‘Seattle quarantine’ bill offers chance to weigh uniformity

Washington cities have been a rambunctious lot the last few years, setting minimum-wage levels and family-leave policies more liberal than those set by the state. Spokane joined the movement last month with a safe and sick leave ordinance enacted by the City Council over the veto of Mayor David Condon. ... Continued »

Final say on community rights

The Supreme Court ruling that smacked down the 2013 Envision Spokane initiative was unanimous, definitive and elementary in its reasoning. It marked the third legal review of the so-called Community Bill of Rights, and Envision’s only victory was a Court of Appeals ruling that initiative challengers did not have “standing;” ... Continued »

Senate bills ID wrong victims

Senate bills 6548 and 6443 identify as good legislation. They are not. The first adds a provision to Washington anti-discrimination laws that would allow private facilities to segregate restrooms based on genitalia. The second would require the state Human Rights Commission to repeal a portion of rules adopted in November ... Continued »

TPP a boon to Washington

On Wednesday afternoon (Spokane time), the United States joined 11 other nations in a formal signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact in New Zealand. As the nation’s most trade-dependent state, this is good news for Washington. But the next step is gaining congressional approval, and that could be tricky ... Continued »

Clear way for more voters

When the young vote, they can change an election, as they did Monday, lifting Sen. Bernie Sanders into a near tie with Hillary Clinton. An overwhelming 84 percent of the 30,000 Democratic voters ages 17-29 rallied to the Vermont senator, which easily made the difference in what had once been ... Continued »

Education investment will pay off

The path to improving Idaho’s economic prospects goes through postsecondary campuses. The Legislature must help more students on their way. On Monday, Lt. Gov. Brad Little urged education committee members to adopt a resolution calling for 60 percent of Idahoans between the ages of 25 and 34 to have a ... Continued »

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George F. Will: Football puts brains at risk

Settling unhappily into his Super Bowl seat, Himalayan high behind the end zone, Joe spots an empty seat low and on the 50-yard line. He descends to it and asks the man seated next to him why the wonderful seat ... Continued »

Smart Bombs: School funding stuck in time

In the movie “Groundhog Day,” Bill Murray plays a contemptuous TV reporter who must slog through the same experiences over and over. It’s only when he changes his ways that the nightmare ends. It’s like the politics of basic education ... Continued »


Enforce, strengthen gun laws

Paul Carpenter's Jan. 20 letter cogently argues that the existing gun laws should be strictly enforced, with no more plea deals. As a gun owner with a permit to carry and a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, I agree. Continued »

Myths surround Benghazi

Dave Nagle's Jan. 30 letter praising the movie "13 Hours," which he describes as fact-based, shows the popular mythology surrounding the Benghazi tragedy. Continued »

Not government's business

If the people in government think they have the authority to dictate to private businesses what type of benefits they should or should not offer to their employees, then we have put the wrong people in government. Continued »

Golden age of higher ed

Proposals for free community (President Obama) and four-year college tuition (Sen. Bernie Sanders) are not new. Though I lived with friends my senior year at Shadle Park High School the fall of 1962 so that I could play basketball, I was immediately a resident of California because my parents had moved there in 1961. Continued »

Greed harms Mt. Spokane

Regarding "Court temporarily halts Mt. Spokane expansion project (Jan. 25)": Our Creator gave people our planet, Mother Earth, for us to live on in peace. Then ugly greed loomed. Continued »


Lindholdt: Kick cows off refuge lands

Public-lands cattle grazing triggered the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge bloodshed. The Bundy bunch – father Cliven and sons Ammon and Ryan – think they deserve to graze their herds on ... Continued »

Ervin: Executive order stigmatizes disabled.

As President Barack Obama’s executive orders addressing gun violence take effect, disability rights activists are concerned that some aspects unfairly label people with psychiatric disabilities as perpetrators of violence. Currently, ... Continued »

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