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Opinion >  Letters

Voting Green - 2020 and beyond

The Green Party is often perceived as a pitfall. In reality, an overhaul of democracy is overdue. The path Greens follow will ensure our planet is one for every life upon it. For three decades Greens have been building grassroots movements to organize, involve and uplift disenfranchised communities. Generations are awakening, unfortunately many don’t seek participation in a political “spectrum” that force feeds duopolies unrepresentative to them.
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What Planned Parenthood truly is

Since 2017, the Trump administration has been actively trying to dismember Planned Parenthood and strip away many women's and men’s only access to affordable reproductive health care. Their efforts have primarily included the defunding of the nonprofit organization.
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Where do they stand?

In this incredibly important election, my No. 1 issue is where candidates stand on solving the climate crisis. So I was thrilled that 350 Spokane asked all Spokane-area candidates their views on climate change, and what needs to be done to keep Earth livable.

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Why the recycling secrecy?

After reading the Oct. 1 article on recycling ("City looking at surcharge to cover losses from recycling"), my mind kept going back to one sentence: “The city is not necessarily told by Waste Management where the materials wind up, so it’s unclear what percentage is actually being repurposed.” Why is that?
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A new prescription

An overlooked takeaway from the sad Breonna Taylor story should be about injecting some sanity into national drug policy. Enough already! This ineffective, failed, 50+ year "war on drugs" has cost beaucoup bucks, clogged the legal system and criminalized many while achieving the polar opposite of any benefit it ever aspired to. And cost lives. Most recently Ms. Taylor's.
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COVID-19 and common sense

The headlines tell us that coronavirus cases are multiplying. TV and radio echo the bad news. It almost seems that the media is rooting for the virus.
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Deficit blaming

In response to "Awash in red ink: U.S. posts record $3.1T 2020 budget deficit," Oct. 16.
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Dictatorship or democracy?

This Nov. 3rd election is primarily about one thing: does the U.S. descend into Mitch McConnell's "permanent conservative dictatorship" government with Trump's re-election, or do we retain our Constitutional democratically-elected republic under Biden.
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Not just law and order

Hey, Republicans out there. Listen up; what are we doing? A main party campaign issue President Trump and Rep. McMorris Rogers are running on in this election is "law and order." We are being shown scenes of protests, looting, and rioting in cities as proof for our concern.
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Parks aren’t interchangeable

The city of Spokane is seeking to build a water tower in Hamblen Park. To make this more palatable for residents, they propose some mitigation banking where money will be spent to improve other parks to compensate for damage done to this one. Such an approach speaks to society’s belief that nothing is sacred, and that in our quest for growth and perceived prosperity, everything is replaceable. Novelist and conservationist Wendell Berry described such a view this way:
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Police force and procedures

It seems that a lot of controversy surrounding police brutality revolves around the use of various choke holds, knees into the neck as the suspect is lying on the ground. The City of Spokane and the police department, I recently read, are going to review their procedures. Having studied martial arts for almost 20 years, I would like my two-cent suggestion to be considered too, perhaps as a way to resolve this issue.
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Reykdal has earned reelection

Please vote for Chris Reykdal for superintendent of public instruction. Under the leadership of Superintendent Reykdal, the last four years have been transformational for our education system in Washington state -- increased funding, the state’s accountability system was rewritten, and student discipline rules were updated to address racial inequities.
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Save our democracy

I was born in 1933, just days before Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated as president. Most agree he did a good job of leading us out of the Great Depression and overseeing our victory in World War II.
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Spokane’s speedway streets

A recent article in The Spokesman-Review focused on the increase in violent crime in Spokane ("Spokane cops: Violent crime is on the rise," Oct. 12). Other recent articles have reported numerous maiming or fatal accidents of the speeding cars and motorcycles that on many evenings residents hear screaming through their streets in violent speedway contests.
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Tackling climate change

James Hansen, the NASA scientist who sounded the warning about global warming in 1988, was featured on CBS’ "60 Minutes" on October 4. The segment focused on this year’s catastrophic California wildfires and the devastating storms and flooding in the Atlantic basin. These are attributed to the effects of climate change.
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Vote for democracy and Wilson

The Spokesman-Review endorsement (Oct. 11) of Cathy McMorris Rodgers argues that her effectiveness as U.S. representative outweighs challenger Dave Wilson’s assertion that enabling President Trump threatens our democracy.
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Where is the outrage?

We as a nation were outraged when 9/11 happened and 2,999 fellow Americans died. Today, 223,000 Americans have died due to Coronavirus, an additional 1,170 are dying daily. Yet, we as a nation have no plan. Each state, county and city does whatever they think is right. Could you imagine the national outrage we would have had to the same response to 9/11?
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Please vote early

Vote early. Vote temprano. Vota presto. Votez tôt. Vote cedo. Vóta go luath. Glasajte prerano. 期日前投票。Piga kura mapema. صوّت مبكرًا. Bỏ phiếu sớm. Früh abstimmen. Pov npav ntxov. 尽早投票。הצביעו מוקדם. Голосуйте досрочно. Oh, in case I forgot to mention it, vote early!
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Time to fire Inslee

Jay Inslee has wandered so far from the needs of Washington citizens that to award him another four years would be unconscionable.

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