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Wednesday, April 24, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Guest Opinions

Sen. Mark Schoesler: Don’t blame Legislature for school districts’ budget problems

If Spokesman-Review readers saw last week’s story (“Spokane schools issues 325 layoff notices amid budget shortfall”), they understandably would have questions, and might conclude the Legislature caused the $31 million deficit being predicted for next year by Spokane Public Schools. But there is more to this issue. People should be aware of the factors that school districts and education unions aren’t mentioning when claiming to be in financial trouble.

Guest opinion: City’s decision on bus pullouts benefits Sprague, drivers, neighborhood

On Thursday, the Spokane Transit Authority will vote on the City of Spokane’s decision to make East Sprague’s bus stops more commuter- and business-friendly. As current and former presidents of the East Spokane Business Association, we stand behind the City’s decision to have buses pull out of the lane of traffic when loading and unloading passengers.

Mikayla Fox: Teachers are worth much more than test scores

325. That is the number of staff members within just Spokane Public Schools who were told on Wednesday that they were being laid off. I am a freshman at North Central High School, and just because I am not a teacher doesn’t mean this does not affect me as well. When one of my teachers told us that she would be let go at the end of the year, the class immediately burst into tears. Not a dry eye was in the room. Our minds went back to all of the fun times we had in that class. All the lessons we learned, the games we played, and the laughs we shared.

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Tom Toles


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Letters

Trump’s new message

Now that the Mueller report has exonerated President Trump his new message should be: OK, Democrats let's get together and do something for the country.

ESBA had their chance

Correct me if I'm wrong, but when a massive renovation like the East Sprague Project is about to begin, the plans are made public for any and all to view and comment upon.

The prosecutor’s job

This letter is written in response to "State auditor declares funds misspent," Feb. 28 (The auditor's report was published on Feb 21):

“Unplanned” is convincing

In the movie "Unplanned," spokesman Paul Dillon states the depiction of Planned Parenthood is inaccurate (S-R, April 12). Who is he to say this and that the film builds a world around misinformation?

Adoption gets short shrift

I was glad to see Cynthia Allen's April 13 opinion piece, "An unflinching look at abortion," on the film "Unplanned." My only sadness is toward the end, when Cynthia says, "they will understand as Johnson eventually does that the best way to help women is to support them during their pregnancies and as mothers in the years after."

Help those who help

Per the letter posted by Mr. Thomas Serafini ("Path to destruction," April 14), I believe he is spot on. Recently the actions by the City Council have made loitering (to linger aimlessly or as if aimless in or about a place) legal in such places as City Hall and city parks. With the weather warming up, B.A. Clark, Mission and Franklin parks will be places where these folks will gather and I truly feel empathy for the city parks employees who are tasked with keeping these areas clean.

Editorials

Editorial: Billig’s reversal a welcome win for all

Andy Billig must have stepped outside his office in Olympia and noticed that the title on the door identifies him as the majority leader of the Washington Senate, not as a bicycle transportation planner for his home city of Spokane.