Today, a postsecondary credential is the greatest driver of economic mobility and access to family-wage jobs.
The success of EWU’s football program turns a spotlight on our academic excellence. And, by bringing national attention to our university, athletic success actually adds value to our academic degrees.
On December 18th, The Spokesman-Review reported on a young woman severely affected by autism and enrolled in Shadle High School’s ABLE (Autism Behavior Learning Environment) program, and her father’s efforts to obtain accountability for injuries resulting from, he alleged, poor behavioral management, inappropriate isolation, and general practices of abuse and neglect. (“Dad alleges autistic daughter mistreated at Shadle Park.”) Video of a related incident was posted on YouTube, showing police escorting another student in that program into an ambulance because of behaviors deemed unmanageable by school staff. The video has since been pulled off the internet, but its images stay with me, and call me to ask how things might have turned out better for these children. I know from my own son’s experience that we can choose to do better.
Five years ago Spokane County invested “hundreds of hours of public and agency testimony, research and hearings” toward the creation of “A Blueprint for Reform.” At more than 250 pages, the document is available for review on the county’s website. “The Blueprint” is often cited whenever criminal justice reform re-enters the community spotlight. Such was the case earlier this month when Chad Sokol reported on Spokane County’s need for a new jail ( “French: It’s time to build new jail,” Jan. 3). In the article, county Commissioner Al French proposed building a new jail. He mentioned, “this can has been kicked down the road for too many years,” before adding that he needs to know an exact number of beds. The implication is that once the number is known then building can begin.
The test for speech on university campuses should not be whether it incites or amuses, but whether it enlightens and intellectually engages.
There are many victims in recent stories about Jesuit priests accused of sexual abuse. Among them are the Revs. Frank Case and Patrick Lee.
January is National Mentoring Month. When we think mentoring, we might first think of the Boys & Girls Club or the YMCA, but at On Track Academy we’ve created a school culture with mentoring at its core.
Love and generosity, not fear, made the United States a beacon of hope to the world
On Saturday at 11 a.m., in Frisco, Texas, the Eastern Washington Eagles will play the North Dakota State Bison for the NCAA Division I (Football Championship Subdivision – FCS) title.
Perhaps Christmas movies that celebrate love or the triumph of faith over distress, are, in their own way, perpetuating the Christian message.
In my role as a medical doctor, I’ve seen the power of medicine to transform lives. And as a physician executive, I’ve had to pay close attention to the bottom line in the delivery of health care services. Balancing considerations of patient cost and access while maintaining the systemic resources necessary to support research and innovation is no easy task.
I understand the urban perspective, and I understand the experiences and beliefs of ardent Second Amendment defenders. This essay suggests a mutually respectful response to the excess of gun murders in America.
The Spokane County Board of Commissioners' recent vote to open collective bargaining negotiations with unions set an example the rest of the state should follow.
In our lifetime, the Spokane River and the Rathdrum Prairie/Spokane Valley aquifer have never been cleaner, and they are becoming cleaner still.
The holiday season should be a happy time, and it can be an environmentally responsible one as well by ensuring all of those cardboard boxes going into recycling bins are empty, clean and dry.
The Bonneville Power Administration’s challenges include a disappearing California market for BPA’s surplus energy, aging assets requiring major capital investment, and the rapid expansion of Northwest wind and solar capacity, among others.
We at Salem Lutheran Church have been delighted to open as a warming center this winter. We are grateful for the city’s partnership and provisions.
Does the government care about your health? How is the state spending your tax dollars? The Spokane Regional Health District needs more funding to keep residents healthy.
Our gratitude to the amazing people who make up Sacred Heart and our new Spokane friends that we made along the journey is bottomless and eternal.
Spokane is currently growing at a rapid rate, adding 20,293 members to our community from 2016 to 2017, according to worldpopulationreview.com, a site focused on the population of different communities around the world. Although a growing community is beneficial to Spokane, there are many persistent problems that occur with growing cities all over the U.S., one of the most pressing being homelessness. On trips to Seattle, I’ve seen giant homeless camps all over town, and it makes areas of Seattle look uncared for. Spokane soon could be headed for the same fate, for I am starting to see more homeless on the streets, sleeping on sidewalks covered in blankets or in tents. It’s a common myth that many homeless people choose to live their life on the streets, but according to spokanecares.org, a website where people can volunteer and help those in need, only 6 percent of homeless people choose to be homeless. That means 94 percent, given the chance, would love to turn their life around, and a tiny-home community provides the perfect opportunity to do so.
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