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Monday, January 27, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Tweets for orders?

You have got to be kidding me! Tweets are now considering by POTUS to be an acceptable way to let Congress know of impending military action? Regardless of the War Powers act of 1973? Government by tweet?
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Vengeance with no vision

A presidential decree to possibly bomb Iranian cultural sites, is right up there with the Taliban blowing up the Buddhas of Bamyan. A new low; I am ashamed.
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WEA supports teachers, students

In response to Joanne Bovey’s letter of Jan. 16 ("WEA bullying"), I would like to provide my own perspective as a teacher and proud member of the Washington Education Association. Ms. Bovey perceives the WEA as “bullying.” However, the WEA supports Washington state educators every day.

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Behind unaffected doors

Last night , after viewing “Just Mercy” with several black American friends, a woman in the bathroom stall next to me was weeping. A very well-educated man I have tremendous respect for was upset and said he had to be convinced to go.
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Glamorous marijuana?

As usual I quickly put your Cannabis insert of Friday’s paper in the recycle bin. “Grass and Glamour”? Seriously?
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Let’s meet halfway

As a resident of the 4th Legislative District, I would like others to know that Matt Shea’s words and actions do not represent all of his constituents. I do not wish to be part of the proposed 51st state of “Liberty.” It does not sound like a free or inviting place to live. I’m quite happy with my current state, named after one of America’s greatest founders.
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RedForEd politically troublesome

There is a growing movement of public school teachers with the name RedForEd. This organization is troublesome to me in a couple of different ways. First, they have organized to defeat President Trump in the 2020 election. Second, the color of their uniforms (red), the name of their organization, and the leftward lean of their politics hints of a communist-like connection. There is no denying the similarities.
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Are Dems treasonous?

I am deeply concerned about the zeloptypian actions of the leaders of the Democratic party, re: impeachment.
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Protect citizens over predators

I grew up on our land in the 1950s and '60s riding horses and helping my Grandfather with his cows that pastured here with never a cougar confrontation. This continued in the 1970’s with my husband. In the 1980s and '90s our children roamed this area, sometimes camping as far away as a mile or more from our house with never a cougar confrontation. In the beginning of the 2000’s our grandchildren continued enjoying the land without cougar confrontations.
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WEA bullying

Your article of Jan. 9, Flyers urge teachers to opt out of union, brought back memories for me. Rich Wood, spokesman for the WEA, called the flyers, “nothing but an attempt to harass and intimidate school employees.”
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Ensure elected officials are honest

I believe the gentleman who authored the recent comment that the time, effort and costs associated with finding that CMR used campaign monies illegally was a wasted effort ("A waste of time, money," Dale Magart, Jan. 3). He is missing the point.
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Health care free of bias or shame

With the Idaho legislative session starting this month, I want to urge our state leaders in the legislature to withhold from furthering restrictions on access to abortion care.
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Iran - some background

Background: The CIA’s overthrow of Iran's elected government in 1953 ensured Western control of Iran's petroleum resources and prevented the Soviet Union from competing for Iranian oil. The U.S. refusal to extradite the Shah back to Iran resulted in the captured U.S. embassy staff being held for 444 days. The United States actively supported the eight year Iraqi-Iran war effort by supplying the Iraqis with billions of dollars of credits, by providing U.S. military intelligence and advice to Saddam Hussein, and by closely monitoring third country arms sales to Iraq to make sure that Iraq had the military weaponry required. Throughout the war, an estimated 7,500 Iranian military and civilians were killed by Iraqi troops using chemical weapons. Iran Air Flight 655 was flying from Tehran to Dubai on July 3, 2008. A U.S. Navy cruiser shot it down with a loss of 290 lives.
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An idea from Earth Week

I just read in the Earth Week column (across from a paragraph about "climate emergency") that there has been a massive shift in the magnetic poles. Hmmm, I wonder if this has anything to do with climate change?
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Remember the last mess

As the neo-con call for war rises to a crescendo, let us remember that most of the mess in the Middle East is due to George W. and his puppet-master Dick Cheney and their invasion of Iraq. And we know how that turned out.
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Blanchette v. Leach

Well, John Blanchette will no doubt be happy with the departure of Mike Leach -- and one can only imagine what his departure words for Leach will entail.
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Thankful for our carrier

When our 46-year-old son was visiting, he watched me go outside to get the morning paper and wondered who the heck has a newspaper delivered any more. “Lots of people,” I told him. “Any of them under sixty?” he asked.
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Alcohol served on a college campus

The athletic director of Washington State University refers to the recently opened Cougar Den as merely another "amenity" to draw in more patrons. Sounds like it's working for their football game attendance.
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A spectacular pavilion

Thanks for the Pavilion story. It’s worthy of the front page because the renovation is so beautiful, and because the Pavilion has been amazingly transformed and rescued from its status as a tired relic of Expo ’74.

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