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Bart George: Out-of-state interests push Washington wildlife changes

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.
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Patrick McCormick: Confessing racism in the Catholic Church

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.
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Daniel Mills: Canceling live music is unfair to performers

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.
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Mattise Wood: My university refused birth control now others across the country could do the same

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.
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Kevin Brockbank: State lawmakers wanted new pathways to career education – Spokane Community College wants a new pathway to a career

UPDATED: Thu., July 16, 2020

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.
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Natalie Sandoval: Idaho must protect renters

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.

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