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Equivalency and other red herrings
Numerous readers have criticized me for my column last week. Mostly, their criticism follows the same lines as my friend Alex Saliby, whose letter you can read below. It is not my intention to single out Alex here. Many of my critics don't write, they simply call in or stop me at the Post Office or grocery store. But Alex's comments mirror the criticism I often here when I write about the President or on the Muslim religion.
Thursday, September 25, 2014 More...

Letters to the Editor
Thursday, September 25, 2014 More...
We all go armed
Let's face it. Everybody goes armed.

Some of us don't want anything to do with either the tools of killing nor especially the killing process. We prefer to pay others to handle that for us. Others of us certainly don't want to have to shoot a threatening felon, but we are comfortable with firearm defense tools and with the security the wise handling of them assures.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 More...
Letters to the Editor
Thursday, September 18, 2014 More...
Train of thought: American muslims?
erhaps unbeknownst to many Americans is this fact: There are thousands of Muslim Americans living and working peacefully, coexisting without malice and patriotic as any apple-pie-eating, flag-waving Legionnaire.

In fact, a Muslim group exists in Minnesota that is actively trying to keep its youngsters away from being radicalized by the many terrorist groups extant in the world.

The group's name is "Ka Joog" and it is Somali for "keep away", meaning, to keep away from terror groups, ideas and actions.

It is run by Muslim clerics and offers Somali teens a chance to experience what the true American way of life is and, more importantly, could be for them as well. It is theirs for the taking, just keep your nose clean and abide by the laws of the land.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 More...
No Seahawk left behind
Pete Carrol should be fired. All or most of his coaching staff should be replaced. Over his four years in Seattle, Carrol has a laughable .594 win-loss percentage and his team went a pathetic 13-3 last year. It's true that Carrol has won Division and Conference championships as well as a Super Bowl, but none of that matters. As coach he has failed to ensure that all of his players play at the highest levels and win every game. It's shameful that in 2013, Russell Wilson only completed 62 percent of his passes or that Ricardo Lockette rushed for -2 yards on one carry. It's time the NFL held coaches and teams accountable for such failures. 
Thursday, September 18, 2014 More...
What does it mean to bring them to justice?
Last week, our Prevaricator in Chief actually got part of his speech right. President Obama said, "In a region that has known so much bloodshed, these terrorists are unique in their brutality. They execute captured prisoners. They kill children. They enslave, rape, and force women into marriage. They threatened a religious minority with genocide. In acts of barbarism, they took the lives of two American journalists."

So why does he continue to argue that they are not Islamic? It may well be true that these Islamists do not represent all followers of Islam, but that does not make them any less Islamic. And the failure of other followers of the Islamic faith to reject the actions of these terrorists and join the civilized world in eliminating them tactics makes them accomplices in the barbarism exhibited by ISIL and their ilk.

George Bush was right. You're either with us or you're against us. You either reject this kind of barbarism as unacceptable or you accept the consequences of the collateral damage that comes from allowing these individuals to act within your territories or in the name of your religion.

Thursday, September 18, 2014 More...
Letters to the Editor
Thursday, September 11, 2014 More...
Education vs Propaganda?
I'm an evolutionism-inclined agnostic, but I trusted my kids (and do trust my grandkids) to be smart enough and objective enough not to let any particular church nor any faction of public education convince them it has the closed, last word on any issue. And call me crazy, but I don't fear my progeny will somehow become intellectually corrupted by alternative thoughts, as evolutionists seem to dread, so I don't feel driven to keep the kids sheltered from exposure to those alternative thoughts.
Thursday, September 11, 2014 More...
The Great(er) Depression
Back in the year 2000, I was a tiny speck among the hordes of new financial advisors hired during the tech bubble. Our job was to pitch financial stuff to adoring clients. Of course the tech bubble promptly popped, and those clients weren't so adoring any more... This was a perfect time for me to fall back on my training:

"Buy and hold!!!! Make your clients hang on! It's always the right thing to do!

When the markets give you lemons, keep eating those lemons with gusto!"

As it turns out, that was exactly the right advice, as the markets eventually recovered those losses - and investors who hung on were rewarded. The same story repeated itself during the financial crisis. Many stock investors lost 50 percent of their account value - and some of those people gave up on stocks. But those who hung on reaped the benefits of "buy and hold" once again. In fact, every single time the markets have tumbled, the best bet was to hang onto stocks for the long haul, and wait patiently for the recovery.

Thursday, September 11, 2014 More...
Letters to the Editor
Thursday, September 4, 2014 More...
Well, if you hate government so much
Alright, 10-4, I hammer government often. Is it even possible to be a sociopolitical writer without hammering government when it needs it? Isn't the task of exclusively praising government what a ... press secretary ... does? How's that working out for America?

"Well if you hate government so much ..." go the opening salvos from some of my mercifully few critics. They proceed along sneered lines like: "... then why do you accept social security or medicare!?" [Gotchaaaaa!!!] or " ... then put out your own wildfires!" [That showed him!].

Let's set the record straight: I don't "hate" government. Only a cackling fool presumes to tell another person what they "hate". For, absent a first-person declaration of what that other person "hates", no one could possibly know this about another person except ... yep ... that other person.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 More...
Senator Parlette's news from Olympia
Getting help for wildfire relief

In my previous column I mentioned how Sen. Maria Cantwell had come to Okanogan County, to meet with local officials and see some of the wildfire damage, shortly after we had talked on the phone. She toured the area with Congressman Doc Hastings, and within days, they along with Sen. Patty Murray and U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert sent a letter asking President Obama to issue a disaster declaration so wildfire victims could seek federal assistance.

This past week I sent a letter of my own to multiple folks in Washington, D.C., making the case for assistance to individuals and families affected by the wildfires.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 More...

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