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Wednesday, June 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Tanner Rowe: Here’s why Rep. Shea gets re-elected by district voters

A question often asked is “How does Matt Shea keep getting elected?” If you’re not on Shea’s side of the political isle it's simple to assume that it’s because the people who vote for him are completely in line with his thought processes and ideology. Which, quite frankly, is the easy way out when it comes to answering this question.

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Debra Trujillo-Gilbert: Oh, the places a librarian can take you

Imagine your favorite restaurant without its chef, or the Spokane Symphony without its conductor. Your dinner would probably be less delicious and the symphony might be a bit out of tune. The same can be said of a library without a librarian. The decision by Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger and the board of directors to eliminate all librarians from its schools will result in the same kind of subpar experience for our area’s children. While the world continues to change, often quite rapidly, children remain constant. For generations, libraries and librarians have been, for the most part, the glue between the “regular” classes and the freedom found within the world of books. Libraries become sanctuaries for some kids who aren’t yet comfortable in the often judgmental world of the social side of school. Libraries give children permission to exercise their creativity by reading titles they never before realized existed. Librarians become another adult mentor many children need to get through the day. Some colleges are instituting “safe” areas where college students can cuddle teddy bears and listen to soothing music. Can we not at least give our kids their libraries with librarians?
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Paul Lindholdt: Wildfires signal climate in calamity

Horizons already are cloudy. Wildfires from Canada are inundating Spokane skies with smoke. How do we make sense of it all? The Fourth Annual Climate Assessment offers an able explanation. That interagency governmental report should silence the climate-crisis skeptics among us. As we head into summer, a glance back might be useful.

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