The Invest in Idaho citizen ballot initiative is about investing in our children and the future of our state. A generation of kids has already been left behind. We can’t afford to saddle the next generation with the same problems.
Spokane continues to see record population growth and there aren’t enough rental homes for everyone who needs one. In the last 10 years, 13,000 new residents called Spokane home. That’s an increase of over 6%.
The new (revised) Colville National Forest Land Management Plan has been approved, much to the dismay of committed conservationists.
A proposed smelter that threatens the health and natural resources of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians was named a project of “statewide significance” by Gov. Jay Inslee – an endorsement of the project and a signal to fast-track its approval. It was a surprising move from our climate-activist governor and it deserves a closer look.
The U.S. Forest Service is currently seeking comment on a proposal to eliminate all roadless areas in the nation’s largest national forest – the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. While Alaska is the first target for repealing these hard-fought protections, it will not be the last.
In America, our Thanksgivings range from large family gatherings to Good Samaritans volunteering in soup kitchens serving turkey dinners to the hungry. Now think about what it is like in other parts of the world where people are lucky to have a few slices of bread and some rice to eat.
Now more than ever it is true that if we do not choose the path of a life well examined, using faith, reason and evidence, we risk losing everything.
In a democratic election, surpassing 50% is a win. A victory north of 60% is a mandate. Getting nearly 80% of the vote is a popular demand. On Nov. 5, voters in Spokane were crystal clear about their demands regarding two of Washington state’s most contentious issues – opposition to an income tax and support for open collective bargaining negotiations. Spokane voter opinion was so strong it could cascade across the Cascades.
Please, get your flu shot now. At the very least, you may avoid that 10 days of feeling miserable. At best, you will help protect your community, friends and family.
We know the price of the things we buy – from a loaf of bread to a laptop, a cellphone or a home, plane tickets, our cars, and a gallon of gas – but health care costs remain mysterious.
Our community pays law enforcement officers to help keep the community safe. Unfortunately, a recently released video demonstrates that some law enforcement officers may have very different ideas than the community about what that safety looks like.
The stereotypical image of homelessness is often a disheveled man, wrapped in his meager belongings, drunk or on his way. Unfortunately, this image is misleading.
The debate on homelessness in Spokane is in full force. The current administration’s decision to shut down a major shelter without any sort of well-developed plan has brought an issue that many service providers and families are intimately familiar with into the public domain.
Winter will be here soon. It doesn’t matter how hot the rhetoric is when it’s snowing outside and you have nowhere to call home.
As Spokane leaders who have fought every day to ensure working families have access to the economic opportunities they need to succeed, we’re advocating for an approve vote on Initiative 1000.
I-976 is bad news for everyone who lives and works in the Spokane region..
The current election season has highlighted homelessness as one of the region’s most pressing issues. I’d like to add the perspective of someone who has worked extensively with the homeless.
Taxpayers are getting ripped off, everybody knows it, and politicians refuse to fix it. That’s why 352,000 voters signed petitions to get Initiative 976 on the ballot. Taxing a $10,000 vehicle like it’s $25,000 is fraud. Initiative 976 repeals the dishonest vehicle valuation schedule that politicians are currently using to artificially inflate our vehicle taxes.
Will the next Spokane mayor enforce the law, or play politics with women’s rights? Voters have a choice.
As Washington state’s senior population continues to grow, providing patient-preferred home health care will only become more important. Passing the Home Health Payment Innovation Act would go a long way.
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