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 By Bob Franken    Opinion    September 12, 2019 

Androids Rule

I have gotten to the point that every time my cellphone blasts its generic ringtone, I assume it's a robocall. My algorithm favorites are the recorded voices that start out saying, "Can you hear me?" and then pause a few seconds before continuing....

 

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

#!*! People who live in a farming community and complain about the train. #!*! County painting lane stripes and then filling potholes over the new paint. #!*! People who make U-turns on Main Street! #!*! Still no new trees on Main Street. Only more...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    September 12, 2019 

The Threat of Red Britain

Tory Prime Minister Boris Johnson has, to his credit, seized the initiative in the battle over whether Britain will truly exit the EU, and on what terms. But no one can know how this high-stakes gamble will turn out. Johnson just lost his slender...

 

It is Time to Talk About Our National Debt

Our nation is on an unsustainable borrowing trajectory and it could get much worse unless voters start asking politicians: “How are taxpayers going to pay for what they promise!” We now owe over $22.5 trillion to lenders of which nearly half are...

 

Safety in America

I had a wonderful opportunity in 2000. I was selected as part of Spokane’s sister city educational exchange, and taught English in the Japanese public school system. One of my students was considering applying to be an exchange student in America....

 

The Bigotry of the Pious

For a man who doesn’t read a lot, President Donald Trump sure has been influenced by history. What’s amazing about the days of yesteryear is not just that we keep repeating their errors, but that these mistakes move so seamlessly through time, th...

 

The New York Times Should Stop Whining

The New York Times, an organization devoted to gathering and publishing information, doesn’t want people to gather or publish information inconvenient to it. A group of Trump-supporting operatives has been finding and archiving old social media...

 

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes

#!*! It ain't a grandstand without a roof (Webster), just damn expensive bleachers. YYYY Colorful murals and a renewed spirit of entrepreneurship! Love seeing Colfax come back to life!...

 

Letters: September 5, 2019

Ban assault rifles It is time for the United States to permanently ban the purchase and ownership of assault rifles. The assault rifle serves no purpose except to kill another human being. They have no legitimate purpose for hunting or any other...

 

Tacoma LNG Project Needs to Happen

Hopefully, Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will receive final permit approval so it can complete its Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant currently under construction on the Tacoma’s Tide Flats. For background, LNG is natural gas chilled to a liquid state,...

 

American Justice

I thought the court decisions against the makers of Roundup were over the top, but I was absolutely astounded at the recent ruling against Johnson & Johnson. These judgments are not only out of line, but tend to spawn even more outrageous claims in...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    August 29, 2019

Greenland Isn't a Trump Folly

President Donald Trump has broached the idea of purchasing the massive and largely frozen island of Greenland from Denmark. Cue the laughter. My Montreal-raised wife tells me that in the nearly uninhabitable frozen tundra country of her youth, she...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    August 29, 2019

Throwing America Under the Bus

Beto O'Rourke has taken the measure of America and found it wanting. "This country, though we would like to think otherwise," he intoned, "was founded on racism, has persisted through racism and is racist today." This is now a mainstream sentiment...

 

Labor Day Epilogue: Partnering for Success

A few years ago on Labor Day, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee presented a compelling commentary on the need for employers and employees to set aside their differences and partner. That very same message should be heeded by our elected official...

 

Entitled to Agitate

To tweet to not to tweet, that is the question. I have found over my considerable years that when you have nothing to add, you should keep your mouth shut. Our president seems to have missed that lesson. When Congresswomen Tlaib and Omar were plannin...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    August 22, 2019

Age-Old Gaffes

When Joe Biden says he's running for president, he means it literally. He likes to be seen jogging around at his various campaign events. Obviously, that's his way of showing that at 76, he's not too old for the grueling physical and mental challenge...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    August 22, 2019

Epstein Was Allowed to Game the System

The Jeffrey Epstein case establishes beyond a doubt that if you're a sexual predator, it pays to be a rich and connected sexual predator. Epstein, now dead of an apparent suicide before his accusers had their day in court, worked the system and...

 

Pet Peeves and Okeydokes: August 22, 2019

Businesses want us to shop local, however they are closed Monday, Tuesday and sometimes on Wednesday....

 

Drones Planting Trees In Burned Wildlands

While drones are coming of age in firefighting, they are also establishing a foothold in restoring fire-scorched forests. Firefighting drones grabbed the spotlight last April 15 as viewers around the world watched Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris go up...

 

Trump Must Go

I’m still looking for an alternative for Donald Trump in 2020. I agree with almost everything negative that has been said of him. He is obnoxious, he makes unnecessary enemies, he is undiplomatic, he does not command loyalty, he generates hate,...

 
 By Bob Franken    Opinion    August 15, 2019

Statesmanship, not Hatesmanship

It has become routine: President Donald Trump spends a golfing break at one of his properties. Tragically, horrific gun massacres also have become part of the routine, two of them just the other weekend, one of them clearly the consequence of a...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Opinion    August 15, 2019

Enough With Violent White Supremacists

At some point in the late 1960s, you could be forgiven for thinking that the FBI was in charge of the KKK. It conducted an operation that infiltrated, manipulated and ran the group into the ground. With violent white hate again on the rise, we...

 

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