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November 13
  • Dana Milbank: Obama’s staff lacks one who would challenge president

    Page A11 Denis McDonough, the White House chief of staff, had a peculiar reaction to the Democrats’ defeat in the midterm elections, widely blamed on President Barack Obama’s unpopularity. NBC White House …

  • Editorial: Critical decisions in offing for Idaho education

    Page A11 Idaho education, directionless after budget cuts, teacher losses and overwhelming public rejection two years ago of the so-called Luna laws, could be at a turning point this week. The Idaho … 3

  • Undo I-594 mess

    Page A11 Congratulation to the dumb and dumber voters who voted for Initiative 594 and gave Michael Bloomberg a big foothold in Washington for future gun laws. Bloomberg spent more than $1 …

  • Big stick on immigration

    Page A11 The debate about immigration goes in the wrong direction. The anger – sometimes almost hatred – is oriented toward people who either do not harm anything or anybody (e.g., the …

  • Apathy won the day

    Page A11 The Nov. 4 election has the media in a frenzy reporting a “landslide” victory for Republican candidates nationwide, calling it a referendum on our president’s performance and programs. The actual …

November 12
  • Editorial: Health plan exchange enters second year, with more options

    Page A13 In a surprise move, the U.S. Supreme Court has said it will resolve another legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act. The crux of the dispute is whether taxpayer-funded subsidies … 81

  • Democracy is on the defensive

    Page A13 The 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall is a good time to reflect on the dimming regard for democratic government – at home and abroad. Nov. 9, …

  • Excelsior article upsetting

    Page A13 In reference to the Oct. 24 article, “Police: Excelsior calls too often.”

  • GOP protects dark money

    Page A13 Last September, not one Republican senator voted for a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Republican-leaning U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision and allow Congress and states to limit …

  • Get to work, Congress

    Page A13 Let us hope that the new regime in Congress will meet the expectations of Americans. This will require the passage of legislation to immediately help the American working class climb …

  • Help the VA

    Page A13 Why is the Veterans Administration emergency room closed at night when the veterans need to have a place to go for help?

November 11
  • Robert J. Samuelson: Success of Fed’s bond buying uncertain

    Page A15 The Federal Reserve has ended its roughly $3.7 trillion program of bond buying, leaving in its wake a host of hard questions. Did it strengthen the economic recovery? If so, …

  • Editorial: Don’t blame Condon for city’s salary problems

    Page A15 Spokane residents howled last month when a proposition they had passed in 2011 imposed a $7,000 pay increase on Mayor David Condon, but last week only a handful of people … 4

  • Plenty of proud landmarks

    Page A15 It’s a pity that Matthew Hunton (“Spokane landmarks?” – Nov. 6) hasn’t toured Spokane beyond Third Avenue, where he saw a few unsightly buildings.

  • Calls for peace simplistic

    Page A15 Rusty Nelson (“Peace is the vets’ friend” – Oct. 31) and his Spokane Veterans for Peace fail to grasp a basic premise: There are evil forces in this world that …

  • Don’t sensationalize shootings

    Page A15 Thanks to Philip Mulligan (“Play down school shootings” – Nov. 4) and his ideas about the school shootings in the headlines. I agree with him wholeheartedly.

  • What about this VA change?

    Page A15 Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers touted loud and strong her many achievements in helping veterans, particularly the Veterans Administration Hospital in her district.

November 10
  • Overturn McCleary

    The Washington Supreme Court holding the Legislature in contempt because it has not budgeted ample funding for education is in violation of the separation of powers of the branches …

  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Politics trump ideas in 2014

    Page A11 The first time he said it was 10 years ago. Back then, it seemed a brisk wind in a stuffy room, a reclamation of defining verities somehow lost in the …

  • I-594 support limited

    Page A11 Based on information in a Seattle Times story, Initiative 594 passed by nearly 60 percent of the votes – as of Nov. 4. They also had an interactive graphic that …

November 9
  • Smart Bombs: Thank you for not voting

    Page B8 From Sherman Alexie’s Twitter feed: “If you think Democrats & GOP are the same, then there’s a 98% chance you’re a straight white guy.” The Native American author pinpoints a … 178

  • Kathleen Parker: Critics can’t silence their subjects

    Page B8 Lena Dunham, creator of the sensational HBO series “Girls” – and now the object of overwrought child abuse accusations by boys on the right – seems the perfect antidote to …

  • Editorial: Improving Northwest forests, economies can go hand in hand

    Page B8 Timber companies, conservationists and government stewards agree that national forests are ailing. In the Inland Northwest, trees are weakened from overcrowding and insects ravaging their innards. The result is willing … 4

  • Guest opinion: U.S. ranking on gender gap index troubling

    Page B9 Recently, the Geneva-based World Economic Forum released its annual Global Gender Gap Index. The index seeks to measure the relative gaps between women and men within a country across four …

  • Guest opinion: Performance audits are valuable tools for local government

    Page B9 Governments at all levels are looking to meet the needs of citizens while striving to be efficient and cost effective. There are many tools available to managers, directors and policymakers …

  • Support native name

    Page B9 Consistent with the meaning of our city’s name Spokane (Spokan in Salish) – “Children of the Sun” – the plaza should be named “The Gathering Place” and should appear in …

  • Bring back Pony Express

    Page B9 I recently discovered that a bill payment that I sent via the United States Postal Service from the city of Spokane Valley to the city of Spokane took three and …

  • Yield sign cheaper

    Page B9 Congratulations, to the road engineer that won the 2014 contest for the most asinine, expensive and useless project for its size. This $20,000 project is at the intersection of Lyons …

  • Wise to reject I-1351

    Page B9 Congratulations, voters in Spokane and Washington, for your wisdom in rejecting Initiative 1351 on K-12 class-size reduction.

  • Cancer marketing frustrates

    Page B9 I was moved by Heather Caro’s Nov. 4 letter “Sick of pink.” She so accurately described my own frustration with cancer awareness promotions and marketing saturation when what is really …