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January 17
  • Don’t stop there, McGrath

    Page B5 I view televised Spokane City Council meetings primarily to catch spectator George McGrath, who is the gadfly critic and baiter of the council. George is our chief protector from the …

  • Defend the borders

    Page B5 You guys are so predictably wrong. Read your pathetic defense of illegals Jan. 7. Same old line. Anyone who doesn’t fall in love with this latest nonsense from your bad …

  • Byrd apologized

    Page B5 I saw the editorial cartoon trying to equate Rep. Steve Scalise with the late West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd. As usual, extremists can’t seem to deal with simple things, such …

  • Stay engaged, push reform

    Page B5 In response to the Stay Awake campaign: How can we place individuals into our offices who are interested in meeting the needs of citizens rather than filling their pockets and …

  • We are in it together

    Page B5 Logan neighborhood reader boards remind us of our shared humanity. Donut Parade’s sandwich board reads, “I am Charlie.” The Logan Elementary reader board says “Darkness shows me the stars.” McDonald’s …

  • Agree with Otter, Bible

    Page B5 Regarding “Idaho, Otter should heed tide changes on gay rights” (Jan. 8.): This editorial writer obviously doesn’t understand the reasons for the position Gov. Butch Otter, and many other Idahoans, …

  • Diplomacy with Iran

    Page B5 Thank you for covering the ongoing U.S. diplomatic negotiations with Iran. Although I was disappointed that the talks have not yet concluded with a long-term agreement, I was pleased to …

  • Support CVSD ballot issue

    Page B5 We are in our late 70s and have each served three four-year terms on school boards. We are now serving on the steering committee for the upcoming Central Valley School …

January 16
  • Editorial: Legislature must invest to make sure all parts of state are heard

    Page A11 The Legislature is coming to Eastern Washington. At least, that is, if efforts underway to connect those of us on the east side of the Cascade Curtain to Olympia succeed. … 2

  • Amy Goodman: Millions in France make values clear

    Page A11 The massacre at Charlie Hebdo, and the subsequent killing of a policewoman and mass murder at the Hyper Cachet kosher market, shocked the world. Young fanatics with automatic weapons unleashed …

  • Clear sidewalks

    Page A11 Driving north on Division Street this week, I noticed an elderly gentleman with a walker having to walk on the road because the pavements had not been cleared of snow, …

  • Applaud Sheriff Arpaio

    Page A11 Like the somewhat smart bomber Gary Crooks (Jan. 11), I lived in Arizona, and my opinion of Sheriff Joe Arpaio is the exact opposite.

  • Terrorists a local threat

    Page A11 What bizarre reasoning does The Spokesman-Review editorial board use in supporting the Spokane City Council’s attack on public safety with the sanctuary city ruling? Why would anyone want to undermine …

  • Don’t encourage sanctuary

    Page A11 The Jan. 7 Spokesman-Review editorial title “Keep law that gives immigrants sanctuary” seemed to conveniently refrain from using the word “illegal” before immigrant. In fact, I did not see the …

January 15
  • Dana Milbank: Conservatives inconsistent in criticizing French involvement

    Page A11 There is a certain je ne sais quoi in conservatives’ criticism of the Obama administration over last week’s terrorist attack in France. A decade ago, Republicans in Congress were renaming …

  • Editorial: Shine a light on dark money in politics

    Page A11 Sen. Andy Billig’s bid to illuminate secret political contributions died in the last Legislature. But subsequent campaign shenanigans that threatened the Republicans’ hold on the Senate have drawn more bipartisan … 8

  • GOP cuts benefit

    Page A11 The Associated Press reported on an action by House Republicans on Social Security disability. They included a new rule that bars funds from the larger Social Security retirement fund to …

  • Thanks for fence story

    Page A11 A great big thank you to Shawn Vestal for his Jan. 3 piece regarding Spokane Police Officer Traci Ponto and her husband, who donated their time and money to build …

  • Reject rental inspection

    Page A11 The Spokane neighborhood councils and the city are considering a rental inspection program. If this inspection law passes, rest assured that the cost would be passed along, as well as …

January 14
  • Editorial: Lawmakers need to get busy fixing big problems

    Page A9 If it was not clear before the Legislature got down to business Monday, it’s clear now: Neither of the major changes in the Washington tax code proposed by Gov. Jay … 6

  • Religious threat endangers us all

    Page A9 On Friday, the day French police killed the terrorists who attacked Charlie Hebdo, the liberal Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was publicly flogged in Jeddah for insulting Islam. The two cases …

  • Keep fear, guns in check

    Page A9 The tragic case of the toddler shooting his mother in a Hayden store speaks to an epidemic of fear that has taken over our nation. Why does a person need …

  • There will be no sanctuary

    Page A9 I went to the Jan. 5 Spokane City Council meeting that Council President Ben Stuckart obviously wanted to end before the council could vote on ending Spokane as a sanctuary …

  • Why re-elect McMorris Rodgers?

    Page A9 Tell me again why Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers got re-elected by the voters of the 5th Congressional District.

January 13
  • Editorial: State needs to restore local share of liquor tax

    Page A9 While some may be wondering what happened to cheaper liquor after the passage of Initiative 1183 in 2011, local governments are wondering what happened to their cut of the proceeds. … 10

  • Robert J. Samuelson: Reagan played vital role in Fed’s conquering inflation in 1980s

    Page A9 It’s important to get history right – and economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has got it maddeningly wrong. Krugman recently wrote a column arguing that the decline …

  • Sowa will be missed

    Page A9 I am a local small businessman who moved here 10 years ago and, to a great degree, discovered the connectivity of our special business community via Tom Sowa’s excellent work. …

  • Wolves moving in

    Page A9 Regarding Ron Reed’s Jan. 4 letter:

  • Not taxpayers’ problem

    Page A9 When John Haabberstad (Dec. 30) says that wolves have a negative effect on game populations, he clearly doesn’t understand how important a balanced ecosystem is. Like most predators, wolves play …

January 12