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April 4
  • Guest opinion: Events at Selma spur renewal

    Page A13 I am still thinking about what I saw and heard in Selma, Alabama, last month. On my return, I wrote three words on my office door, “Remember, Recommit, Restore,” words …

  • Guest opinion: House bill offers needed reforms of court-imposed debts

    Page A13 Our criminal justice system should work to hold offenders accountable and offer them a meaningful opportunity to rebuild their lives. It should also provide restitution to crime victims. Unfortunately, Washington’s …

  • Beware of quaking aspens

    Page A13 A devastating and dangerous army is silently invading neighborhoods and public areas of Coeur d’Alene and Spokane. Quaking aspen trees have been planted by homeowners and landscapers in our yards …

  • Choose affiliation wisely

    Page A13 (Editor’s note: This letter is being republished because a sentence was omitted.)

  • Avista article inadequate

    Page A13 I feel the March 22 article did a rather inadequate job of explaining Avista’s need for rate increases. While touching on a static customer base and declining energy usage as …

  • Remove career criminals

    Page A13 After reading about the career criminal who has 31 felony convictions, and the next day reading another about a person with 39 convictions, I would like to propose we enact …

  • Question on Fairchild ‘threat’

    Page A13 With all due respect to Rep. Kevin Parker’s March 29 guest opinion, “Ensure Fairchild stays in region,” could he or someone else please explain the reason an industrial-use designation in …

April 3
  • Editorial: Budget plans don’t reflect reality of most Washingtonians

    Page A11 There may be some fortunate Washington households planning for a 15 percent increase in spending over the next two years, but we know of only one: the Washington House of … 4

  • Amy Goodman: Taking action against intolerance

    Page A11 The date was Aug. 7, 1930. The place: Marion, Indiana. Three young African-American men were lynched. The horror of the crime was captured by a local photographer. The image of …

  • Nuxoll invited to temple

    Page A11 Regarding Idaho Sen. Sheryl Nuxoll’s words (March 4) about a Hindu prayer at the state Capitol: I am sorry that she may not understand one of the great parts of …

  • Pipeline instead of trains

    Page A11 Well, with the recent train derailment outside of Galena, Illinois, once again the question is raised about the necessity of the Keystone XL pipeline. Crude oil transported by train has …

  • Choose affiliation wisely

    Page A11 The apparent choices are Republican, Democrat or American. The Republican Party has devolved into a curious collection of Quislings, cowards and con artists, yet remains home to the waning number …

  • Legal pot not smart

    Page A11 I think it’s sad that so many people want marijuana made legal. If it helps people with medical problems to be made comfortable, that makes sense. But for the rest …

April 2
  • Editorial: Washington must focus on STEM education

    Page A13 A critical pipeline to Washington’s future economic success is far too narrow. That’s the conclusion of “Opportunity For All,” a report on the booming science and technology job sectors that … 10

  • Dana Milbank: GOP stumbling over gay rights

    Page A13 The good news for Republicans: They have a path to victory in 2016. The bad news for Republicans: They are not on that path.

  • Envision self-reliance

    Page A13 Look out, Spokane. Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, along comes another socialist idea wrapped in a teary proposal to make us all feel good.

  • Insurance agents help others

    Page A13 I agree with your March 23 article that said signing up and finding the right Medicare plan is a challenge. But the SHIBA volunteers are not licensed and are not …

  • Appeasement will fail again

    Page A13 British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain thought that he was securing peace when he sold out his Czechoslovakian allies at Munich in 1938. He did, for exactly 11 months. When war …

April 1
  • Editorial: Loan bill unfair to vulnerable Washington state borrowers

    Page A11 Payday lenders are persistent, as are their unfortunate customers. The lenders are back in the face of legislators who in 2009 enacted reforms that curtailed some of the industry’s most … 4

  • Trudy Rubin: Obama can still bungle Afghanistan if troops aren’t kept longer

    Page A11 Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s trip to Washington last week was so triumphant one could almost imagine how his troubled country might morph into a future success story. At a joint …

  • Deficit boost not a budget

    Page A11 In reading the March 24 paper, I saw the article about the congressional Democrats reaching an agreement on their fiscal budget. If accepted, this spending would increase the deficit by …

  • ACA helped local business

    Page A11 As a small-business owner with one employee, I wanted to be a good employer and provide my one employee with health care benefits. Unfortunately, at age 21 she was in …

  • Not a ‘vibrant democracy’

    Page A11 Hannah Allam explored the status of shared values between the United States and Israel on the background of brazenly racist speeches by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor …

March 31
  • Robert J. Samuelson: Honest talk about budget absent from both parties

    Page A9 When it comes to the federal budget, what consistently unites Democrats and Republicans is their common capacity to lie to themselves, lie to the public and postpone any serious discussion …

  • Editorial: School survey of youths’ sexual activity provides useful data

    Page A9 Is it better to be in the dark about the sex lives of teenagers? Not if you ask public health experts. But two-thirds of Washington state schools omitted the Healthy … 6

  • Avista could set example

    Page A9 A few weeks ago, we read the news of the fat raises and bonuses to the royalty at Avista. These bloated amounts must be paid to keep the sharp people …

  • Dems to mount comeback

    Page A9 Americans have just elected a bunch of politicians who don’t want to do what they want. Americans overwhelmingly want the $7.25 federal hourly minimum wage raised, thinking it unfair that …

  • Great care at Spokane VA

    Page A9 Recently I had prostate surgery at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Spokane. The entire experience, from the diagnosis through pre-operation orientation, the surgery itself and the post-operative care, was wonderful. …

March 30
  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: More education needed on race

    Page A7 Am I the only person in America not making fun of Howard Schultz? The Starbucks CEO bought himself a ton of ridicule recently when he attempted to jump-start a national …

  • Climate data conclusive

    Page A7 I appreciate the placement of the March 20 article “Obama moves ahead on climate change” on page 3, right across from “$1 billion plan to battle drought in California.”