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August 28, 2014 at 4:02 PM

What we can learn from the Uzi tragedy

Firing-range instructor Charles Vacca shows a 9-year old girl how to use an Uzi. Vacca was standing next to the girl at the Last Stop range in Arizona when the girl squeezed the trigger, causing the Uzi to recoil upward and shoot Vacca. Photo: Mohave County Sheriff Department.

Teach children that weapons are not the answer The U.S. and world face multitudinous complex problems of our own making. Among these is our increasing reliance on weaponry to solve both domestic and international conflicts. Teaching young children who lack cognitive capability, coordination and strength how to use weapons is one of the problems [“9-year-old…

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August 28, 2014 at 7:35 AM

U.S. tax code needs reform

Reform tax code Danny Westneat’s column regarding American companies not paying their fair share of income taxes overlooks two important reasons [“Europe calls out tax schemes,” NWWednesday, Aug. 27]. The first is human nature, as all Americans will try to avoid having to pay taxes. The second is that no federal legislation is forthcoming to…

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August 27, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Women politicians and lack of gender parity

Gender parity remains elusive On the 94th anniversary this month of American women gaining full voting rights, how far have we come? At the ballot box, quite far. Female voters have outnumbered male voters in every presidential election since 1964. So it’s worth remembering the long battle leading up to ratification of the 19th Amendment. The first…

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August 27, 2014 at 7:09 PM

Let students sleep in for better education results

More sleep leads to better education The new school year once again revives the controversy over school start times [“Pediatricians’ Rx for school: Later start lets kids sleep,” News, Aug. 25]. Recent articles in The Wall Street Journal and Seattle Times refer to data showing start times earlier than 8:30 a.m. have numerous negative effects…

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August 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Eliminate corporate taxes: Amazon’s lashing in U.K.

Amazon’s tax strategy is competitive Excellent and very gripping piece on Amazon.com’s charring in the U.K. over taxes by reporter Jay Greene [“Brits Cry Foul,” Page one, Aug. 26]. What is truly frightening is the ignorance of the politicians who were doing the grilling. What they don’t realize is that corporate taxes are simply indirect…

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August 27, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler opposes Affordable Care Act despite daughter’s medical needs

Congresswoman’s vote against the act is selfish Reading the article about Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler’s child, Abigail, left me with mixed feelings ["Lawmaker’s child beat the odds,” NWSunday, Aug. 24]. On one hand I felt happiness that the child has a chance for a healthy life, but on the other hand how could her mother…

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August 27, 2014 at 6:05 AM

Blame laws like No Child Left Behind for failing schools

Education policy has failed, not legislators. The editorial yesterday “blaming” legislators for “failing school” letters is itself a failure [“Thank lawmakers for ‘failing school’ letters,” Opinion, Aug. 24]. The blame should go to the Bush/Kennedy concoction called No Child Left Behind (NCLB). NCLB and its successor Race to the Top were and are bankrupt pieces…

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August 26, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Jaime Herrera Beutler’s contradictory positions on health insurance coverage

U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s suggestion that the Affordable Care Act has nothing to do with her baby’s survival procedure may be true technically but, in the bigger picture it is all about it [“Survival of Rep. Herrera Beutler’s child a celebrated case study,” Local News, Aug. 24]. Not only does she have great…

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