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July 14
  • Editorial: Both parties get behind new stance on nonviolent crime

    Page A9 Revising the nation’s harsh sentences for nonviolent offenses has united forces on the left and right. Let’s hope the commutations announced Monday by President Obama will be treated as part … 4

  • Avista should cut weeds

    Page A9 The letter in the July 5 paper about fire-prone weeds on open property is right on. One of the worst offenders is Avista. Here in the Beacon Ridge area near …

  • Sheriff’s comments unprofessional

    Page A9 Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich’s “The Threats We Face” talk was little more than a Morris Dees Southern Poverty Law Center memo used to smear a group of people he disagrees with. …

  • Redoubling fair attendance

    Page A9 This letter is in regard to Marianne Torres’ July 5 letter, “Ducking the Interstate Fair.” Holy cow. Talk about anger and hate. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a …

  • Respect Obamacare, too

    Page A9 This quote is from The Spokesman-Review (June 26) regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage: “Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said she disagrees with the ruling but said …

July 13
  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Cosby has lost his moral authority

    Page A9 You might have missed the irony. If so, it would be easy to understand. Last week’s bulletin about accused serial rapist Bill Cosby was sensational enough that one might be …

  • Lessons from Greece

    Page A9 We have all heard about the troubles Greece is enduring. Several other countries are teetering on the precipice of financial ruin as well. Our own national debt is rising at …

  • First World health care

    Page A9 Several writers discussing the Affordable Care Act have used the word “forced” incorrectly. If one wishes not to enroll in health insurance, a tax must be paid. The option is …

July 12
  • Editorial: Initiative in Spokane targeting immigrants just wrong

    Page B8 The fight against prejudice in Spokane is not over. On July 4, someone spray-painted “Death to Islam” on the outside of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Heritage Association, a Muslim prayer … 101

  • Smart Bombs: Pledging to close minds

    Page B8 Business interests lobbied heavily for a transportation package, but Sen. Michael Baumgartner was the lone Republican in the Spokane area to vote for the gas-tax increase that will finance it. … 14

  • Kathleen Parker: Saluting the surrendering of pride for the greater good

    Page B8 The past may not be past, as William Faulkner once put it. But it sure seems to be leaving. As I watched the broadcast of the Confederate battle flag being …

  • Deane Osterman: Utilities’ solar programs deliver benefits

    Page B9 As someone who has spent his entire career working in natural resources management, everything comes down to the relationship between energy and the environment. Increasingly, state and federal mandates, and …

  • Liz Carlisle: Bill to help young farmers misses opportunity

    Page B9 A bill recently introduced in Congress, the Young Farmer Success Act, would make farmers eligible for federally subsidized student loan forgiveness – just as teachers and nurses are now – …

  • Planet has its limits

    Page B9 Knowledge is the only unlimited and expanding resource. There are limits. This is a finite planet, with finite resources that are diminishing rapidly because there are too many consumers. This …

  • Say no more to STA

    Page B9 In April, the Spokane Transit Authority asked us to approve a tax increase to help with rising transit costs. Thankfully, that was voted down (for now). The residents of Spokane …

  • Unions should earn members

    Page B9 Thousands of Washington educators who don’t want union representation and don’t want to pay union dues are forced to do so because of state laws made possible by the U.S. …

  • Embrace equal rights

    Page B9 Charles Caleb Colton said, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” I understand feeling duped, believing someone was someone other than who you thought they were, but what I don’t …

  • Fagan deserves re-election

    Page B9 I consider myself politically progressive, so from my perspective Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan is a right-wing “whacko.” But I’ll defend to the death his right to be one. Most …

July 11
  • Editorial: Medicare reimbursement for end-of-life planning long overdue

    Page A10 It’s perhaps fitting that in the same week Sarah Palin shut down her subscriber-based online channel, Medicare announced it will reimburse health care providers for talking with patients about what … 28

  • Charles Krauthammer: In the heavens, a bright spot in dark times

    Page A10 We need a pick-me-up. Amid the vandalizing of Palmyra, the imminent extinction of the northern white rhino, the disarray threatening Europe’s most ambitious attempt ever at peaceful unification – amid …

  • Froma Harrop: Helicopter parents should be grounded

    Page A10 Helicopter parents are famous for micromanaging their children’s affairs. There are two kinds. One kind indulges children to the point of near imbecility. No demands are ever placed, no chores …

  • Rob McCann: The beginnings of a prescription to ‘cure’ poverty

    Page A11 Incredible advances in medicine and technology have allowed us to cure many of the world’s greatest illnesses and health challenges. Plagues and sicknesses that once wiped out entire cities have …

  • Carl P. Leubsdorf: Redistricting, gripped by politics, skews U.S. House

    Page A11 The Supreme Court’s decision to allow a redistricting commission set up by Arizona voters holds the potential of reducing the rampant gerrymandering that has virtually guaranteed a Republican-controlled U.S. House …

  • Casino a threat to Fairchild

    Page A11 A casino across the street from Fairchild Air Force Base is a major threat to the future existence of Fairchild. Fairchild constitutes 13 percent of the local economy. With over …

  • Confederates were traitors

    Page A11 I read with dismay Kit Heston’s July 5 letter, “Respect flags of veterans,” in which the veterans he is addressing, and their flag, are those of the rebellious states who …

  • Illegal fireworks careless

    Page A11 As I write this, many of our neighbors in Suncrest are setting off illegal fireworks, as they do every year. But this year it seems a slap in the faces …

  • Carnage not unique

    Page A11 Regarding the June 21 editorial “How much do we care about ending the carnage?”:

  • Obama’s eulogy touching

    Page A11 The remarkable and touching eulogy for his friend, pastor and state Sen. Clementa C. Pinckney by President Obama was simply historic, mesmerizing, uplifting; one of a kind. It touched our …

July 10