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Tuesday, December 11, 2018  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883


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Mary Cullinan: Why go to college? Eastern alumni can tell you

Eastern Washington University celebrated homecoming this year by inviting back to campus the alumni who graduated 50 years ago. More than 100 members of the class of 1968 attended our gala weekend: homecoming parade, football win over the University of Idaho, celebratory luncheon, and an array of festive events. I spoke with many of our guests during that weekend. They shared memories and stories. They talked about how Eastern Washington State College prepared them for their careers: They had gone on to be teachers, accountants, bankers, attorneys, business leaders.
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Dr. Bob Lutz: The forgotten pandemic

As is evidenced by an emerging theme in several of Jim Kershner’s recent “100 years ago in Spokane” features, one century ago was both a celebratory and yet dark time in our county’s history – while America was celebrating Armistice Day, a global influenza pandemic was starting to hit home.

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Joe Heller

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Marc A. Thiessen: China tried to strike at Trump – and missed the mark entirely

“When you strike at a king you must kill him,” Ralph Waldo Emerson once said. Well, this year China tried to strike at President Trump for daring to launch a trade war with Beijing – and missed the mark entirely. After Trump imposed massive tariffs on Chinese goods earlier this year, Beijing responded in June with what appeared to be a clever strategy: targeting retaliatory tariffs against Trump voters in rural farming communities across the United States. China is the largest importer of U.S. soybeans, buying $14 billion of them in 2017. Three of the biggest soybean-producing states, Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota, not only voted for Trump, but also in the 2018 midterms had Democratic senators – Joe Donnell, Claire McCaskill and Heidi Heitkamp, respectively – who were up for re-election. If Beijing imposed painful tariffs on soybeans, Chinese leaders likely calculated, they could create a rift between Trump and rural voters who put him in the White House, give Senate Democrats a boost and force Trump to back down.


Opinion >  Letters

Our soldiers’ plight

Thank you for your front-page article on Sunday ("Grieving parents publish their son's journal," Dec. 2). It was poignant and heartbreaking, but a critically necessary reminder of the ongoing challenges faced by those who have volunteered to go in harm's way to preserve our country's safety and security.
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Planned Parenthood complications, priorities

A law in Idaho requiring that abortion providers report complications that may have arisen after an abortion is causing concern for Planned Parenthood. According to the Idaho Press ("Attorneys ask for temporary stop to Idaho abortion-reporting law, Sept. 19, 2018), the law requires information limited to age, race, live births and number of prior abortions of any patient who received an abortion and suffered complications.
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Teach the unskilled

There are 7 million job openings, but many can't be filled because candidates aren't technology literate. Better education is needed in high school that challenges students to become technology literate. For the unskilled, what's needed is for politicians to create jobs at the city, county, state and federal levels with a $15 wage. Unskilled candidates that are homeless, on welfare, are out of work or are tired of playing video games, watching "Oprah" or "The View" might be candidates.
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A win-win-win on climate

The Spokesman-Review on Nov. 27 highlighted the National Climate Assessment findings of growing and extreme climate change dangers in every region of the U.S. and the necessity of acting now. Climate change is a human issue, no matter the party or region.
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Climate change “sources”

Anyone else getting tired of all the global warming narratives? I've read and watched videos from both sides of this story, and the issue is muddled at best. Much of what we believe depends on which source resonates with you. If you choose to believe the "government" sources, then certainly climate change is a true threat. However, if you look into those sources, you might find that these "government" sources are not reliable. My sources paint an entirely different picture on global warming and have actual data and documents to back it up.
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Albi serves its purpose well

Here we go again. 60 percent of the voters said to leave Joe Albi alone, but the facilities district president says that this was just an advisory vote and they will build a downtown stadium anyway. Will no one stop them, probably not!

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