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Wednesday, March 20, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Pay Them To Teach

Believe it or not, 47 percent of Washington state’s budget customarily escapes the Legislature’s close scrutiny. Why? Because it funds the public schools. Because teacher unions, until this year, were …


Hitting Close To Home This Abuse Can, Must Be Stopped

It is not politically correct to blame the victims of battering for their fate. To ask: “Why don’t they just leave?” But our society must stop coddling victims by blaming …


Swats, Whacks Won’t Make Dent In Violence Anti-Flogging Spanking Common, Not Effective

Mississippi just plain has it backward. Crime won’t stop with a good spanking. Instead, a growing body of evidence suggests spanking actually may increase the chance of violent behavior and, …


A Hard Hand Now May Save Hard Crime Later Pro-Flogging Make Life Of Crime A Painful Choice

Punks have taken control of our streets because we’ve become a nation of patsies. We shake our fists at soft judges who spank hands rather than butts and then fret …


Lowry Investigator Suffers A Fatal Flaw

Normally, Seattle attorney Mary Alice Theiler would be an ideal investigator of sexual harassment allegations against Washington Gov. Mike Lowry. The credentials of the former King County Bar Association president …


Law Should Help Parents And Kids

No one can say whether Rebecca Hedman still would be alive if it had been illegal when she first ran away from home. But maybe. Maybe she would have been …


Tax Plan Means Wealth, Not Welfare

Communities around the world would kill to land Micron’s $1.3 billion expansion plant. The project promises more than 3,000 jobs and some $29 million in annual tax revenue. But in …


Teens Have A Lot To Offer Society

Teen power is all around us. Adults just need to look past the stereotypes that all teens are surly, sinister, manipulative, irresponsible, dangerous. Look beyond the stereotypes and adults will …


Sta Offers Some Expensive Lessons

Not long ago, the Spokane Transit Authority earned some praise for cost containment, responsiveness and good planning. Today, those gold stars are looking a bit tarnished. Italian tile will do …


Federal Officials, Stop, Look, Listen

The U.S. Forest Service traditionally has used road closures to protect endangered animals such as the grizzly. But that approach doesn’t work completely.


Helmet Laws Are Public’s Business

The motorcycle enthusiasts who want Washington state’s motorcycle helmet law repealed, and the 20-plus Washington state legislators sponsoring the House bill to do just that, should spend some time with …


Careful Surgery Will Save Reforms

Washington state’s health care reform law is going to be changed. It should be changed. But it shouldn’t simply be repealed. Repeal would mean a return to the, uh, good …


It’s Time To Find Common Ground

Baby Think It Over is a doll that mimics a real baby. It cries every three hours, all hours of the day and night. High school students, trying to learn …


Wildlife Wins Batt’s Misplaced Battle

Idaho Gov. Phil Batt has shown already that he’s decisive, tightfisted, and has a clear vision for where state government should go. On Friday, Batt revealed another important leadership trait. …


Playfair On Unfair Ground In Turf War

The Washington Horse Racing Commission should change its name. Something like Western Washington Horse Racing Protection Club would be more appropriate. The two West Side representatives on the three-member commission …


Erickson Brings Hope To Seahawks

The prodigal son returns. And downtrodden Seattle Seahawks fans are singing the hallelujah chorus - with the possible exception of a few Washington State University spoilsports who still are miffed …


Batt’s Bane Wasted Money, Wasted Time

A scene from Sea-Tac airport early in Phil Batt’s long-shot 1994 campaign foreshadowed the kind of Idaho governor he’d be. He and his wife, Jacque, were waiting in line for …


Gonna Dance? You Have To Pay Fiddler

The people have spoken: We hate government. Cut it back. We hate taxes. Cut them, too. We hate city life. We’re headed for the country, where the government won’t bug …


Secret Meetings For Public Decisions

Who’s in charge of Washington state government? The newly elected legislators, soon to unpack their bags in Olympia? The voters who sent them there? Neither. The real power increasingly has …


Gop Knows That Education Works

When Democrats dominated Washington’s Legislature, it was social programs that fought education for funding. Now that Republicans dominate, the coming budget battle may pit education against prisons. In the Democratic …