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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: We must fix our government’s spending problem

In September, Congress passed a bipartisan bill to fund much of the government to the tune of $854 billion. I voted for it in order to avert a partial government …


Lisa Brown: Walking the Walk: Creating budgets and tax policies that help Eastern Washington

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Congress and the president have blown up the national deficit in a series of spending bills and tax cuts that no credible …


Karen Hardy: We need leaders who will fight for our health

I believe our state must defend and improve the consumer protections of the Affordble Care Act, not destroy them.


Susan Ripley: Prop. 2 will benefit thousands, save many

On Nov. 6, Idahoans have a chance to correct a situation that has imperiled thousands of Idahoans. The general election will give voters the opportunity to vote for the expansion …


Trudi Inslee and Jim Theofelis: Spokane County commits to ending youth homelessness by 2022

At this moment, there are 13,000 to 15,000 unaccompanied youths and young adults who are experiencing homelessness in Washington state.


Grizzly protection plan falls far short

The judge has ruled. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has once again violated federal law in phase one of its headlong rush to remove Endangered Species Act protection (delisting) …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 4, 2018, 6:19 p.m.

Guillermo Rogel: Only by raising our voices will we be heard

Marches. TV spots. Strongly-worded letters. Washingtonians have never been shy about making our voices heard when it comes to big decisions for our state. An engaged and opinionated citizenry are …


Mary Cullinan and Dante Tyler: Students, your votes are crucial

Probably the most significant reason we hear from students who don’t vote is that their vote doesn’t matter. Students, we’re here to tell you that your vote is crucial. In …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 30, 2018, 3:36 p.m.

Lisa Brown: We need solutions that lower health care costs and expand access, not slogans

Lisa Brown, D, is a former WSU Spokane chancellor and former Washington state Senate majority leader.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: My goal is quality, affordable health care for all

My goal is to make sure everyone has access to quality and affordable health care. At the baseline of this debate, I believe we must protect people with pre-existing conditions …


Paul Lindholdt: Protect our pets from wildlife, and vice versa

Let’s keep our precious pets on leashes or indoors. If we do that, we will spare the songbirds and also spare ourselves the loss of love to the predators we …


David Heineman and Mike Beebe: He made politics a knockdown brawl. (Hint: It wasn’t Trump)

In the presidential election of 1800, John Adams’ camp, through the Connecticut Courant newspaper, said that should Thomas Jefferson win the presidency, the United States would become a nation where …


Rep. Mat Erpelding and Sen. Lee Heider: Support sportsmen’s access on National Hunting and Fishing Day

Many of you have probably not heard of the Land and Water Conservation Fund. It’s not a subject that gets a lot of press even though it’s been around for …


Edmund O. Schweitzer III: The challenges and opportunities of immigration

Let’s ‘de-politicize’ immigration. After all, we share the common heart Emma Lazarus shared with us all.


Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Student debt is a threat to economic prosperity

The increasing cost of higher education and debt burden our students face upon graduation is a growing threat to economic prosperity and success.


Lisa Brown: Americans need student debt relief

What does it say about our nation’s priorities when we make it easier to refinance a car loan than a student loan? Hard to believe, but it is true. I …


Dr. Bill Dienst: Dysfunctional aspects of the U.S. health care ‘system,’ and possible solutions

A Medicare for All system combined with a tithing would align patients, insurers and providers toward providing good care while being more cost-conscious. It would motivate all of us to …


Dan Dunne: Don’t let feds roll back efficient car standards

I urge Gov. Inslee to respond to the federal assault on cleaner cars by ensuring Washington has a business environment that draws on the imagination of inventors like Edison and …


Rick Hegdahl: Thanks for keeping our service members first

Thank you, Rep. Adam Smith and Sen. Maria Cantwell for following in Sen. McCain’s footsteps by exhibiting true bipartisanship and ensuring that the National Defense Authorization Act remains focused only …


Caroline Woodwell: Better Spokane can do better

Michael Cathcart, executive director of Better Spokane, says that Spokane cannot afford the City Council’s energy mandate (“Spokane can’t afford City Council’s energy plan,” Aug. 18, 2018). He is wrong. …


Bruce Speight: Trump administration’s Dirty Power Plan abdicates federal responsibility to protect Americans from climate change

As communities across Washington deal with raging wildfires and unhealthy air quality, President Donald Trump is turbocharging climate change by enacting a “Dirty Power Plan.” While many states, cities and …


McKay Cunningham: The newest umpire

John Roberts was mesmerizing. His confirmation hearing to be the next chief justice before the Senate Judiciary Committee lasted two days, during which Roberts seemed strangely at ease. The senators …


Jeff Johnson: Unions remain strong and motivated this Labor Day

This is what those who hope to silence unions don’t understand: Unions give voice, dignity, and a portion of the wealth that workers create back to them.


Lisa Brown: I’ll protect our democratic institutions

As a member of Congress, among my highest priorities would be reforms that strengthen secure the integrity of our elections and democratic institutions.


Spokane-area students deserve great educators, not more excuses

In their recent newspaper guest opinion (“Our concerns with K-12 basic education funding,” Aug. 26), four local school district superintendents made many excuses for why they don’t want to invest …


Guest Opinion: Our concerns with K-12 basic education funding

Under pressure to comply with the McCleary ruling, the Washington state Legislature recently modified the way K-12 schools are funded. The primary objective of the new funding model is to …


Outside View: Hot Shots tourney, lamentably, goes up in smoke

We regret to inform you that summer, as many in Yakima know it, has been canceled – or, at least, ended earlier than usual this year.


Other Voices: Dismissing Indians’ status is racist

Promises are important, at least that’s what we tell our kids. In Montana and around the country, there are groups advocating that we break the promises made to our American …


Outside View: Is Pullman’s hospital bond worth every penny?

Pullman voters may soon have to decide whether to support a $28 million bond to pay for a more robust, high-tech Pullman Regional Hospital. The hospital has plans to build …


Guest opinion: Why we need a Space Force

Space has been a hotly contested domain for decades. I can personally attest to this: While I was commander of the International Space Station in 2015, we had to maneuver …