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January 3
  • Befuddled by bashing

    Page A11 After reading Jim Barbieri’s letter to the editor, I realized I was completely befuddled. First he is talking about two crazy despots and then tries (weakly) to compare President Obama …

  • Consequences of fear

    Page A11 In October, here in Spokane, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told us the torture that she and the Bush administration approved wasn’t wrong or immoral because the Department of …

  • Corps wasting money

    Page A11 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commander recently said that if dredging is delayed another year, $2 million would be wasted because costs would increase.

  • I-594 just the start

    Page A11 Allen Wall (Dec. 5) suggests that I move to Idaho because of my outrage over the passage of Initiative 594, an overt assault on liberty here in the “People’s Republic …

  • Outsourcing failing U.S.

    Page A11 I guess repeated lies get traction with time. Once the nonsense is understood it is usually too late to correct the consequences of misinformation. Such was the case with “outsourcing” …

  • Blame misguided

    Page A11 Wow, it’s hard to imagine how upset Jim Barbieri (“Obama has weakened America,” Dec. 28) would be with this president if unemployment was above 8 percent, if affordable health insurance …

  • Obama out of bounds

    Page A11 I was in shock the other day when I read that President Obama forced a couple, on the most special day of their lives, to relocate their wedding ceremony on …

January 2
  • Editorial: Obesity shouldn’t be accommodated by ADA

    Page A9 This editorial from the Chicago Tribune does not necessarily reflect the views of The Spokesman-Review editorial board. This time of year, endless opportunities to overindulge can test the willpower of …

  • Amy Goodman: Smoke screen of doubt has deadly consequences

    Page A9 It has been just over 50 years since U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry released the groundbreaking report, “Smoking and Health.” The report concluded, “Cigarette smoking is a health hazard of …

  • Charge for studded tires

    Page A9 Ah, the advent of winter weather. It inevitably brings with it another discussion about studded tires. I am aware, and have been for years, that they do damage to the …

  • Torture comments unpatriotic

    Page A9 Pete Scobby, “Land of the scared (Dec. 20)” does not have his facts straight. He’s a John Wayne World War II fan? He’d be horrified that at times our CIA …

January 1
  • Editorial: Headlines we’re hoping for in 2015

    Page A13 Last year at this time, we looked ahead. Well, our crystal ball needs polishing. We said Washington voters would pass both gun-related initiatives, but they turned out to be more … 1

  • Dana Milbank: Get Slacktivists off the couch

    Page A13 I wanted to do something for my country during the holidays, so I went to the movies. I watched the Christmas Day opening of “The Interview,” to show North Korea …

  • Jefferson rebuked party loyalty

    Page A13 In 1787, Thomas Jefferson wrote that voting for any candidate merely because of shared political party affiliation was an “addiction that is the degradation of a free and moral agent.” …

  • Older than Christianity

    Page A13 A Dec. 25 letter from Douglas Bacon bemoans the secularization and commercialization of Christmas, and says we’d have no holidays without Christianity. I have some sympathy for his position but …

  • Buying a bazooka

    Page A13 At the Olympia pro-gun rights rally staged at the state Capitol recently, event organizer and constitutionalist Gavin Seim of Ephrata promoted the idea that if you want a bazooka, buy …

December 31
  • Trudy Rubin: Christian refugees need our help

    Page A11 On Christmas Day in 2008, I attended early morning Mass at the Al Qaleb Al Aqdas (Sacred Heart) Church, in the Karrada district of Baghdad. Although Christians had already become …

  • Editorial: Washington clean water standards would work

    Page A11 While Washington lawmakers and Gov. Jay Inslee have been preparing for a grueling legislative calendar, the Department of Ecology has been engaged with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in a …

  • Ignore the sign

    Page A11 A sign outside Planned Parenthood, 123 E. Indiana Ave., when protesters are present reads, “Please do not stop in the driveway and talk to the protesters. They are not affiliated …

  • Study roots of legends

    Page A11 To start with, the assumption that the holiday festivities of Christmas would not exist without Christians (Douglas Bacon’s Dec. 25 letter) is not only incorrect, it is misleading.

  • Delavan dismissal dismaying

    Page A11 I’ve been at a loss of words and dismayed, as have so many others, at news of the bizarre dismissal of Greg Delavan from his post at the Coeur d’Alene …

December 30
  • Robert J. Samuelson: Middle class faces a crisis of faith

    Page A9 What is curious about the present understandable preoccupation with the middle class is the assumption both explicit and implicit – that the system is “rigged” (to use Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s …

  • Editorial: Technology cost part of transparent government

    Page A9 The governor’s budget bears good tidings for the folks wanting to sway political outcomes without drawing too much attention, and bad news for those who want a better system for … 8

  • No shirts, no shoes, no hats

    Page A9 Kudos to John Tuft for his Dec. 20 letter, “No hats at meals.” We have said the same thing so many times. It is not only the younger generation that …

  • Kill wolves on private land

    Page A9 Regarding Ron Reed’s Dec. 13 op-ed: It is obvious he has never had to depend upon raising or selling cattle to make a living. I do believe that wolves play …

  • Fairy tales feed wolf fears

    Page A9 The wolf haters who paid to display those ridiculous billboards around Spokane that depict wolves as vicious killers must think the people of the Northwest are really stupid. It is …

December 29
  • Jay Ambrose: Reform needs bipartisan push

    Page A7 In this holiday season, let’s suppose what might strike some as a miracle, that our Democratic president and a Republican Congress will soon join forces to do something wondrously humane. …

  • Letting military down

    Page A7 I am constantly gratified by the outpouring of support for our veterans and active-duty military personnel, but at the same time I am concerned with congressional actions that undermine them. …

  • Calls for killing cops insane

    Page A7 Upside-down world: Just a few short years ago, people were wearing “NYPD” hats and shirts honoring the bravery and heroism of the New York police force. Now there is a …

  • Clicking tires irritating

    Page A7 As I go about my life and hear the “click, click, click” of studded tires on clear and mostly dry streets, I hope those who dutifully put on their studded …