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Tuesday, May 21, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Lawrence B. A. Hatter: Canada must honor indigenous rights

The so-called “Jay Treaty” of 1794 is having unintended consequences on indigenous, transnational communities of the Pacific Northwest more than two centuries later.

Hillarie Hagen: Idaho Medicaid expansion will not be delayed

Join me in spreading the word about how health coverage can lift up Idaho families and our economies and make sure your friends and neighbors in the gap know to …

Matt Nykiel: Overwhelming majority support an EIS for rail proposal

More than 2,660 people submitted comments overwhelmingly in support of an Environmental Impact Statement to more closely analyze BNSF Railway’s proposed second rail bridge over Lake Pend Oreille.

Marci Green: Debate on Snake River dams has run its course

It’s time for Gov. Inslee and the Washington state Legislature to recognize the conversation around removing the lower Snake River dams has run its course.

A question of balance: Working together on wolves

Regardless of our cultural identity –rancher, hunter, wildlife advocate or a multicultural cross-pollination of all – we must come together. We all care about the heritage of the West.

Anne Hazlett and Kirk Pearson: Defeating the drug crisis in rural America: Building healthy communities in Washington

From Washington to Maine, our country is in the midst of a drug crisis. To help local leaders build a bright and healthy future, the Trump administration has deployed an …

Clarence Page: Facebook is right to boot abusers such as Farrakhan, Jones and Yiannopoulos

Facebook has permanently banned several hate-spewing firebrands, including Chicago-based Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan, Infowars host Alex Jones and former Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos, for being extremist …

Eric B. Rux: Laptops give our students 21st-century learning

Riverside School District has moved from technology simply being something students learn in a specialized computer lab to schools that infuse technology in every classroom on a daily basis.

Dr. Lisa Brown: State investments must strengthen communities

Our focus at the Washington Department of Commerce is opening doors and making connections that help every community reach its full potential, on its own terms.

Anna Waltar: Spokane foster families provide hope and new homes for unaccompanied refugee minors

May is National Foster Care Month, and we at Lutheran Community Services Northwest want to give a special shout-out to all our foster parents who have stepped up to welcome …

Wanda Keefer: Salmon, dams: We need both

Removing the Snake River dams would impact everyone, in a variety of ways. The biggest threat to salmon today is climate change.

Chris Vogel:

70 million years ago, the Dishman Hills granite cooled upon this earth. Last Monday, a bulldozer, front loader and excavator erased timeless sections of that immortal granite to create a …

Tina Podlodowski: Washington GOP has many reasons to oust Shea

If they aren’t already, Washington state’s Republicans should be on daily conference calls discussing what to do about Matt Shea.

Renée Sunde: Raising costs on health care products will not solve opioid crisis

SB 5988, presumably designed to address the opioid epidemic, completely misfires at the root causes of the problem, and it threatens to increase health care and prescription drug costs across …

Martín Meráz García: The future of EWU as a Hispanic-serving institution is critical to its success

Eastern Washington University is taking the lead in exploring best practices on how to serve its growing Hispanic student population

William Barr is cornered by Bob Mueller

During a congressional hearing on April 9, Rep. Charlie Crist, a Florida Democrat, asked Attorney General William Barr if he knew why Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators were reportedly upset …

UPDATED: Thu., May 2, 2019, 10:22 p.m.

Guest Opinion: Cause and effect in action

We call for Representative Matt Shea to cease posting and sharing links to sites that promote religious or racial intolerance and hatred.

Organ donations are literally the gift of life and healing

In honor of National Donate Life Month, and my second chance at life, I ask you to consider your role in this lifesaving and healing journey.

Heather Moss: Our agency is committed to supporting child-care providers

While parents are choosing what type of provider, program and setting will meet their child’s needs, the Department of Children, Youth, and Families is making sure that ALL Washington children …

Mary Lee McJimsey: Education’s focus should be on students’ needs, not ‘system’

We owe it to our children, and to the social and economic health of our state, to pay more attention to what students need and less on what “the system” …

Wally Watson: Olympia is limiting our ability to support our own children’s education

The state’s levy restrictions went too far, and now districts in Eastern Washington are facing budget cuts. There are solutions, but senators such as Schoesler and Holy apparently are opposed.

Janis Avery: Investing in young adults who’ve experienced foster care

All of those years ago, Treehouse saw my potential and invested in me, just like we do for more than 7,000 kids and youth in foster care every year.

Sen. Mark Schoesler: Don’t blame Legislature for school districts’ budget problems

If Spokesman-Review readers saw last week’s story (“Spokane schools issues 325 layoff notices amid budget shortfall”), they understandably would have questions, and might conclude the Legislature caused the $31 million …

Guest opinion: City’s decision on bus pullouts benefits Sprague, drivers, neighborhood

On Thursday, the Spokane Transit Authority will vote on the City of Spokane’s decision to make East Sprague’s bus stops more commuter- and business-friendly. As current and former presidents of …

Mikayla Fox: Teachers are worth much more than test scores

325. That is the number of staff members within just Spokane Public Schools who were told on Wednesday that they were being laid off. I am a freshman at North …

Daniel Dawson: Parents must be informed on – and trusted with – vaccination decisions

It is self-evident that a child’s parent (primary care giver) is in the best position to observe their child’s behavior and make informed decisions for their health.

Dr. Bob Lutz: Vaccinations are effective, and vital to community health

If we are to have a healthy community, we need to acknowledge the interdependence of all, not the independence of some.

Hilary Franz and Suzy Dix: Bold plan for wildfire response, forest health is needed

Wildfires are increasingly part of our experience in Washington state, with smoke choking our lungs and flames damaging our landscapes, homes and vehicles. At one point last summer, wildfire smoke …

UPDATED: Sat., April 13, 2019, 4:05 p.m.

Kurtis S. Robinson: HEAL Act targets health disparities

I am urging Washington state’s House of Representatives to vote “yes” to environmental justice and pass the HEAL Act, in order to ensure healthy environments for ALL.

Laura Hitchcock: Education of students with disabilities should not depend upon ZIP code

Washington needs a meaningful solution with a robust state investment that provides students with disabilities the resources they need to access their basic education, regardless of where they attend school.