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Dorn’s real target is the Legislature

The lawsuit Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn filed against select school districts may seem counterintuitive. A schools chief who has long urged the Legislature to fully fund basic education suing districts who have filled the gap? But Dorn makes it clear his target is the Legislature. His lawsuit, which ... Continued »

Junior’s Hall of Fame induction is special

The following editorial from the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin does not necessarily reflect the view of The Spokesman-Review's editorial board. When former Seattle Mariner star – no, make that superstar – Ken Griffey Jr. is inducted into baseball Hall of Fame this Sunday, it’s going to be satisfying for Pacific Northwest ... Continued »

Clean-air victory offers climate change lesson

Before the region marketed its environment – “Near Nature, Near Perfect” – it had to clean it up. The history of that improvement carries lessons for those who support and oppose action on climate change. In the 1970s and ’80s, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency deemed Spokane County’s air to ... Continued »

Congress skips out on vital business

Want a job where you get to decide the length of your summer vacation? What if you could make it as long as seven weeks, regardless of the pressing business in front of you? Run for Congress, which started its traditional August recess last Friday. For those of you who ... Continued »

Recap of primary endorsements

Ballots for the Washington primary election were mailed out Friday, kicking off the 18-day voting period that ends Aug. 2. The editorial board has been interviewing candidates in select races for the past five weeks. For the most part, we concentrated on contests with at least three viable candidates, knowing ... Continued »

‘Salmon cannon’ an intriguing experiment

The following abridged versions of Northwest editorials do not necessarily reflect the view of The Spokesman-Review’s editorial board. Yakima Herald-Republic, July 14 On the Yakima River near Roza Dam, biologists recently conducted a little experiment that could revolutionize the policies and politics surrounding fish migration, which has long been one ... Continued »

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Kathleen Parker: Trump’s rhetoric evokes tyrants

CLEVELAND – Donald Trump was a man in full Thursday night as he accepted the Republican nomination: Full-throated, full of fury and full of himself: “I am your voice”; “I alone can fix it (the system)”; “I am the law ... Continued »


DUI policy much needed

I want to thank County Prosecutor Larry Haskell's decision to implement a tougher policy directed at DUI offenders. It appears to be much needed as I read with increasing frequency and alarm news accounts of devastating incidents involving DUI drivers and their impact on innocent citizens who became victims simply by unfortunately being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Continued »

Electric cars information

Regarding the July 13 article about the electric vehicle charging stations being installed by Avista: I am the owner of my second Nissan Leaf. My first was a 2012, and at the end of the lease I leased this 2015 Leaf. I know firsthand the distance anxiety, but after four years of driving a Leaf, I know what it's capable of. Living in Spangle, I can't drive it to Coeur d'Alene roundtrip without stopping and recharging it at the Nissan dealership. Continued »

No justice served

The Spokesman-Review's July 10 editorial, "Facts matter," is relevant to FBI Director Comey's recent statement exonerating Hillary Clinton from charges of mishandling classified information because there was no evidence of "intentional misconduct" on her part. Continued »

Stick with Trump

No one is happy with any of the candidates. Trump is a narcissist; Clinton is a congenital proven serial liar, and probably a sociopath, and Bernie is a naive socialist that's promising free everything with no idea how to pay for it. Socialism is always the path back to slavery. It may be slow or fast, but it is the inevitable. Continued »

Type of weapon matters

It's hard to understand the paranoia surrounding the Second Amendment of the American Constitution. I can understand carrying a handgun for self-defense against an intruder, or against assault in a tough neighborhood. And I understand my friends who enjoy hunting, or competing at marksmanship. Continued »


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