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Editorial: Spokane never gave up on its transit dream

The Central City Line will be a testament to the perseverance of local, state and federal elected officials, not to mention the folks at the STA who never gave up.

UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 2:21 p.m.

Editorial: Washington needs doctors; funding delays are senseless

Lawmakers from Spokane and throughout the state should do what they can to support and expand WSU’s new medical school.

Editorial: Let Spokane manage park lands

A 30-year-old ballot measure hamstrings Spokane Park Board management plans by forbidding it from selling surplus property without asking voters for permission.

Editorial: Lawmakers still want to keep secrets from Washingtonians

Wednesday’s weather provided a suitable backdrop for state lawmakers intent on passing a secrecy bill. Clouds hung low over Olympia, obscuring any sunshine, and snow statewide prevented people from attending …

Editorial: A statewide plastic bag ban doesn’t make sense

There is no question that plastic bag bans are a trendy environmental cause. But as with many causes, the facts do not support the fervor.

Editorial: Four local levies to support and one to question

Four tax proposals on the Feb. 12 special election ballot deserve an enthusiastic “yes” from voters. But one, the city of Spokane’s levy request, should give voters pause.

Focus on issues in this session

This year, lawmakers in Olympia should knuckle down, focus on the core issues, and leave the divisive political ones dead in committees.

Editorial Endorsement: Idaho’s Prop 1 is a bad bet

Idaho is a devoutly free-enterprise state, yet voters there are being asked to change state law to prop up one industry: horse racing. Proposition 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot …

Editorial Endorsements: Holy, Volz and Graham for District 6

Voters in Washington’s 6th Legislative District have clear choices when they step into the ballot box. Jeff Holy, Mike Volz and Jenny Graham would best represent the region.

Editorial Endorsements: No on the carbon tax; yes on the grocery tax ban

Washington voters will find two tax measures on the ballot. They should reject new taxes that will hinder economic growth and every Washingtonian’s pocket book by voting no on a …

Return McMorris Rodgers to the House of Representatives

In Congress, experience equals power. Cathy McMorris Rodgers has that experience. She’s been a powerful representative for Eastern Washington and deserves re-election to an eighth term.

Editorial endorsements: Vote no on the gun initiatives

Two statewide initiatives on the November ballot ask Washingtonians to think about guns. I-940 would make it easier for prosecutors to pursue charges against police officers who shoot a suspect, …

Editorial Endorsements: Kuney and French for Spokane County commission

Among the candidates running for Spokane County commissioner are a relatively new commissioner and an experienced one. Mary Kuney in District 2 and Al French in District 3 deserve election …

Editorial endorsements: Return Riccelli and Ormsby to Olympia from the 3rd District

Central Spokane’s 3rd Legislative District encompasses some of the poorest neighborhoods in Washington. Its residents need representatives in the state House who have the skill, experience and influence to navigate …

Editorial endorsement: Vote for Spokane’s future: Yes on school and library bonds; north bank for the stadium

Spokane voters have an opportunity to transform their community for the better. A trio of local measures – school bonds, library bonds and a stadium referendum – will appear on …

Editorial endorsement: Vote for Maria Cantwell for U.S. Senate

Maria Cantwell has been a solid, hard-working, reasonable, pragmatic senator serving the interests of her constituents across Washington state since 2001. We support her as

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 10:13 p.m.

Trump officials cry ‘Not me’ as he fumes over NYT column

One after another, President Donald Trump’s top lieutenants stepped forward Thursday to declare, “Not me.”

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 5:50 p.m.

Man charged with making death threats over Trump editorials

A Los Angeles man upset about The Boston Globe’s coordinated editorial response to President Donald Trump’s attacks on the news media was arrested Thursday on charges he threatened to kill …

Editorial: The Spokesman-Review isn’t ‘the enemy of the people’

No American president, or any city council member, for that matter, has ever unreservedly delighted in the way he or she was presented in the press. “I so appreciate the …

Other Voices: Leaving more than 200 Washington State University students without beds is unacceptable

Washington State University will welcome its largest freshman class ever Wednesday, but students will be greeted with cramped rooms as the university struggles to meet its freshman live-in requirement.

Jeremy Field: 65 years of powering the American Dream: U.S. Small Business Administration celebrates 65 years

When President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Small Business Act on July 30, 1953, creating the U.S. Small Business Administration, little did he know the lasting impact the agency would …

Webb Scott Brown: DEQ’s Hecla decision stymies responsible economic development

Our family ranch near Trout Creek at one time included an old mine off the southern end of Goat Peak Ridge. The prospectors at the time never “struck it rich.” …

Editorial: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its …

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 8, 2017, 3:10 p.m.

Court papers show Manafort drafting op-ed under house arrest

Paul Manafort, the former chairman of Donald Trump’s campaign, was heavily involved in the drafting of an opinion piece on Ukrainian politics even while under house arrest, according to documents …

New York Times endorses Clinton for president

The New York Times endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, saying the Democrat’s “record of service and a raft of pragmatic ideas” represent the best choice to tackle the challenges the …

Blaine Stum: Destigmatize mental illness

For years I struggled to deal with or talk about my diagnosis. The term “mental illness” was something I could not bring myself to say. And starting therapy seemed like …

Veteran Venezuelan newspaper prints last edition amid crisis

A major regional newspaper that has survived dictatorship and hyperinflation during its 82-year run is printing its last edition as imported newsprint grows scarce in Venezuela’s crashing economy.

Gary Crooks: A call-out for more commentary from community

In the brave new world of Opinion, we need more input from you.

Christmas Day, more than any other, signifies dignity of all

Editor’s note: The following is the 1941 Christmas message from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Fellow workers for freedom:

Fast justice is best for small-time offenders

In many people’s minds, an ideal criminal justice system is one that locks lawbreakers up for as long as possible and makes them miserable in the meantime. In some hard-core …