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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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PORT: Unions are only part of the problem

One letter writer has suggested (TNT, 12-20) that Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell and Rep. Adam Smith intervene with the negotiations between the longshore union and the Pacific Maritime Association. Unfortunately, this will not happen, because the unions are big contributors and supporters of the Democrats. Plus that would only be a short-term solution to a decades-old problem.

Having said that, the unions are only a part of the problem. The main part of the problem is the way ports are formed and the weakness of the elected commissioners.

The current business model becomes quite murky because the problem solvers do

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PORT: Demand action at the federal level

Re: “Productivity decline cuts container numbers at ports” (TNT, 12-19).

Reporter John Gillie did an outstanding job of explaining the economic backlash that is being caused by the infighting between the International Longshore Workers Union and the Pacific Maritime Association.

I have written to Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray and to Rep. Adam Smith asking them to demand federal intervention to put a stop to this nonsense. Previous administrations would have stepped in long ago, as was demonstrated when President Reagan put a stop to the air traffic controller’s strike.

Washington is in serious danger of losing shippers to other ports

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SPORTS: Isn’t the Braves’ tomahawk chop offensive?

Re: “Cantwell ties NFL tax-exempt status to Redskins name change” (TNT, 9-117).

Sen. Maria Cantwell has joined the bandwagon regarding a professional sports team name because it’s the politically correct thing to do. I don’t think she has gone far enough though. Or maybe she isn’t a baseball fan.

Has she never watched an Atlanta Braves baseball game where 50,000 or more fans are doing an Indian chant and the “tomahawk chop” against the opposing team?

I guess she believes, and rightly so, that the team name, Braves, is OK. But what about the motion of throwing a tomahawk

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SENATORS: Who really represents the voters?

Is it just me or does it seem like we have one U.S. senator who reflects the views of her constituents and another who bought a Senate seat and consistently votes for business interests?

Patty Murray is in the news again, fighting for women’s reproductive rights and veterans care. She produced a bipartisan budget bill with Republican Paul Ryan.

Republican-masquerading as-a-Democratic Maria Cantwell, on the other hand, has made a name for herself as one who bucks the party line, which in itself isn’t a bad thing. The problem is that when she votes her conscience there are times

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CONGRESS: Preserve fund for outdoor economy

I just returned from Washington, D.C., where I spoke with our members of Congress about the importance of investing in conservation and outdoor recreation through a little-known federal program with huge impacts: the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The fund provides essential tools to maintain working forests and jobs in the woods; preserve rural character; and also help build local parks, trails and protect wild spaces – a win-win for everyone.

This year, Washington needs $6 million to protect the Pysht River on the Olympic Peninsula and the South Puget Sound Coastal Forest on Hood Canal.

For forest products companies,

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DEBT: Congress should heed former senator’s words

If only our congressional team would take heed of retired Sen. Alan Simpson’s words Tuesday on CNBC: “Play small-ball and 10 to 15 years from now your country will be sucking canal water, and that’s the way it is. It’s called the debt. It’s $17.3 trillion, heading for 20, and at some point the people who have loaned us 20 trillion bucks will say you’ve got a dysfunctional government and you’ve got a Congress that doesn’t work.”

He also pointed to our Social Security system, whose future solvency has been neglected for decades.

Why is this all happening? I believe

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NFL: Cantwell’s political correctness is now blackmail

Sen. Maria Cantwell and the liberals are going too far. As the chairperson of Indian Affairs, Cantwell should be focusing on internal Indian issues like unemployment and education rather than grandstanding about a name change to a professional football team.

The Washington Redskins have been competing for over 60 years in the NFL. They have won championships several times. Their team name and logo are now hot political potatoes. Cantwell is now threatening NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and team owner Dan Snyder with political blackmail. Change the name or move out of Washington. The federal government owns the land where

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