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July 22
  • Robert J. Samuelson: Budget’s hard truth ignored

    Page A11 The Congressional Budget Office last week issued one of its periodic long-term budget outlooks. Its themes are distressingly familiar. There is no balanced budget in sight. Under favorable assumptions, the … 38

  • Editorial: Congress’ highway fund fix lacks responsibility

    Page A11 The Spokane City Council may vote next week on a new “Rule of 80” that will put city pensions on a sounder financial footing. This week, Congress probably will adopt … 2

  • Killing dog inexcusable

    Page A11 Concerning the young Labrador fatally shot through the raised window of a parked van, and then referred to as a charging pit bull: Ridiculous! In my opinion, the officer destroyed … 7

  • Reasons for Pakootas

    Page A11 Why vote for Joe Pakootas for Congress? 89

  • Kudos for Kuney nod

    Page A11 Thank you for your excellent endorsement (July 18) of Mary Kuney for Spokane County treasurer. Your column was measured, balanced and rational in its evaluation of Kuney’s skill, experience and …

  • Class size matters

    Page A11 Initiative 1351 will appear on the November ballot. It calls for the following class sizes (to be phased in over four years): grades K-3; 15 to 17 students; grades 4-6, … 34

July 21
  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: GOP gets in its own way

    Page A9 So, Todd Akin is back and he’s talking rape again. You remember what happened last time. The would-be Missouri senator torpedoed his campaign two years ago after suggesting in a … 34

  • Rob Chase a public servant

    Page A9 Until recently, if you owed property taxes and couldn’t pay the whole bill at once, you were not allowed to make partial payment, resulting in fees and penalties in addition … 13

  • Shooting irresponsible

    Page A9 Concerning the Coeur d’Alene police officer who shot a dog in the owner’s car: 19

July 20
  • Editorial: Wilson best positioned to challenge McMorris Rodgers in 5th District

    Page B8 Cathy McMorris Rodgers is seeking her sixth term representing the 5th Congressional District. Although we are endorsing her candidacy in the Aug. 5 primary, we also recommend voters choose Independent … 54

  • Bert Caldwell: Columnist lineup changes on S-R Opinion pages

    Page B8 The lineup of columnists and cartoonists featured on The Spokesman-Review editorial pages has changed very little for at least three years. It will change a little more this week. 68

  • Catherine Rampell: Women a valuable asset at the polls

    Page B8 In their denouncements of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling, Hillary Clinton and other Democrats have been accused of pandering to single women — the so-called “Beyoncé voter” demographic, as … 3

  • Guest Opinion: Israeli-Arab conflict killing future of both

    Page B9 The latest round of bombings, rocket attacks, airstrikes – sparked in part by the abductions and killings of three Israeli teenagers and a Palestinian teen – make hope for peace … 5

  • Col. Brian Newberry: Spokane honors Fairchild AFB

    Page B9 As I leave command this week, I would be remiss to not salute Spokane and the Inland Northwest for the support given Fairchild Air Force Base airmen for over seven … 2

  • Johnson for commissioner

    Page B9 It is with extreme pleasure I endorse the candidacy of Mary Lou Johnson for Spokane County commissioner. As her campaign website says, a vote for Mary Lou is a vote … 4

  • The limits of liberty

    Page B9 Many people today make liberty their primary concern. It is indeed a serious matter. I do not find equal attention given to the meaning of “liberty” or “freedom.” If liberty … 171

  • Bring Bonnie back

    Page B9 Let’s bring Bonnie back. Your ballots are in the mail, and I hope you will join me in voting Bonnie Mager for Spokane County commissioner. Bonnie has 27 years working … 14

  • Remember the shutdown

    Page B9 Remember the government shutdown? Remember all the negative impacts to us, the average citizens? Remember that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was instrumental is causing the shutdown? Remember this when you … 99

  • Anyone but Cathy

    Page B9 Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has returned to the 5th Congressional District – in the form of TV ads that started the day before primary ballots go out. The polished ads, … 45

  • Re-elect Sheriff Ozzie

    Page B9 Sheriff Knezovich is one of the best sheriffs Spokane County has elected. Of the candidates, he is the only qualified leader. 10

July 19
  • Froma Harrop: Latest Obamacare lawsuit a dull rerun

    Page B4 On television, summer reruns are becoming a thing of the past. Noting a jump in demand for fresh entertainment in the hot months, TV execs are responding with original programming. … 44

  • Editorial: Johnson, French best District 3 county commission candidates

    Page B4 The District 3 county commission race is unsurprisingly contentious, because it features two candidates who tussled four years ago and still have little use for one another. Al French, a … 13

  • Charles Krauthammer: Hamas’ missiles offer flash of moral clarity

    Page B4 Israel accepts an Egyptian-proposed Gaza cease-fire; Hamas keeps firing. Hamas deliberately aims rockets at civilians; Israel painstakingly tries to avoid them, actually telephoning civilians in the area and dropping warning … 15

  • Guest opinion: Spokane Fire Department in urgent need of upgrade

    Page B5 The primary function and responsibility of municipal government is public safety. Keeping citizens safe and rescuing them from peril is the most important and highly valued service that our local … 15

  • Not shooting for peace

    Page B5 In reading Sheila Fox’s July 14 letter, I have only a couple of things to say. 61

  • No basis for claims

    Page B5 Is the editor of the letters desperate for submissions or simply negligent? 30

  • Dump Shea, pick Arritola

    Page B5 Josh Arritola is challenging Matt Shea in the 4th Legislative District. These are two Republicans who will not differ greatly in their voting but will represent the 4th dramatically differently. 222

  • Ex-Im bank fruitful

    Page B5 The controversy surrounding renewal of the U.S. Export-Import Bank is difficult to understand. The bank provides crucial export receivable insurance for a multitude of manufacturing businesses throughout the United States, … 5

  • People must demand change

    Page B5 If you live in Post Falls and drive 6 miles into Washington, you have just crossed the Great Divide. What an incredibly different political environment. You have left Idaho, in … 32

  • Chase for treasurer

    Page B5 The race for Spokane County treasurer has heated up, with candidates across the spectrum vying for the office. One candidate stands out for his integrity and hard work. That candidate … 1