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A huge thank you!

In the last few weeks, we've begun to see victories in our battle against COVID-19. It didn't just happen overnight. The rapid development, testing, manufacture, and distribution of new treatments and new vaccines has been a tremendous achievement.
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It’s not about Trump

It’s not really about Donald Trump. It’s about what he represents, an attack on the existing order. He represents the fact that things can get done successfully at a federal level outside the “wisdom of the chosen ones.” This does not only apply to Democrats but also too many Republicans who see their “positions” and “power” as being threatened.

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Shrub-steppe beauty

Eli Francovich’s article on the shrub-steppe habitat last week ("Eastern desert thrives with hidden diversity," Feb. 14) was excellent. The beauty and diversity there is often overlooked.
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Breaching dams

During the January 2021 power outage, I got out my trusty generator, plugged in my electric kettle, and was amazed at the amount of electricity it drew, nearly killing my 2000 watt generator. That's when I realized just how much electricity our current lifestyle requires. Breaching the Snake River dams does not make sense, considering the population growth in this area, that will need all the electricity it can get. Renewable energy isn't sufficient yet, at 12% of need.
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Public health not a partisan issue

Sue Lani Madsen’s column in Thursday's Spokesman-Review just seemed to further fuel the lack of transparency that has been “politics as usual. Yes, there actually is a pandemic, it is not a hoax, and Trump really did lose the election.
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Ranked choice voting is a boost for elections

I appreciate Jim Camden’s feature of the Ranked Choice Voting Local Options Bill that is currently going through the Washington state Legislature. However there are a few key questions he asked about Ranked Choice Voting that I would like to answer. He left them open to interpretation when they need not be.
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We don’t have local accountability

Sue Lani Madsen tells a convenient story once again -- convenient insofar as it leaves out facts about House Bill 1152 that hurt her case. She claims that the bill strips us of local accountability. Here's the problem, Sue: we don't have local accountability.
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Culture wars

Culture war is forcing a group’s ideology, such as animal rights, on others. I don’t consider myself a culture warrior because I respect others’ values, as long as they are not harmful to civil society. I do resent others trying to impose their values on me. If we are afraid to call out culture war, how can we ever bridge our deepening divides?
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Mascot victims

So let me get this straight: We can rename a George Wright street after a lady indigenous warrior but we can't confer with indigenous people about a better indigenous name for the North Central High School Indians?
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We’re connected

My name is Aaron and I am eleven years old. When we look at our ever-growing Earth, we see many different types of people living in different places. There are people living in places with lush green forests or big cities, people living in places with good financial economies or places devoid of money and resources.
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A recent front page article described the Democrat proposed stimulus package. Notible absent in the article was the answer to (who and where). The why is patently obvious, buying votes. As to who the answer is more difficult. The government has no money. That’s right! The government has only money that it extracts from the taxpayer. Sometimes it has money taken previously and more often it works with the money currently taken. Lately, due to deficit spending, it borrows money from the future taxes.
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A workable carbon solution

With the clock ticking on our opportunity to limit global warming to the critical 2 ℃ increase by 2030, we need a bill in Congress that is both effective and bipartisan. A carbon fee and dividend policy, where a fee is assessed on carbon fuels and Americans receive dividend payments from the fees collected, is just that.
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Cruelty amid a cold snap

Cups of hot soup put into red, chapped, trembling hands brought attention to the urgency of the life-threatening reality of the homeless in last week's temperatures.
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Global battle protects locals

Thanks to the Spokesman-Review for printing letters with a variety of opinions, creating a forum for different points of view. I was particularly taken by Jenna Haines' letter this past weekend (Feb. 21) about the need to invest in global health.
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Happy Birthday, Peace Corps

Happy Birthday to the Peace Corps! On March 1, 1961, John F. Kennedy founded the Peace Corps. Ya don’t look a day over 25, my friend

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