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Friday, February 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Guest Opinions

Chris Bachman: The wolf you feed

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:08 p.m.

It is time to bridge the divide and collaborate, supporting human interests and protecting wildlife.

Guest Opinion: What’s love got to do with it?

What do the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day have in common? Well, they’re both in the month of February (this year) and …anecdotally, they’re also days when rates of domestic violence (DV) increase. Amid the hubbub of the big game and the romantic holiday, one can be easily lulled into believing DV is a rare or a far-away occurrence, but we need to recognize we have a significant problem in our own backyard. Domestic violence in Spokane, just like in many U.S. cities, is a public health crisis. On average, 3,300 domestic violence victims are identified annually in Spokane County. In one year, domestic violence in Spokane resulted in $6.7 million in hospital charges and constituted one-quarter of all criminal cases. Two thousand children were either witnesses or victims of DV in Spokane County between 2016 and 2017.

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Lisa Benson

Syndicated Columns & Other Voices

Marc A. Thiessen: Trump shouldn’t be forcing Republicans to choose fidelity to him or to the Constitution

If the goal is to build a border wall, then President Trump has made the wrong decision at every turn. In early 2018, Trump had the opportunity to secure $25 billion in funding for his border wall in exchange for legal status for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients. Instead of taking the deal, he blew up the negotiations with his “s---hole” countries remark and by demanding changes to legal immigration policy. Then in June, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $1.6 billion for 65 miles of fencing by an overwhelming bipartisan 26-5 margin. This could easily have passed the House and Senate. Instead, Trump later shut down the government over wall funding and demanded $5.7 billion. Result? After a disastrous 35-day shutdown, he got less – $1.38 billion – than he would have if he had just gone along with the bipartisan deal six months earlier.

Robert J. Samuelson: ‘The Affluent Society’ revisited

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:02 p.m.

Written by Harvard economist John Kenneth Galbraith and published in 1958, “The Affluent Society” foretold that private prosperity would lead to a larger public sector. But this has also left problems that linger today.


No longer as proud

Sixty-six years ago during the Korean War I enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps (Service #1439178). When I took the oath to defend this country against all enemies foreign and domestic, it was the proudest I had ever felt. A decade earlier my three uncles (Lawrence, Ray and Willis) had served during WWII.

Investigate abuse

This letter is written in response to "Sexual abuse report roils Southern Baptists," (The Spokesman-Review, Feb. 11.).

Song meant to open hearts

I have to disagree with Mr. Culbertson's opinion of SPCA using "Silent Night" in their efforts to help abandoned, dumped and/or mistreated dogs and cats ("SPCA misused sacred song," Jan. 17).

Inslee’s orca plan

Governor Inslee has proposed spending $750,000 to study the removal of the four dams on the Snake River to provide more salmon for the orca pods that seasonally forage off our coast.

A Catholic pattern

In reference to Earle Canty's letter to the editor, "Compassion not always helpful," (Jan. 20). As a former chaplain in two inner-city missions, I agree.

Albi a piece of history

It will be a shame when District 81 demolishes Joe Albi Stadium, but more importantly the citizens will lose a monument meant to honor soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice for us ... for freedom.


Editorial: Lawmakers still want to keep secrets from Washingtonians

Wednesday’s weather provided a suitable backdrop for state lawmakers intent on passing a secrecy bill. Clouds hung low over Olympia, obscuring any sunshine, and snow statewide prevented people from attending a hearing about it held by the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee. A year ago, the Legislature passed a bill exempting itself from the Public Records Act. Washingtonians responded with justified outrage, inundating the governor’s office with letters of opposition. Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed that bill, and lawmakers agreed to spend some time carefully studying the issue to identify a better approach.