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Opinion >  Letters

Bad for biz, indeed

In reading Jim Bickel's letter to the editor ("Bad for business," Sept. 29) I agree that business owners should be upset about the homeless, vagrants, etc., blocking the doorways to their establishments.
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Life before talking heads

From George Washington who couldn't tell a lie, to Donald Trump who can't tell the truth. What's happened to our country? What's happened is that the voters have changed.
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Trickle-down welfare

John Wodynski recently shared his concern ("Capitalism's failure," Letter to the Editor, Sept. 29) about the failure of capitalism and "trickle down" economics. Maybe it's time to look at a few statistics and income inequality.

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Celebrate all holidays

While reading the White House Roundup about Giuliani's subpoena in the Oct. 1 Spokesman-Review, I was taken aback by a side statement in the article that said "With Congress out of session for observance of the Jewish holidays ..."
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No bullies allowed

Congratulations to Shawn Vestal on the well-written article ("Sacrificed on the altar of football," Oct. 2) regarding Coach Leach demeaning his players. As a Coug alumni, you gave voice to my feelings and hopefully others'.
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Time to say no to Mead

For years, Olympia politicians failed in their constitutional obligation to adequately fund public schools, instead diverting revenues to expanding state government and forcing school districts to go begging to local voters for funding, which resulted in the McCleary decision.
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A new ‘whistleblower’

Finally, a whistle blown on the media! The Oct. 2 syndicated column by Marc Thiessen, "Why is the media absolving the Bidens?' " is a partial fulfillment of a long-awaited hope that there would be a hint of fairness in the media's coverage of the goings-on in Washington.
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Speak for yourself

Diane Tortorelli, I would like to encourage you to take your own advice: "Find where your city officials stand on issues concerning our growing city and state ... (Letter to the Editor, Sept. 29). I have never met you nor have you attempted to talk to me personally, yet you felt to make an assumption based on hearsay on where I do stand. Let me enlighten you.
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Try being homeless

Give me any one of the Spokane City Council members for 24 hours, just 24, with no wallet, purses or keys and drop them in Spokane, anywhere. Good luck. Good luck staying warm, finding a restroom, food or water. I guess you could just "hunker down" under the bridge and count the minutes. You're not going to find a spot in a shelter because they are full. Warming station? Yeah, how long of a wait and how much time are you allowed before you are back on the street so the next guy can get warm?
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Olsen for Nine Mile schools

Eric Olsen, who is running for Nine Mile Falls School Board Position No. 2, has lived in the Nine Mile Falls community for almost 25 years and has served for 29 years as an employee for the city of Spokane. His demonstrated leadership and experience qualify him for this position. Eric's qualifications are not in question; more importantly, what Eric brings to this position is his character.
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Vaccine bill necessary

This letter is to praise the change in the vaccine laws passed by the Washington state Legislature. The new bill removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine required for school and child care entry.
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Who is to blame?

In her column "Language defines culture" (Sept.28), Sue Lani Madsen again demonstrates her ability to blame liberals for another of society's woes. She parrots that Democrats accusing Republicans of being racist is ineffective in combating racism. She does throw in a few comments that the right also has a problem in labeling Democrats as "socialists." However, her column repeatedly blames Democrats for extreme language.
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A give-me-all-you-can levy

If you live in the Cheney School District you may want to read this ("Cheney school board candidates representing Airway Heights tout elected experience, say district needs more schools," Sept. 26). Cheney Public Schools are asking for a $4.2 million property tax levy on the November ballot. This is a full-blown give-me-all-you-can levy for a new elementary school, a new transportation hub and technology upgrades. The school district is looking at the impact of the next 10 years of projected population growth.
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Climate consensus

The Clean Air Act of 1970 was written by a Congress that assumed the administration in power and appointed administrator would have the best interests of the public in mind and work to protect the environment. They did not anticipate an administration would instead work to promote selfish interests at the expense of our health, future and lives.
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Family values for the homeless

Shawn Vestal, in a recent article ("Spokane's center is state's poorest district," Sept. 29) inadvertently nails a key factor in our homeless problem. He quotes a recent report, "The number of older teens and younger adults whose home life is so unstable, unhealthy, undesirable or unsafe that they prefer to hang around the streets of Spokane rather than be at home." He then moves on without another word. Hello? Has he or any member of our city council who wrestle with homelessness ever considered that homelessness is simply a symptom of many things that are wrong with our society.
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Lakeland Village violations

The center for Medicaid and Medicare investigators arrived at Lakeland Village to watch staff and residents. They wrote a letter explaining the violations they witnessed. The Lakeland Village team took these findings seriously and immediately began working on strategies and solutions to address these concerns.
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Missing Riverfront Park

Call me too nostalgic, but I believe the Riverfront Park "wizards" took a wonderfully different and iconic park with family fun for all ages and abilities and made it magically disappear!
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Shame on Leach

Mike Leach said of his players: "They're fat, dumb and happy and entitled." Shame on Leach. No player should be subject to such abuse.

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