via RSS Opinion

Readers in the Inland Northwest can submit letters to The Spokesman-Review. Letters should be no longer than 200 words and must include the writer's home street address and a daytime telephone number.

April 23
  • Editorial: Water alert a lesson in ways things can go wrong

    Page A13 Don’t drink water from a hose. Pasadena Park Water District 17 did essentially that last month and ended up triggering a mandatory boil order that could be a case history …

  • Trudy Rubin: Distrust is barrier with Iran

    Page A13 Hamid Aboutalebi looked like the ideal candidate to become Tehran’s ambassador to the United Nations. He speaks fluent English and French, has served as ambassador to Italy, Australia, Belgium and … 1

  • ID opposition condescending

    Page A13 I cannot figure out why President Obama and most Democrats say voter identification laws discriminate against African-Americans. Such a low opinion if they think Black Americans are not capable of … 169

  • Fish Lake upgrades key

    Page A13 I am pleased the proposed $45 million park levy ($28 per year per $200,000 property) includes plans to enhance Fish Lake County Park, Fish Lake Trail and other neighborhood parks … 3

  • Land owned by all

    Page A13 The Nevada rancher refusing to pay fees for grazing his cattle on federal land is a thief stealing from the American people. Federal land is owned by all citizens of … 54

  • Play fair on casino issue

    Page A13 I read the two letters in the April 15 paper about the proposed casino that the Spokane Tribe wants to build. First, let’s get things straight about Fairchild Air Force … 24

April 22
  • Mona Charen: GOP must show that Democrats are the real extremists

    Page A11 Just because your opponent is hurling baseless or even ridiculous charges does not mean that you are free to disregard them. You may think it’s absurd to argue that you … 106

  • Editorial: Payday loan study shows Idaho needs new laws

    Page A11 Predatory payday lenders rely on a certain number of customers being unable to quickly pay their bills. It’s a vicious business model that leverages desperation, and nowhere is it working … 4

  • Not all pit bulls are bad

    Page A11 How pathetic it is that our society is so quick to judge an entire breed of dogs based on the negative publicity the media reports on some. I am the … 55

  • Thomas for treasurer

    Page A11 I am writing in support of Laurie Thomas for the office of Kootenai County treasurer. As the Latah County treasurer, I feel qualified to recommend this intelligent, hard-working, honest woman. …

  • Just another scofflaw

    Page A11 Isn’t Cliven Bundy just another scofflaw screaming oppression by the government? He doesn’t pay Caesar his due and ignores a court order. How original. Only little people pay taxes or … 147

April 21
  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: What would it look like?

    Page A9 I have a question for George Will. If he can’t answer it, maybe Brit Hume can. Both men were recently part of a panel on “Fox News Sunday” to which … 202

  • Obamacare ridiculous

    Page A9 I must take issue with Steve Barber’s April 11 letter. Obamacare is unpopular because the more people learn about it, the more they dislike it. It’s the most ill-conceived piece … 107

  • Curious decision

    Page A9 I’m trying to understand how Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Jack Driscoll could come to the conclusion that the shooting and killing of an unarmed hit-and-run suspect by police officers last … 16

April 20
  • Kathleen Parker: Take advice on Putin from an experienced observer

    Page B8 The new “agreement” between Russia, the U.S. and our allies is exactly what the former KGB agent ordered. This isn’t to say it’s not a good “prospect” for ending tensions … 3

  • Editorial: Washington should write own plan for clean water

    Page B8 If you think the cracked Wanapum Dam is under pressure, ask Gov. Jay Inslee about the forces pushing him for a decision on the future quality of Washington waters. The … 2

  • Cynthia M. Allen: Faith, education dovetail after all

    Page B8 In my early 20s, I suffered from an affliction I suspect is common among people that age: I felt great uncertainty about the world, what I believed and how I … 10

  • Thayne McCulloh and Beck Taylor: Colleges need support building vital workforce

    Page B9 We applaud the Legislature’s action this session embracing the higher-education attainment goals proposed by the Washington State Student Achievement Council. We also wish to thank Gov. Jay Inslee for his … 2

  • Sidewalk cleanup tip

    Page B9 Emilee Langford (April 13) thinks Spokane’s streets and sidewalks are dirty. Well, she’s right; they are. But for the life of me, I can’t figure out why she calls upon … 2

  • Critchlow omits key facts

    Page B9 George Critchlow’s April 15 letter defending the Gonzaga University Legal Assistance case against Pat Lewis omitted a critical fact: Critchlow is the GU Law School professor who spearheaded the case. … 12

  • Climate projections shaky

    Page B9 Like many geologists, I am skeptical about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s scientific consensus computer-based global warming predictions, despite the threat of being labeled a flat-Earther. 185

  • Mixed messages for drivers

    Page B9 While driving to Seattle last week, I tuned my radio to 1610-AM to get a pass report. At the end of the report, it stated that commercial drivers could now … 2

  • Meet-up was just PR

    Page B9 I want to thank Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for hosting her Millennial Meetup at the Riverpoint Campus April 14. As an admitted skeptic of current American politicians, I was eager … 41

  • Obamacare is a win

    Page B9 Kenneth Varcoe’s April 14 comments regarding “Obamacare is a failure” are just more of the same tired Republican talking points we hear on an almost daily basis. And, as usual, … 63

  • Way behind on road work

    Page B9 One of the first things that people notice about Spokane is the poor road conditions. Half of the roads and highways in Spokane seem as if they haven’t been repaired … 4

  • New approach to taxes

    Page B9 As most of us have completed our tax returns for 2013, it seems like a good time to pause and reflect on the need for major tax reform in our … 10

  • Teacher-bashing simplistic

    Page B9 While it is true that many young Americans today aren’t nearly as culturally literate as they should be when it comes to basic geography, history, civics and current political understandings, … 24

April 19