Refugees have an opportunity to start a new life in a safe country, many employers get a dedicated employee for the long haul, and our community gains another person who helps to make it better.
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.
Women have every right to be offended and outraged when a man dons womanface.
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?
I’m ready to collaborate with my colleagues in the Senate to grow our export economy by reauthorizing Ex-Im before it expires in September.
I truly believe that so-called “nonteaching jobs” are incredibly important to ensuring the success of each student.
We’re suffering a teacher shortage – not just for specific subjects or grades, but also for diverse teachers.
HIV remains one of the world’s greatest public health challenges – 5,000 people are newly infected every day. And yet there’s hope.
A loved one’s chances of surviving cancer or any other serious illness should not be determined by the ZIP code they live in. That is why we set out to build the WSU Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.
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.
Earlier this year, the National Association of Manufacturers released “
During June, which is World Refugee Month, I challenge you to listen in order to understand, no matter what you might already think about refugees. They are just like you, just like me, just like all of us.
The Canadian HiTest/PacWest Newport silicon smelter's carbon footprint will be tremendous. The Pend Oreille River Valley, the Little Spokane watershed and North Idaho will be blanketed with toxic emissions.
It’s time to realize a common, constructive vision and strive toward it, not toward constant bickering. Giving us living laboratories is a first step. Give us Liberty State.
The so-called “Jay Treaty” of 1794 is having unintended consequences on indigenous, transnational communities of the Pacific Northwest more than two centuries later.
Join me in spreading the word about how health coverage can lift up Idaho families and our economies and make sure your friends and neighbors in the gap know to enroll in coverage between November and December.
More than 2,660 people submitted comments overwhelmingly in support of an Environmental Impact Statement to more closely analyze BNSF Railway’s proposed second rail bridge over Lake Pend Oreille.
It’s time for Gov. Inslee and the Washington state Legislature to recognize the conversation around removing the lower Snake River dams has run its course.
Regardless of our cultural identity –rancher, hunter, wildlife advocate or a multicultural cross-pollination of all – we must come together. We all care about the heritage of the West.
From Washington to Maine, our country is in the midst of a drug crisis. To help local leaders build a bright and healthy future, the Trump administration has deployed an all-hands-on-deck approach to make critical resources available to rural communities.
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