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POLITICS: Voters need to exert their power

We are hearing a lot these days about conflicts of interest and large donations regarding Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation. The fact is that conflicts of interest and large donations happen every single day within all parties in our Congress.

These individual and corporate billionaires’ donations control our politicians and their votes on bills and programs that affect all of us. Since the U.S. Supreme Court will not put limits on this massive form of corruption, it is more important now more than ever that we do our own research in choosing who we elect to represent us.

This year, let’s

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IRAN: Nuclear treaty is not just about us

I just returned from a trip to Europe where I discussed international politics with many of my friends there. They are dismayed that the nuclear treaty with Iran is being covered by the U.S. media as if the U.S. and Iran are the only players involved.

In fact, we are only one of many countries involved. Most of the other countries are anxious to end the sanctions on Iran as they are hurting their own economies.

My friends believe that despite what some of our disillusioned politicians think, the sanctions are going to end. The proposed treaty is a chance

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HUNGER: Protection needed for kids – not corporations

Re: “D’s and R’s are partners in posturing” (Robert J. Samuelson column, thenewstribune.com).

I find this column regarding government spending and taxes amazingly short-sighted.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly called food stamps) is on the congressional chopping block in budget discussions. SNAP is the nation’s primary defense against hunger. Child poverty in the U.S, at 21 percent, is the highest of any major country. In Washington state, more than 18 percent of our kids lived below the poverty line in 2013.

Consider these points:

• The Senate budget protects more than $40 billion in unnecessary and expensive tax breaks and

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CONGRESS: Republicans aren’t so easy to herd

Re: “Republicans in Congress adrift, out of control” (Eugene Robinson column, 3-17).

Robinson suggests that the Democratic Party, as directed by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, looks like a model of unity and discipline when compared to the Republican Party.

It is easier to lead a herd whose common and primary goal is bigger government. When in charge, we know that those two generally did not allow legislation that did not lead to that goal to arrive at President Obama’s desk. Legislators who positively contribute individually to the entrepreneurial spirit are more difficult to corral.


GOP: Stop the attacks and get to business

Here we go again. As with health care and now with immigration reform, a Republican majority Congress cannot or will not address this pressing need, so our president must act. And, as with health care, so now with immigration reform, congressional Republicans continue to refuse to tackle this issue.

Instead of doing their jobs and actually drafting legislation to address immigration reform (or health care or anything for that matter), congressional Republicans prefer to threaten to shut down the Department of Homeland Security, putting America’s safety at risk and jeopardizing the morale and financial security of hundreds of thousands of

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POLITICS: Special interests win out over citizens’

The dictionary defines “patriotism” as a person who loves, supports and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion. But recent stories in the news – like bank lobbyists’ successfully winning repeal of elements of the Dodd-Frank Act – tell a different story about our nation’s politics.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, was one of only a few elected officials to be outraged by the repeal. Now banks once again can gamble with the taxpayers’ money and are accountable to no one. It’s the symptom of a greater ill eroding the fabric of our society as many politicians work

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TACOMA: Don’t support Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A is opening its first fast food restaurant in Tacoma in 2015. Chick-fil-A donated money to the Family Research Council (FRC) which has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The FRC lobbied the U.S. Congress against a bill that would condemn the Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, which would make being gay punishable by death. Supporting policies that allow for gay people to be put to death is extreme, whether you support marriage equality or not.

Getting a new restaurant in the city is exciting, but residents of Tacoma should remember where their money is going. No matter

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TAXES: Credits help lift people out of poverty

Re: “How GOP Congress could boost US economy” (TNT, 11-7).

The writer comments that voters want bipartisan action that serves Americans who aren’t wealthy. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the tax code gives corporations special tax breaks that have reduced what is supposed to be a 35 percent tax rate to an actual tax of 13 percent. In 2012, the average American taxpayer making $50,000 per year paid a staggering $6,000 in taxes.

Meanwhile, about a fourth of kids in Washington state live in homes that struggle with hunger (the national average is about 21 percent).

Improvements to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

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