Our politicians talk a good game when it comes to improving education in Idaho, but they never back it up where it counts: at the Statehouse.
New laws should not shower college students with instant cash, but it’s complicated.
It is often difficult, if not impossible, to restore wild places to their former ecological and aesthetic glory once human development has altered them. But in some cases, the vitality of wild places can be recovered. The Elwha River on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula is such a place.
Spokane’s debate about whether to build a new jail is premature – the city hasn’t fully implemented criminal justice reforms.
A previous guest opinion brought to light an unfortunate truth: Family violence and trauma is far too common, with its repercussions on adults and children having both immediate and long-lasting impacts.
This November, Spokane voters will consider Proposition 2, a charter amendment that would stop city officials from imposing a local income tax -- a protection voters might want to make sure they have.
If you’re one of 56 million Americans eligible for Medicare, it’s important to understand coverage options when selecting your health plan for 2020.
Your Idaho legislature has worked very hard developing the most sensible Medicaid expansion possible. We will not let the Federal Government take that away. We support the will of the people and the integrity of Idaho’s government. I can promise you that we will find the “Idaho Way” forward on Medicaid.
Chicago has just become the largest city in the United States to abolish most types of library fines, ending a practice that opponents say drove away low-income people who most need their local library and who can least afford to pay financial penalties.
The whistleblower at the heart of the Ukraine controversy said White House officials ordered information about President Donald Trump’s phone call with President Volodymyr Zelensky to be removed from the classified server typically used to store such information – and placed on a hyper-secure “code word” server. Such special protections are typically reserved for material of the gravest sensitivity – detailed information about covert operations, for example, where exposure can get people killed.
As a physician, my first priority it to protect my patients To that end, I keep their best interests in mind and when they need care – particularly unexpected care – they can trust that I’m concerned with their health, not payment. For too many, however, their care is only the beginning of a life stressor: economic insult is added to medical injury weeks later when they receive surprise medical bills.
Americans these days are increasingly exercising their First Amendment rights. Specifically, they are embracing the clauses that guarantee “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”
Let’s get something straight, Spokane is a great city. Over the last eight years I have seen what we can do as a community, working together
Clean water is the basis for life. As Inland Northwesterners, we’re surrounded by reminders of the central role water plays in the life of our community.
Although it’s not a major federal or state holiday (except in Florida), the recent Constitution Day (Sept. 17) and Constitution Week (Sept. 17-23) ought to be.
At Providence, we take pride in knowing we have been the Spokane area’s health partner for more than 130 years. Our patients and employees are the heart of our mission, and we are committed to serving everyone in this community, especially the poorest and most vulnerable. With the possibility of a strike at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center looming, it may be tempting to frame the issues as black and white, and make sweeping judgments about who is right and who is wrong.
The White House announced Thursday its plan to further slash already historically low refugee admissions for the fourth time in a row. For the past 40 years the refugee number has averaged 90,000 annually and ranged as high as 200,000. Last year 30,000 refugees found new hope on our shores – including 161 here in Spokane. For the coming year, our President dropped the ceiling to 18,000.
Homelessness has become Spokane’s lightning rod in public debates and our upcoming election. The sight of people living on our streets – sometimes in a state of disorientation or despair – tugs at the heart of our city. It is a true community challenge, but it can be solved if we find common ground.
This Saturday, SAN and the Spokane Regional Health District will host the 2019 Spokane AIDS Walk and Strength for the Journey BBQ. It’s an important time to share our commitment, and to mobilize the critical work of ending the HIV epidemic here at home, and everywhere.
It is essential that we all aggressively advocate for evidence-based approaches to proactively prevent further damage caused by the expanding e-cigarette industry.
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