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  • Future Is Yours For The Shaping

    Who says political science is boring? It may not seem much like science, but this fall’s campaigns at least have been entertaining. Here in Spokane, an out-of-town mall developer used …


  • Lake City Voters, Keep Incumbents

    Coeur d’Alene is better off today than it was four years ago. The city has reconstructed three major streets, tripled the money it spends on road repair, dramatically expanded the …


  • Here’s A Tax That’s Fair And Necessary

    If only there were some magic way to repair Spokane County’s blighted roads, widen the streets jam-packed with cars and build some new roads to relieve traffic. If only there …


  • Stadium Proposal Deserves Support

    The 1997 football season and Seattle seem far enough away that you may be tempted to vote against a proposal to build a new home for the Seattle Seahawks. Resist …


  • Craig Has Clout To Create Jobs

    If all things were equal, U.S. Sen. Larry Craig’s opponent would be a solid choice to represent Idaho. Democrat Walt Minnick is a self-made centrist millionaire with ties to timber, …


  • Bury The Coroner System

    If a member of your family dies in circumstances that may require an autopsy, you would want the situation handled with professional skill and sensitivity, wouldn’t you? On Nov. 5, …


  • Fire Levy Could Be Life-Or-Death Matter

    If Spokane Valley voters want to go after wasteful government agencies we can think of a few targets, but their fire department isn’t one of them. The Valley Fire Department …


  • Give Truant The Boot

    Even Chris Anderson, whose brazen conduct made reform necessary, supports the Spokane city charter amendment on the Nov. 5 ballot. It would deem a council member’s seat vacant after four …


  • Sheriffs Deserve To Be Re-Elected

    Nothing has happened since last spring to change our minds about our endorsements in three North Idaho sheriff’s races. The incumbents in Kootenai, Bonner and Shoshone counties have proven themselves …


  • Support Hunting Ethics

    You aren’t allowed to shoot animals in their cages at a zoo. You shouldn’t be permitted to use dogs or bait to kill animals in the wild just as easily. …


  • Tribal Gaming Is A Bad Bet

    Washington voters approved legalized gambling 24 years ago. At the time, few people were talking about slot machines or casinos or even a state lottery. They were talking about bingo. …


  • Vote ‘No’ On Term Limits

    Voters will see a “term-limits” initiative on the ballot Nov. 5. It’s called Initiative 670 in Washington and Proposition 4 in Idaho, and it’s essentially the same in both states. …


  • Bergeson Will Keep Schools Thriving

    The race for state Superintendent of Public Instruction is this simple: If you value schools and want to see them improved, vote for Terry Bergeson. That’s where this newspaper’s endorsement …


  • Don’t Tamper With Nuke Waste Pact

    Don’t blame yourself if you’re confused about Proposition 3, the initiative seeking to void Idaho’s nuclear waste agreement with the U.S. government. You’re not alone.


  • Johnson, Moe Deserving

    Voters have one easy choice and one tough choice in judicial races this year. Incumbent Charles W. Johnson faces Douglas Smith, a Snohomish County lawyer, for a seat on the …


  • Locke Is Sensible Pick For Governor

    Who’ll it be for Washington state governor? Ellen Craswell, fiscal conservative? Or Gary Locke, education advocate? It’s a tough call, because we don’t agree completely with either candidate. As a …


  • Elect A President Worthy Of Trust

    Four years ago, this newspaper endorsed Bill Clinton for president. We’re not going to do so again. We’re opting for substance over style this time.


  • Bergeson Best Shot For School Reform

    If there’s one thing all 11 candidates for state Superintendent of Public Instruction agree on, it’s that Washington schools are in crisis. But exactly how each of the candidates would …


  • Judicial Candidates Earn Endorsement

    Good news, voters. Most of the judicial candidates on the Sept. 17 ballot would be a credit to the bench. But there are exceptions. The Spokane County Superior Court race …


  • Strong Mayor Could Beat Up City

    Would you buy a used car without checking beneath the hood? How about a different form of city government? On Sept. 17, Spokane voters will decide whether to switch City …


  • Healthy Arteries Keep City Alive

    It’s no fun when the refrigerator burns out or the furnace dies. As consumer products go, they’re as dull as they are expensive. Yet a household can’t function without them. …


  • Jail Tax Misses The Big Picture

    An election in Spokane County would be incomplete without a jail issue on the ballot. Or so it seems from the past three years. True to form, this Tuesday’s general …


  • Sandpoint In Need Of Strong Leaders

    Sandpoint is at a crossroads. Struggling to keep the Festival at Sandpoint and improve its human-rights image, the city is faced with replacing its mayor and two-thirds of its council. …


  • Greene, Numbers, Barnes Best Bets

    What makes a city official into a community leader? It’s a tough question - one that comes to mind in the very tough choice between Jim Kolva and Roberta Greene …


  • Roskelley Best For Commissioner

    John Roskelley is not a politician. He will look you square in the eye, shake your hand with a grip strengthened on the world’s tallest peaks and tell you what …


  • Querna Earned Chance

    Spokane schools run smoothly in part because of people like Christie Querna. A tireless volunteer, Querna has spent the last 12 years making education better in Spokane - as a …


  • State A Big Loser In Gambling Plan

    The three Indian tribes behind Washington state Initiative 651 are trying to bribe and dupe voters into supporting unregulated gambling. They (the Spokane, Puyallup and Shoalwater Bay tribes) want you …


  • Pekelis, Rielly Judicial Standouts

    Rosselle Pekelis is just too good to pass up, voters. She belongs on Washington state’s highest court. Brilliant, down-to-earth, articulate, supported by police, revered as a judge, involved in the …


  • Overfishing Takes Its Toll On Salmon

    Here’s a fact you rarely hear from the Northwest’s environmental groups: When the first Columbia River dam was being constructed, salmon runs already had fallen to less than 20 percent …


  • Last Chance To Stop Destructive Initiative

    Correction: (Tuesday, October 24, 1995 B4) Sunday’s editorial criticizing Washington state Referendum 48 incorrectly described the question it poses to voters. In fact, this Nov. 7 ballot item will ask …

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