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Rob Masonis: The Phoenix in the Elwha

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.

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Other Voices: I helped classify calls for two presidents, and the White House abuse of the system is alarming

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.
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James M. Burkman: We need a fair system to stop surprise medical bills

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.
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Peg Currie: Providence focuses on shared values during labor talks

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.
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The Rev. Mark Finney: When a nation loses her soul

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.
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Kay Murano: Getting real about solutions to homelessness

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.

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