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February 20
  • Debate denied on bond

    Page A13 Sean Dotson, Cheney School District associate superintendent, was quoted in The Spokesman-Review on Feb. 12, saying, “If we don’t pass it, we will have to reach out and educate about …

  • Not all opinions matter

    Page A13 We should stop pretending that everyone’s opinion matters.

  • Academy too timid

    Page A13 The Academy of Motion Picture and Sciences does not have the temerity to give the best picture of the year award to “American Sniper.”

February 19
  • Dana Milbank: Road to female presidency paved in testosterone

    Page A11 The 2016 campaign has acquired an unexpected storyline in its early stages: All Madam President’s Men. As Hillary Clinton begins to staff her nascent presidential campaign, a paradox has emerged. …

  • Editorial: Idaho should give funds, power back to schools

    Page A11 The Idaho Legislature began slashing education funding in 2009, but it did set aside money to establish the Idaho Education Network, a plan to link all high schools to broadband … 2

  • Why elect Fagan?

    Page A11 Reading with disbelief Mike Fagan’s remarks about immunizations and whether they’re needed or not, I can only shake my head in wonder that he has been elected to represent the …

  • Make gas tax fair

    Page A11 Washington’s gas tax is 37.5 cents per gallon, the ninth-highest in the nation. Just because gas prices have dropped recently doesn’t mean they will not go back up in the …

  • Rich steer city’s future

    Page A11 Jan Quintrall, a political appointee, was placed in charge of about 240 people in the city’s Engineering Services, Permits and Planning departments. She had no engineering degree or engineering background. …

  • Extend payroll tax on rich

    Page A11 On Feb. 10, the top 1 percent of income earners in America stopped paying into Social Security. This is because, right now, only the first $118,500 of a wage earner’s …

February 18
  • Editorial: Presidential primary might give Washington voice

    Page A13 Washington canceled its presidential primaries in 2004 and 2012 to save money and avoid the embarrassment of counting votes that would have little or no bearing on which presidential candidates … 3

  • Foreign policy key issue in 2016

    Page A13 Most presidential campaigns focus mostly on domestic issues such as the economy, taxes and health care, not foreign policy. But the 2016 presidential campaign is already shaping up to be …

  • Leave teens alone, Baumgartner

    Page A13 On Feb. 4, Senate Labor and Commerce Committee Chairman Mike Baumgartner proposed lowering wages for our working teenagers. Claiming that one size fits all hurts teens, he wants to drop …

  • Common Core column trash

    Page A13 Recently, I’ve heard disturbing changes to Common Core. Therefore, when I saw your Jan. 31 column, “Common Core: Here’s a primer,” by Ann McFeatters, I jumped in with both feet …

  • Test drive Inslee’s plan

    Page A13 I disagree with your Feb. 2 editorial. Just because it hasn’t been done before doesn’t mean that Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan to help fund transportation with a price on carbon …

February 17
  • Editorial: Voters should decide if I-1351 is worth their money

    Page A9 Budget writers from both parties in Olympia are considering whether to send Initiative 1351 back to the voters with a question: Are you willing to tax yourselves to achieve smaller … 2

  • Robert J. Samuelson: Weigh the worth of creative destruction

    Page A9 We are not getting our money’s worth from “creative destruction.” For history buffs, the phrase will be familiar. Coined by Joseph Schumpeter (1883-1950) – one of the 20th century’s towering …

  • Fagan should keep quiet

    Page A9 I’m writing regarding the story in the Feb. 10 Spokesman-Review regarding Councilman Mike Fagan’s opinion on vaccinations.

  • Plenty of meeting sites

    Page A9 Regarding city employees spending tax dollars on meetings and food: Rather than spend taxpayer money to conduct meetings at the Spokane Club or in restaurants, Spokane city employees could conduct …

  • Where is God?

    Page A9 With all the press God has been getting lately in The Spokesman-Review (Pastor John Weston, Russell Wilson, Jim Berg), regarding his presumed interest in professional football, maybe we should be …

  • Try non-lethal deterrence

    Page A9 Gov. Butch Otter spent $143,000 to kill 31 predating wolves involved in 75 attacks on livestock, and is asking for more. This seems to be a huge drain on Idaho …

February 16
  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: History will judge Alabama bigotry

    Page A11 In June, it will be 52 years since George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door. It happened at the University of Alabama, where two African-American students, Vivian Malone and James …

  • No qualifications needed

    Page A11 It is very gratifying to read recent Spokesman-Review discussions of Spokane City Council matters. It is apparent that we are very fortunate to live in a city in which the …

  • Treat sovereignty consistently

    Page A11 As the fighting between the Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian army is escalating, U.S. and European leaders highlight the inviolability of sovereignty and territorial integrity of U.N. member states. During …

February 15
  • Kathleen Parker: Trust a valuable thing to squander

    Page B8 These are tough times for NBC’s Brian Williams – and tougher times for journalism. The NBC newsman was suspended Tuesday night for six months amid charges that he misremembered or …

  • Smart Bombs: Big Vitamin flexes its muscle

    Page B8 As a mainstream media guy, I realize that what I’m about to say will be instantly suspect among dwellers of the alternative universe. We’ve all met the enlightened people who … 7

  • Editorial: Senators’ state transportation package a good start

    Page B8 The $15 billion transportation package proposed last week by a bipartisan group of senators would go a long way toward addressing the sorry state of Washington’s roads, railroads and mass … 3

  • Cheryl Kilday: It’s important to re-establish state’s tourism story

    Page B9 Here are a few facts about Washington that not everyone knows. Tourism is the fourth-largest industry in our state.

  • Remove Fagan from board

    Page B9 The response to the current measles outbreak is once again highlighting the misinformation and fear that is spread by people who ignore the scientific data proving that immunizations are both …

  • Fagan pro-choice?

    Page B9 It is interesting to note that those against vaccination – Mike Fagan and others – can now be firmly considered “pro-choice.”

  • Turn to experts

    Page B9 I am surprised and disappointed that The Spokesman-Review would give front-page space to Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan’s uninformed opinions on vaccinations. It only serves to perpetuate the many untruths …