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Liv Finne: SPS Prop. 1 increases taxes ; it’s not a simple levy extension

On the Feb. 9 special election ballot, the Spokane Public School board wants voters to approve Proposition 1, a major property tax increase. School officials claim it is merely a “renewal” of the old special levy. This is not true, as shown by our new study, “Spokane Public Schools seek property tax increase as working families and homeowners struggle with lost income and unemployment amid COVID shutdown.” School officials are not being transparent and honest with the public.

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Alexis Gallaway-Tonasket, Annemarie Frohnhoefer and Emily Peters: Spokane Law Enforcement: Denounce White Supremacy

Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was bludgeoned to death by a mob of Trump supporters. No one deserves such a death. Officer Sicknick’s political views may have differed from those of the Human Rights Activist Coterie of Spokane (HRAC), but on January 6, the United States shared a single enemy: white supremacists who sought to overtake our institutions. Our institutions are not equitable and they are not perfect. Yet, Officer Sicknick died protecting our democratic process and we condemn the violence used against him.
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Esther Brown: Two worlds, same pandemic: Lessons to learn from culture and COVID-19 in Taiwan and the U.S.

I’ve spent this year living in two countries with starkly different responses to the virus. I left the U.S. in March for five months, and after a mandatory 14-day complete isolation quarantine, I stepped into an entirely different world. In Taiwan, I witnessed people living relatively unaffected by the virus: businesses are open, schools are in-person and the economy that has remained intact.
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Steven A. Smith: The other first responders

When the world takes that unexpected right turn that changes the course of history, they run to the danger. We expect that of the best known, most respected first responders – police, firefighters, EMTs, the military. But journalists are first responders, too.

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