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Wed., April 9, 2014


‘Win’ not appropriate for medal

I appreciated the April 3 article regarding Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, his work as an advocate for other service people, and the update on the action taken by our Legislature regarding our service members and veterans. I love to see our men and women receive acknowledgment for their service.

However, Carter did not “win” the Medal of Honor, and Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry and Capt. William Swenson are not two other recent “winners.” I abhor the use of the word “winner” for being honored for their selfless sacrifices that often result in a service member’s emotional and/or physical injury for doing what they’ve done.

I’ll wager that none of these men feel they are winners. They are recipients of high honors; bestowed medals of appreciation for their actions. They often face additional stress as recipients. They are not competitors running a race where a winner is declared.

It cheapens the meaning behind the awards when recipients are called “winners.” It doesn’t honor them for their service, sacrifices, and the selflessness of their actions and their service to our country and, by extension, their service to each and every one of us.

Deni Wiggins


Many faiths have commandments

Those of you who think the Ten Commandments should be displayed on a Sandpoint public park, despite it being unconstitutional, and think it’s a Christian God’s moral laws, should realize that punishment for breaking the majority of them is being stoned to death. And if you add all the curses in the Old Testament (Deut. 28:17-68) and all the sins worthy of death in the New Testament (Romans 1:29-32), all Christians and non-Christians alike would be killed. It’s absolutely nonsensical.

Before Moses, Zoroaster prayed on a high mountain and God appeared in thunder and lightning and delivered to him the Zend Avesta or “Book of Law.” The Assyrian Mises wrote his “laws” on two slabs of stone, the Greek Dionysius was portrayed with holding two stone tables of “laws,” the Crete Minos received his “laws” from God on Mount Dicta, Hammuradi had his “laws” given to him by Shamash, the Son God. So! What’s so unique about the Hebrew account?

Also, Moses painted the Egyptians as heathen and morally inferior when, in fact, the Egyptian-Babylonian culture set Hebrew civilization going and the Egyptians already, by thousands of years, had six of the Ten Commandments in their “Oath of Clearance.”

Gary Garoutte


Support Valley Library bond

Friends of the Spokane Valley Library was established in 2005. So began our popular biannual book sale. Books are donated by the community. These books are sorted and boxed every day by volunteers belonging to Friends of the Spokane Valley Library. The day prior to the sale, Mormon Church elders carry the boxes to the room used for this event (thank you elders!). Volunteers take books out of the boxes and arrange them on tables. Books are priced at 10, 25 and 50 cents. Since the Friends group was established, we have been able to give approximately $20,000 to the Spokane Valley Library for unbudgeted items.

Our community can be very proud of the $4,000 we have been able to give toward advertising for the upcoming library bond issue. It is time for a new library in our city. We hope voters will feel their additional property tax will enable the whole family to be welcomed at Balfour Park, Conklin Road and an updated Argonne library.

Pam McLaughlin and Lois Harger

Spokane Valley

Friends of the Spokane Valley Library

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