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September 2
  • Editorial: Advocates for aquifer adjudication needed in Washington

    Page A9 U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was in Boise last week praising Idaho’s successful adjudication of Snake River water rights, the largest adjudication ever completed. Adjudication of Idaho’s claims on …

  • Robert J. Samuelson: Post-recession labor markets’ future unclear

    Page A9 Another Labor Day over, and the question remains whether and when America gets a pay raise. Ever since the 2008-09 financial crisis, the job market has been in a state …

  • ER wait times matter

    Page A9 I disagree that advertising short emergency room wait times sends the wrong message (Aug. 29 editorial). There are reasons other than the objectives of the Affordable Care Act to advertise …

  • STA Plaza is valuable

    Page A9 The Spokane Transit Authority is giving the city a necessary and desirable service, and I hope the plaza will stay where it is, with or without the proposed changes.

  • Divided government works

    Page A9 The Spokesman-Review’s Aug. 24 editorial implied that divided government is bad. I disagree. The collegiality between House and Senate has disappeared, and it is dysfunctional. In my lifetime, I think …

September 1
  • A girl, an Uzi: only in America

    Page A9 Sometimes you read a sentence and you think to yourself: only here, only us. Here’s one such sentence.

  • Wilson nailed the problem

    Page A9 I just read the Aug. 24 guest opinion by Dave Wilson. I felt that it is so true. Not just in Congress, but in our daily lives. The few radicals …

  • Disasters and charity

    Page A9 It’s true, some of the homes at risk during these forest conflagrations are year-round residences. But they’re built in rural locations, where folks, by and large, choose to live. That’s …

August 31
  • Catherine Rampell: STEM intervention must start early

    Page B10 Tech companies are finally spilling some of their most sought-after secrets. No, not related to their R&D. I’m referring instead to other tightly guarded information they once declared “trade secrets”: …

  • Editorial: Give pot laws chance to prove their worth

    Page B10 In a closely watched court case, a local ban on marijuana commerce was upheld and a larger threat to the voter-approved state law was averted – for now. On Friday, … 3

  • Smart Bombs: Obama bashing isn’t cheap

    Page B10 Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has on his desk – or, perhaps, a dusty shelf – a couple of reports that scream “take the Medicaid expansion!” Other Republican governors do, too, …

  • Ann McFeatters: U.S. Export-Import Bank may be new political battleground

    Page B11 The excitement is building. Only a few more weeks until the long-awaited mid-term elections, which Republicans hope will mean they take over the Senate and smite President Barack Obama even …

  • The Rev. Debra Conklin: Apprenticeship ordinance should win city OK

    Page B11 On Labor Day, the Spokane Alliance salutes a century of progress for American workers, including the five-day workweek, collective bargaining rights and better workplace safety. But much remains to be …

  • Stratton a good choice for council

    Page B11 Congratulations to Karen Stratton on becoming a member of the Spokane City Council, and to the current members for excellent judgment in their choice.

  • Plaza is well-situated

    Page B11 Tom Durst (Aug. 25) wrote, “The problems around the Plaza … are intrinsic to downtown. …”

  • Testing not a catch-all

    Page B11 An article in the Aug. 23 Valley Voice let me know that I would be receiving a letter notifying me that my daughter’s school is “failing.” As educators argue, of …

  • Some vet claims suspect

    Page B11 I was pleased and surprised to read Merrick Meinhold’s Aug. 24 letter regarding the high percentage of Iraq and Afghan vets claiming and receiving benefits from Uncle Sam. Meinhold is …

  • Where is compassion?

    Page B11 I am glad that the Coeur d’Alene police officer who shot the dog while doing the vehicle search/investigation was not physically injured by the dog that most probably presented him …

  • Tears of a clown

    Page B11 I was looking at one of Red Skelton’s oil clown paintings the other day, and if you look close enough, you could see the tears of the clown just under …

August 30
  • Labor costs should be on USPS reform list

    Page B4 This editorial from the Orange County Register does not necessarily reflect the view of The Spokesman-Review editorial board. There is even more bad financial news for the U.S. Postal Service, …

  • Krauthammer: Tax reform would end inversion

    Page B4 WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is highly exercised about inversion, the practice by which an American corporation acquires a foreign company and moves its headquarters out of the U.S. to …

  • Froma Harrop: Airlines tighten budgets, Americans feel the squeeze

    Page B4 Americans are in the dumps about their future. What does that have to do with legroom in economy class? Everything. The middle class sees its stature shrinking in the global …

  • I-1351 gives children better education

    Page B5 Here’s a fact that should embarrass anyone who calls Washington home: Our state ranks 47th out of 50 states in terms of class size. Put another way, we crowd more …

  • Hobby Lobby is right

    Page B5 The credibility of the press as a purveyor of reliable, accurate information is compromised by the practice of referring to abortifacients (i.e. drugs and/or devices that induce abortions of living …

  • Abandoning the dream

    Page B5 Evil must be identified and confronted, if it is to be stopped. Any so-called civil rights leader who has stoked the ongoing insurrection in Ferguson, Missouri, has revealed their true …

  • Move on immigration reform

    Page B5 We need to lower the volume on the political rhetoric and take a clear-eyed look at passing sensible immigration reform measures. The current system only benefits the cartels who take …

  • For background checks

    Page B5 As a registered nurse, I have both a professional and personal interest in the health and safety of our community. So I already had planned on voting “yes” on Initiative …

  • Two-state solution in Mideast

    Page B5 Don’t all good people want a solution bringing peace and justice to end the long-running Arab-Israeli conflict? Wouldn’t that be the two-state solution: a Jewish state (Israel) and an Arab …

  • McMorris Rodgers gets vote

    Page B5 Recent letters, including one from Linda McHenry (Aug. 21), have been critical of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ stance and voting record on key social and legislative issues.

  • Too many terms

    Page B5 I don’t remember how many terms former Speaker of the House Tom Foley was in, but George Nethercutt said they should serve no more than three. So, they ousted Foley …