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Sunday, April 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Guest Opinions

Mary Lee McJimsey: Education’s focus should be on students’ needs, not ‘system’

Public policy on education issues tends to draw the most attention when it’s about specific tests or how much educators are paid to do their job. But if our system is assessed through the eyes of a student, our policy priorities shift. One in five Washington students will not graduate from high school. We owe it to our children, and to the social and economic health of our state, to pay more attention to what students need and less on what “the system” demands. There is good reason to believe we can get started today. The state legislature is currently considering “High School Success” policy proposals that are rooted in research and already working in districts that have been innovative enough to try something new. Also known as Freshman On-Track strategies, lawmakers should be urged to pass laws that implement these critical policies so they can begin working for Washington’s students.

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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Syndicated Columns & Other Voices

Kathleen Parker: It is finished

In the span of a few days, we’ve been joggled between the banal and the sublime, from Trump’s “I’m [effed]” upon learning of Robert Mueller’s assignment to the Russia investigation to the millions who prayed that centuries of beauty be spared by the flames.

Hugh Hewitt: What comes after the Mueller report

The theater of the absurd of the past three years has reached an end for President Trump, his family and campaign team. It is the beginning of the end for those who set the counterintelligence investigation in motion.


‘Green New Deal’ impractical

Part of the 'Green New Deal' is the abolishment of fossil fuels. Getting past the obvious need for oil and gas for energy, transportation and indoor climate control, I want you to take a look around ... how much of your life is made up of plastics? Your phone, car, packaging, clothing, toys, sporting goods, medical devices and countless other products.

Climate science, not pseudoscience

Maybe it's considered "editorial balance," but it's disappointing to see the Spokesman-Review provide a platform to pseudoscientific, conspiratorial arguments related to climate change.

Socialist education

I think today's college students are being sold a bill of goods at a hefty price. They go to school to get a degree so they can go out in the world and earn a living. Once they get to college they are met with a bunch of socialist professors who are living high on the hog in their socialist world funded 100% by capitalism. Their wealth comes from either taxpayers or mostly student's parents or the students themselves, both of whom are earning their money the hard way, working for it in a successful capitalist economy.

Treatment of service dogs

It has been a few months now since the "anti-fake service dog" city ordinance took effect. True, nobody likes an out-of-control dog. On the other hand, I am 100% disabled with TBI seizures (many active combat military get them, as well as full-contact athletes).

‘Unplanned’ tells it like it is

Your article on the showing of the movie "Unplanned" tells us that Planned Parenthood Spokesman, Paul Dillon states, "It's just trying to show shock and gore." Well, abortion is gory and shocking, as it is taking the life of an unborn child, often by dismembering and suction. There is no distorting those facts in service of an extreme agenda, as he states. It is a fact that Planned Parenthood aborts millions of babies a year, and I will never accept that this is okay.

Feathering nests

The front-page article in the April 7, 2019, edition of The Spokesman-Review poses the question "Do We Need a New Jail?" The well-researched article identifies that in June 2005 District Judge Whaley referred to the jail situation "as a crisis." In 2007, Sheriff Knezovich proposes we need a new facility (a jail). In 2008, the inmate population reaches an all-time high. I have to wonder how have we managed to get by these ten or more years given the well- defined problem.


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.