diana Booth

Coeur d’Alene

Privatize, outsource defense

Since hypocrisy seems to be the new guideline for political discussion, how about this: For those who are so concerned about the government controlling vital services like health care, why is there no outcry about the government controlling the single largest federal expenditure, namely the military? Especially since the military is the only government agency that continues to refuse to be audited so that we know how our tax dollars are being spent. I suggest that we privatize the military, since we all know that private industry is better for the country. Also, since the Chinese seem to do a better job of supplying U.S. manufacturing, maybe they could provide a better military service, at a lower cost. Just offering a conservative suggestion in tune with the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Daniel Schaffer


McMorris Rodgers all talk

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is a highly visible member of a do-nothing Congress that has only a 10 percent favorability rating; the lowest in recent history. She has voted against bills that would benefit women, such as the Lilly Ledbetter Act, which would give equal pay for equal work. She is seeking re-election with a campaign of nothing more than happy platitudes. I would like her to give us an example of one job she has helped create in Eastern Washington. I would like to hear one example of what she is planning to do in the future that would bring about all the happy things she speaks of with that big smile. Does she think we are stupid? Maybe she should save that speech for the Miss America contest, and just add “Oh, and world peace.”

Jim and Michael Frye

Spokane Valley

Leave your pet at home

As much as we love our pets, there are appropriate places to take them.

Supermarkets, convenience stores, restaurants and places where food is served are not appropriate places to take your family pets.

This is for public health concerns.

Be a responsible pet owner. Don’t put store management in the position they have to ask you to leave the store.

Your Chihuahua is not a service animal.

If it is too hot, then leave your dog at home.

If it is too cold, then leave your dog at home.

Kelly Brown


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