The Spokesman-Review


SUNDAY, JUNE 26, 2016

Alex Rodriguez: Brexit a potent warning sign

Britain has Brexited, choosing populism and over pragmatism, insularity over inclusion – and leaving the world transformed and deeply worried. The rising tide against immigration has Trumped integration. It’s a script that Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, easily could have penned, were it not for the U.K.’s own version of nationalistic bombast and one of the standard bearers for Brexit – former London Mayor Boris Johnson. Johnson and other Brexit leaders hawked the idea of an anti-immigration, walled-off Britain, and Britons bought it.

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House plan fails child nutrition

As a school nutrition director and local faith leaders, feeding the hungry is a fundamental responsibility, so today we must speak out in opposition to the recent congressional House bill to reauthorize child nutrition programs (HR 5003). Our need to speak out is all the more urgent because of Speaker Paul Ryan’s new anti-poverty plan, which builds on one of the most damaging parts of the child nutrition bill: transforming school meal programs into a block grant. Block grants restrict funding for critical safety net programs in exchange for states’ ability to forgo most federal program rules. These rules exist to ensure equal access for all in need, equal resources to meet those basic needs, and safeguards that make sure programs are meeting their goals.

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Rail is still the safest, cleanest way to move hazardous materials

The recent train derailment in Mosier, Oregon, drives home the importance of transportation safety and emergency response preparations. It also puts a spotlight on the hazardous materials that are essential to supporting jobs and maintaining public health. Slamming the brakes on shipments of hazardous materials by rail could have unintended consequences, such as damaging the economy, threatening public health, harming the environment, and increasing the risk of accidents.

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Fight status quo for sake of nation 

I’m afraid. I admit it. I’m a gay man living in a country that seems to be fighting the legitimacy of my existence on a constant basis. Then one morning I wake up to a nightmare of 49 people killed at a gay nightclub. Just one day before, I celebrated Pride in Spokane and spent time with friends doing exactly what people were doing in Orlando. The only difference? I survived.

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Senate bill takes steps to improve wildfire fight

Called the Wildfire Budgeting, Response, and Forest Management Act, it would, yet again, attempt to end the trick called “fire borrowing,” where money for forest management, fire prevention and treatment is gobbled up to pay firefighting costs.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016

Madsen went off the track

Contrary to what columnist Sue Lani Madsen says, I do not feel the wreck at Mosier distracts us, but reminds us of the potential for disaster posed by oil trains running through downtown.

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Schools need urgent aid

Urgency - not patience - is what we need on school funding. The state Legislature has had four years since the McCleary decision was handed down, and nearly two years since they were held in contempt of court for failing to comply with the decision. They have had plenty of time to resolve the issues highlighted in your editorial. Yet this session came and went without any meaningful action to provide the stable, reliable and full funding our public schools need.

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Weekend Wild Card — June 25-26

You'll have to contend with Iron-type people, if you go downtown this weekend. They'll be practicing and strutting their muscular bodies on Saturday. And performing on Sunday. I'm curious what ...

“Walking with Peety”

Eric O'Grey, the Spokane Valley man whose story about losing more than 100 pounds with the help of a shelter dog went viral earlier this year, has a book deal. ...



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