We miss your children.
By Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin
When I had just turned 18, I got on a Greyhound bus in Spokane and took the long trip to Sewanee, Tennessee, to attend the University of the South. I was born and raised in Pullman, and this was a grand adventure.
Jim Allen’s article (“What’s in a Namesake,” 7/12/20) about possibly renaming Spokane schools contained this intriguing line: “Perhaps the most complicated, controversial figure of all is Mullan.” Deciding whether to change the name of Mullan Road Elementary is indeed complicated.
Whether alarm systems, magazines or pest control, door-to-door sales people interrupting time with friends and family is unacceptable. Likewise, special-interest groups and individuals peddling failed policies state to state need to leave Washington alone. The recent op-ed in The Spokesman Review by Michael Sutton and John Land Le Coq (“Washington should ban wildlife killing contests,” July 12) is nothing more than those with special interests selling their agenda to Washingtonians. Neither is a resident of Washington, hailing instead from California and Colorado, but feel it necessary to tell us why we need to adopt their policies, and speaking as if they’re residents.
In a recent video released to his staff, Dr. Rob McCann, CEO of the local Catholic Charities, acknowledged his own racism and the racism staining Catholic Charities and the Catholic Church. This confession, which soon went viral, created a tempest, evoking angry, defensive and some spiteful responses from white Catholics and leaders supposedly “roiled” by these charges of institutional racism. The local Catholic bishop has supposedly called McCann on the carpet and decided to reduce or replace the Christmas Catholic Charities appeal with funds for the Black and Indian missions.
“My body, my choice!”
I, Daniel Mills, am a full-time, local, working musician. I perform under the moniker Son of Brad, and also own and operate a talent booking agency, Inland Talent LLC, which provides musical entertainment for nearly a dozen restaurants and lounges across Spokane and North Idaho. My agency also provides work for approximately 25 local musicians.
This May, I graduated from college. The Catholic university I went to provided me my degrees, but when I needed birth control – something just as important for my future – I was on my own. For me and for a lot of women who go to religious universities, this is a common experience. And after this week’s Supreme Court decision in Trump v. Pennsylvania, my experience could become even more common.
Sixty years ago, our nation’s waterways were so polluted that fish were dying and rivers to the east were catching fire. On the Spokane River, raw sewage and toilet paper floated through our communities. Ask an elder and they’ll tell you they were forbidden from playing in the river.
A recent Washington state law presented a new opportunity for our students: the ability to quickly find a career after high school, while still enrolled in high school. Think Running Start, but with the goal of a career after the program ends, not a university. It’s uncharted water upon which Spokane Community College immediately set sail.
Killing wolves for conflict with livestock and killing of wolves on public land should never be allowed. WDFW should act in a responsible, research-based manner.
Each of my three Black children has been the subject of mistreatment, discrimination, profiling and racist epithets from schoolmates, teachers and coaches – and from those who “protect and serve.”
As sportsmen and conservationists, we commend the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission for considering CR-102, a proposed rule to ban wildlife killing contests statewide.
The shortest route to reopening our community is as simple as everyone doing their part by wearing a cloth face mask. It is a small imposition that will keep everyone safe by slowing the spread.
For most districts, August will usher in the 2020-2021 school year.
The violence that emerged from a protest in Seattle's CHOP zone demonstrates that complete freedom to do what whatever we want can get us into trouble.
On Monday, the Spokane County commissioners will continue to hear stakeholder input on how the county should spend $90 million in CARES Act funding.
On June 9, Idaho Gov. Brad Little approved $5 million in emergency rental assistance to prevent pandemic-related income loss from forcing Idahoans out of their homes. More will need to be done to ensure no one loses their home due to the coronavirus, and it’s critical lawmakers continue to make policy choices that protect our health and economy.
Speaking of police reforms: A few words of caution and clarity are needed concerning the front-page article by Adam Shanks in The Spokesman-Review about the city council and mayor’s discussions on police policy changes.
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