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Heal our land

Gun rights are as sacred in this country as free thought and free speech. Japan allows no guns and (naturally) has fewer shootings than the U.S. In Switzerland, nearly everyone has a gun and children can become marksmen. They have far fewer shootings than the U.S. So it seems it's not about the gun, it's about mindset and mentality.
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Targeting either side is sad

Interesting article in a recent Spokesman-Review: "Spokane police investigate rumors of 'hate camp'," (Aug. 10). One hate group ("Antifa") tattling on another hate group ("The Base"). Apparently there is no professional courtesy among hate groups.

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Solutions, not complaints

Good for Richard Kuhling and George Nethercutt for presenting a well-written account of the need for immigration overhaul that gives solutions instead of pointing out the obvious problems ("Asylum process should be revamped," Aug. 13).
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Alternative to socialism?

Our community seems to be defined by those who want to make a better life for everyone, and those who see those actions as socialism.
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Just more excuses

Another 31 people dead from gun violence over the first weekend of August, an ever increasingly common event. The El Paso shooter posted his racism with remarks that parroted what the president says on a regular basis. Immigrants are part of an invasion, they are criminals and drug runners. He came to El Paso, armed with an assault weapon and killed 22 people who were buying back-to-school supplies. Another nine died in Dayton, Ohio, the following day. Same weapon, different shooter, same result.
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SPS budget convenient

As a taxpayer without children, I always follow the school board articles, as over 50% of my property taxes pays for them. I do not understand why taxpayers have to foot the bill for parents of elementary-age children because the district decided on early release on Fridays.
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The importance of how you die

In 2017, approximately 72,000 people died of drug overdoses. That's approximately 197 people a day. We kill one person every 16 minutes on U.S. highways. That's approximately 37,000 per year. Of those, 8,000 are between 16-20 yrs old.
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We’ve always had guns

Facts are fruitless in an emotionally charged atmosphere. 99.9% of all legally owned guns are never used in a crime or a mass shooting.
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Wildfires and the climate crisis

A recent article in The Spokesman-Review reported another wildfire in the Spokane area is causing evacuations and smoke ("More evacuations ordered on Colville Reservation", Aug 7). Like everyone who has lived in the area over the last few years, I've become frustrated by the escalating wildfires that harm our air quality, destroy our forests, and threaten our homes and livelihoods.
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CMR’s poor performance

I hope the voting public and The Spokesman-Review were paying attention to the town hall meeting Cathy McMorris Rodgers held at Gonzaga University. Her responses to important questions were woefully inadequate, especially from a leader of the Republican Party.
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Mueller disaster

After taking in the Mueller hearing in late July I can see that the Democrats are just plain desperate to impeach Trump – they would stop at nothing.
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Protect the most vulnerable

In Spokane we have a refugee population of over 10,000 people who have fled their homes in search of a better life. As a student at Eastern Washington University, I share discussions with classmates who are former refugees. Learning from these students has enriched my learning experience; there's nothing more instructive than understanding the situation in Syria or Sudan from those who experienced it firsthand.
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School supply scam

Being experienced with food and clothing banks for the needy, I need to give advice to generous folks (including businesses) thinking about donating money and/or school supplies to children before fall classes begin.
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The real killer

No, Mr. President, I have it on good authority that Jeffrey Epstein was done in by Bigfoot, who I am certain is in the country illegally.
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Valley council curtails speech

Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins misused the prohibition on Campaigning in Government facilities to squelch a person's right to free speech during public comment during the Aug. 13, meeting. This is not his first time.

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