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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 …


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.


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 …


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.


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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.