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Tuesday, April 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Guest Opinions

Sen. Mark Schoesler: Don’t blame Legislature for school districts’ budget problems

If Spokesman-Review readers saw last week’s story (“Spokane schools issues 325 layoff notices amid budget shortfall”), they understandably would have questions, and might conclude the Legislature caused the $31 million deficit being predicted for next year by Spokane Public Schools. But there is more to this issue. People should be aware of the factors that school districts and education unions aren’t mentioning when claiming to be in financial trouble.

Guest opinion: City’s decision on bus pullouts benefits Sprague, drivers, neighborhood

On Thursday, the Spokane Transit Authority will vote on the City of Spokane’s decision to make East Sprague’s bus stops more commuter- and business-friendly. As current and former presidents of the East Spokane Business Association, we stand behind the City’s decision to have buses pull out of the lane of traffic when loading and unloading passengers.

Mikayla Fox: Teachers are worth much more than test scores

325. That is the number of staff members within just Spokane Public Schools who were told on Wednesday that they were being laid off. I am a freshman at North Central High School, and just because I am not a teacher doesn’t mean this does not affect me as well. When one of my teachers told us that she would be let go at the end of the year, the class immediately burst into tears. Not a dry eye was in the room. Our minds went back to all of the fun times we had in that class. All the lessons we learned, the games we played, and the laughs we shared.

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Joe Heller

Syndicated Columns & Other Voices


Who are the fascists?

Where does Ms. Paul come up with her idea that Trump is a fascist dictator? ("Fascist movement forming in U.S.," April 13) The despicable acts of fascist Germany and Italy are set in stone, and if we don't learn from their mistakes we are doomed as a free nation to repeat them.

There are solutions

A recent opinion asked for feasible ideas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming is contained in the book "Drawdown" by Paul Hawken. It contains 80 commonly available, economically viable, scientifically valid no-regret solutions with relatively short payback periods. Estimated worldwide cost for all 80 solutions: $27 trillion; estimated savings: $74 trillion.

Allow parents to decide

In response to Daniel Dawson's editorial ("Parents must be informed - and trusted"), thank you! What great parents you and your wife are!

They all use our money

There were two letters to the editor on April 13, criticizing Governor Inslee for using Washington State Patrol services to keep him safe while he promotes his bid for presidency. These were both concerning the money spent by taxpayers for political purposes.

Inslee’s message is vital

I wonder if Arron Thompson ("Inslee's run on our dime") and David Haderlie ("I don't believe my lying eyes!") bothered to watch Governor Inslee's CNN town hall or any of his interviews on MSNBC before they went off on their hateful tirade in their letters to the editor on April 13. I fail to see how anyone who listens to Jay Inslee could be anything but proud to be a Washingtonian and proud to have him representing us.

Remember this session

This disappointing legislative session is over. Instead of forgetting like we usually do, we must remember this enormous disappointment the majority of us who supported a full Medicaid expansion felt. Republicans spent the session not only trying to limit the expansion, which they did and Governor Little approved, but then tried to kneecap the initiative process we used to try to help others.


Editorial: Billig’s reversal a welcome win for all

Andy Billig must have stepped outside his office in Olympia and noticed that the title on the door identifies him as the majority leader of the Washington Senate, not as a bicycle transportation planner for his home city of Spokane.