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Guest opinion: Those payments to mistresses were unseemly, but that doesn’t mean they were illegal

If a candidate for public office decided to settle a private lawsuit to get it out of the news before Election Day, would that be a campaign expenditure? If a …


Guest opinion: Editorials defending the press are a nice start – here’s where to go next

Last Thursday, in a show of unity, hundreds of American newspapers published editorials celebrating the press as a pillar of American democracy and defending journalists against President Donald Trump’s attacks. …


Washington Post: Finally, a truer accounting of Maria’s toll

(Editor’s note: The following editorial appeared in Monday’s Washington Post). In July, the Puerto Rican government released a draft report that acknowledged what local organizations, independent studies and common sense …


Outside View: Clear-cutting forests won’t solve California’s wildfire problem

Now nearly everyone, it seems, is in favor of more “forest management” to reduce fuel for California’s record wildfires. But there is a big difference between clearing overgrown brush and …


Guest Opinion: Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke’s real scandals

The media risk getting the story of Ryan Zinke’s record as Interior secretary wrong. A recent Huffington Post article headlined “Stinky Zinke” describes a slimy trail of scandal Zinke has …


Guest Opinion: Spokane cannot afford the City Council’s energy mandate

In October 2017, a group of activists formed a “work group” to draft a proposal mandating that the City of Spokane source 100 percent of our energy from renewables by …


What would Jesus do? Clean house in the Catholic Church.

“Anyone who welcomes one little child like this in my name welcomes me,” said Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. “But anyone who is the downfall of one of these …


Guest Opinion: Let’s keep the trust between U.S. and Canada

The United States and Canada enjoy a largely free interchange of goods, capital and people between the two countries due to decades of cooperation and trust. Let’s work to keep …


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: With a stronger military and increased support for our veterans, people in Eastern Washington are Better Off Now

Two years ago, I made a promise alongside House Republicans to provide a better way for America’s future by focusing on pro-growth policies like tax cuts and regulatory relief to …


Sheriff Ben Wolfinger: ICE is doing its job: Enforcing our country’s laws

As the president of the Western States Sheriffs’ Association, I have the privilege of representing sheriffs from 16 states west of the Mississippi River on a variety of issues. One …


Mark Finney: Welcoming refugees is what made America great

Stories like Elise’s remind us that we must continue to stand for and with refugees and immigrants in our community, advocating for compassionate, common-sense policies.


Patti Harter: How to keep Medicare and Medicaid from going bankrupt

Bernie Sanders and other politicians have been complaining about the risk of Medicare and Medicaid going bankrupt. Concern for insolvency is certainly real. According to forbes.com, it’s expected that by …


Shannon: Paid sick leave policy ill-advised

Employers will cut jobs, hours or raise prices to offset additional costs.


Brown: Partnership balances Blue Mountains uses

Cooperation kept mill open, brought new investment, improved forest health.


Goldman: Nothing, nobody goes away forever

Everything and everyone lives on in “the cloud,” casting an eternal shadow.


Juel: A-to-Z Timber Sale a bad idea, and a bad model

Allowing company funded environmental reviews opens way to private control of national forests.


Sen. Chris Coons: Congress must pay for Mideast wars

Trillions spent, but no taxes imposed, giving every American but troops and their families no personal stake in the conflicts.


Neely: Make 2016 the Year of the Woman

Paid family leave would do much to bind infants to parents, and parents to their employers.


Joseph R. Mason: Open federal lands to energy development

Removing restrictions would boost GDP, increase jobs and revenues.


Jay Schwartz and Tom Soeldner: Public loses if water grab legislation passes

The latest water grab in Eastern Washington – S. 1694, now moving through Congress – has more holes than a wormy apple. S. 1694 would pump Lake Kachess, mostly for …


Eyal Winter: Candidates fan irrational fear of terrorism

Odds of death by so many other means are far more likely.


Drivers, not roads, key to safety

Drivers, not roads, key to safety You have an article in the Dec. 20 Spokesman-Review about recent fatalities on highways 195 and 26. We all should feel deep sympathy for …


Share, help others to commemorate Christmas

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 1964 Christmas message


Century Link drops ball

CenturyLink drops ball I agree with Ms. Dickelman and Cohen. I too discovered that CenturyLink’s lackadaisical approach to customer care and service went way beyond reproach. From the arduous task …


Female workers deserved better

Amid the furor and finger-pointing around sexual harassment and assault allegations involving former Spokane Chief of Police Frank Straub, one group seems to have been pushed to the sidelines: the …


Spokane family yearns for release of imprisoned father.

Journalist jailed, tortured in Uzbekistan for telling the truth.


Susan Hallett: Family history teaches lesson of bigotry, respect

Grandfather’s help rewarded decades late with formal visit, asparagus.


Ken Vanden Heuvel: Reform 1872 mining law to protect wilderness

Two proposed mines endanger pristine corner of Kootenai National Forest.


Ramesh Ponnuru: Gun control, mental health reform only do so much

benefits of changes would help but not solve violence problem.