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Guest Opinion: What’s love got to do with it?

What do the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day have in common? Well, they’re both in the month of February (this year) and …anecdotally, they’re also days when rates of domestic violence (DV) increase. Amid the hubbub of the big game and the romantic holiday, one can be easily lulled into believing DV is a rare or a far-away occurrence, but we need to recognize we have a significant problem in our own backyard. Domestic violence in Spokane, just like in many U.S. cities, is a public health crisis. On average, 3,300 domestic violence victims are identified annually in Spokane County. In one year, domestic violence in Spokane resulted in $6.7 million in hospital charges and constituted one-quarter of all criminal cases. Two thousand children were either witnesses or victims of DV in Spokane County between 2016 and 2017.

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Clay Bennett

Syndicated Columns & Other Voices


Impeach Empress Pelosi

I believe I learned in school that the 435 members of the House of Representatives were elected to represent the voters in their districts. Members of both parties should be reaching across the aisle to negotiate with the opposite party to reach a consensus on matters of importance to the citizens whom they represent.

Studded tires work

This letter is written in response to Rep. Cindy Ryu bill to place $100 fee on each studded tire ("Ban studded tires?" Getting There, Feb. 4).

Ban Big Pharma ads

After it was determined that cigarettes are a significant threat to human health, advertising by the tobacco industry on the public airways was finally banned in 1970. I believe a similar argument could be made regarding prescription drugs.

Should CMR resign?

Concerning the article in The Spokesman-Review on Feb. 4, "Virginia governor should resign over blackface row," Cathy McMorris Rodgers needs to get her priorities straight or possibly she should consider resigning.

Clean, local Idaho energy

As the president continues to deny global climate change, I was pleased to hear Gov. Brad Little say in a recent speech that there is no question that climate change is happening, and we've got to reverse it. I am glad leadership in Idaho acknowledges climate change, and I believe that addressing climate change through our energy sources could help while also benefiting our state economy.

Immorally wealthy

The possession of a billion or more dollars by an individual or a small family is an abomination. It is not something to be celebrated, sought after or preserved. That such "privileged" individuals control such resources is immoral and unfounded on the principles of a just, compassionate and merciful community of human beings.