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Opinion

Guest Opinions

Guest Opinion: What’s love got to do with it?

What do the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day have in common? Well, they’re both in the month of February (this year) and …anecdotally, they’re also days when rates of domestic violence (DV) increase. Amid the hubbub of the big game and the romantic holiday, one can be easily lulled into believing DV is a rare or a far-away occurrence, but we need to recognize we have a significant problem in our own backyard. Domestic violence in Spokane, just like in many U.S. cities, is a public health crisis. On average, 3,300 domestic violence victims are identified annually in Spokane County. In one year, domestic violence in Spokane resulted in $6.7 million in hospital charges and constituted one-quarter of all criminal cases. Two thousand children were either witnesses or victims of DV in Spokane County between 2016 and 2017.

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Tom Toles


Syndicated Columns & Other Voices

Kathleen Parker: The three amigas

Republicans are overreacting to three freshman Democratic congresswomen, and Democrats are overreacting to their overreaction.

Letters

Where are the police, Mayor?

I just watched Mayor Condon make a speech on the 5 o'clock news. Maybe someone should have asked him why people are being robbed and broken into and harassed and every time either myself or anyone I've talked to calls the police we are told they don't have anyone to send out. His statement is false and he should be ashamed of himself.

Third trimester abortions?

We are a profoundly divided people. People of good will can fundamentally disagree. Of all of our public disagreements, none brings out the worst in people more quickly than the issue of abortion. The two camps hurl invective across party lines, each accusing the other of terrible things.

Bishop Daly does his job

I disagree with Ben Stuckart and Karen Stratton that Bishop Daly sent the wrong message. Sorry that Ben's feelings were hurt. Maybe if he attended Mass "regularly" he would understand the position of the Church and the sanctity of all life.

A troubling trend

As we continue to see the Democratic Party unabashedly espousing socialism, let's re-educate ourselves on what it really means. The Webster definition is "a political and economic theory of social organization which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole." Who would that "community" be, exactly? Government and academic elites in New York, California and Washington? Should we entrust our health care, manufacturing, research, free speech and way of life to them? Do they really know better than us on how to live our lives?

Shutdown-free options

Does anyone really want another government shutdown? A congressional committee has been tasked to negotiate an agreement on how to best secure our southern border. This committee is both bicameral (members from both houses of Congress) and bipartisan (having members from both major political parties).

Lucky to have Clarke

I feel so blessed to live in the same city as Bulldog Brandon Clarke. He is amazing. My wife shattered my mood by saying, "Clarke won't be here long." I blinked back my tears and told her, "Every day is a gift."

Editorials

Editorial: Lawmakers still want to keep secrets from Washingtonians

Wednesday’s weather provided a suitable backdrop for state lawmakers intent on passing a secrecy bill. Clouds hung low over Olympia, obscuring any sunshine, and snow statewide prevented people from attending a hearing about it held by the Senate State Government, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee. A year ago, the Legislature passed a bill exempting itself from the Public Records Act. Washingtonians responded with justified outrage, inundating the governor’s office with letters of opposition. Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed that bill, and lawmakers agreed to spend some time carefully studying the issue to identify a better approach.