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August 29
  • Charles Krauthammer: It’s a Russian revival, thanks to Obama

    Page A12 On Sept. 5, 2014, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years. The reaction? The …

  • Editorial: Court is right: Official can’t hide work on private phone

    Page A12 In a common-sense case that could have public officials squirming, the Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday that public information conveyed on private phones is covered by the state’s … 16

  • Froma Harrop: Covering the cost of fighting wildfires

    Page A12 As wildfires plague much of the American West, one must ask, “Who is paying to put them out?” The answer is largely the American taxpayer. By that, we mean the …

  • Steve Peterson: U.S. infrastructure needs long-term fix

    Page A13 The situation relating to Washington’s roads and public transit systems is going from bad to worse. This is obvious almost every time you drive down one of our highways, across …

  • Support healthy school lunches

    Page A13 With the new school year, parents’ attention is turning to school clothes, supplies and lunches. Yes, school lunches.

  • Can’t get accurate coverage

    Page A13 Donald Trump is not presidential, doesn’t have charisma and is a political bungler. The media, however, have been quite unfair. He didn’t say that Sen. John McCain was not a …

  • Use resources thoughtfully

    Page A13 In his Aug. 21 letter to the editor, “Strong leadership brings respect,” Joe Schauble writes: “Strong leadership and a strong military with the best weapons available are a must to …

  • Firefighting funds blocked

    Page A13 The DNR reports that right now there are 29,000 fires burning in the United States. In June, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers blocked a bill that would have created a $1 …

  • Proud to be an American

    Page A13 An Aug. 21 attack on innocent citizens was interrupted by three Americans who happened to be passengers aboard a high-speed train in Europe. It is far from the first time …

  • Appreciate water conservation

    Page A13 The Spokane River has always given life to the city of Spokane. The river and its falls are the reason Spokane was originally settled. It provided a natural gathering place …

  • A-bomb not a necessity

    Page A13 Hal Dixon (Aug. 22) reports on popular legend because he reads history with a lazy eye.

  • Redistribute defense funds

    Page A13 We live in the richest country in the world, but every day I see more and more people begging on street corners. Yesterday, I saw a veterans group panhandling for …

  • Growth is wrong focus

    Page A13 All we hear the so-called economic experts talk about is the importance of growth. There is just one problem with that model: We live on a finite planet. What happens …

  • Power up waste recovery

    Page A13 The phoenix was a legendary bird that arose from the ashes to spread its wings in a bright new beginning. Likewise, a long-forgotten engine may arise from obscurity to a …

August 28
  • Editorial: For students’ safety, vaccinate and slow down

    Page A11 Barring a strike by Spokane teachers, school will be back in session for most students. Time for a primer on a couple of sensible public safety and health imperatives: Slow … 12

  • Amy Goodman: Rejecting nuclear deal risks war

    Page A11 A war with Iran would be a catastrophe, yet by opposing diplomacy, hundreds of members of Congress may be blundering into just such a conflict. The Iran nuclear deal, as …

  • Crapo omits Medicare options

    Page A11 Sen. Mike Crapo states that Medicare funding is about exhausted, and that there are only two options to save it: Reduce benefits and increase borrowing. The senator is either stupid …

  • Say no to rail bridge

    Page A11 I am concerned about the excessive coal and oil trains pushing their way through the Idaho Panhandle. Big business is sending more fuel to Asia with little care for the …

  • Trump speaks unfiltered truth

    Page A11 I have been reading about quite a bit of angst concerning the possibility of a Donald Trump third party run, if he decides to run third party, by Republicans concerned …

August 27
  • Biden bid would be good tonic for Democrats

    Page A11 Joe Biden, in the (still unlikely) event he runs for president, probably won’t beat Hillary Clinton. He’s been a lackluster presidential candidate in the past, and there’s no clear path …

  • Editorial: With luck, Wyman could set up meaningful presidential primary

    Page A11 It may all be over but the shouting by next May, but Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman is determined to hold a state presidential primary even if Democrats and … 1

  • Birth control reduces abortions

    Page A11 Dana Milbank makes perfect sense in his Aug. 20 column responding to hard-line conservatives regarding abortion. He succinctly states that conservatives would rather fight about abortion than reduce it.

  • Climate change gets personal

    Page A11 The headlines say July was the warmest month in the world, ever. What we are seeing is that global warming or climate change means a sharp change in weather patterns, …

  • Iran treaty politicized

    Page A11 The stated primary purpose of the congressional vote on the negotiated Iran nuclear treaty is to prevent lifting economic sanctions on Iran. However, this treaty was negotiated with five other …

August 26
  • Trudy Rubin: GOP candidates offer no realistic foreign policy strategy

    Page A13 Two weeks’ vacation on Cape Cod was a pleasant escape from the bizarre political circus otherwise known as the Republican primary contest, in which foreign policy has mostly gotten short …

  • Editorial: Regain public’s trust by carefully picking police ombudsman

    Page A13 The sudden deterioration of Spokane’s police oversight apparatus has been a profoundly disappointing development, so news that a search team has settled on three finalists for ombudsman is welcome. The … 1

  • Voter fraud is rare

    Page A13 With respect to Gerald Click’s Aug. 14 letter to the editor (“Am I an extremist?”) the answer is clear.

  • Recognize workers’ rights

    Page A13 While The Spokesman-Review got it right that all qualifying citizens’ initiatives should make it onto the ballot, the editorial board continues to get it wrong on corporate rights.

  • Tax cuts hinder firefighting

    Page A13 Our Stevens County Fire District 1’s chief is fighting a 4,000-acre fire with 11 volunteers. The county is under a state of emergency due to fires, but there are no …

  • Planned Parenthood question

    Page A13 In its advertisements on Spokane Transit Authority buses, Planned Parenthood claims to be a community champion. After visiting Planned Parenthood’s Web page, I can only ask, “They claim to be …