This is a critical time for our economy. It is also a critical time for the most important workforce support of all – child care. Parents cannot work, no matter how essential they are, if they do not have child care for their children. Earlier this spring, nearly 6% of Washington nurses who responded to a survey reported they had to use sick time, or not work at all, due to not having child care.
When the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced this summer it would invest $17 million in 10 new research centers to help prevent future pandemics, Washington State University and the University of Washington were tapped to lead two of them.
In response to Andy Barth’s op-ed in The Spokesman-Review, “Hydropower plays key role in Washington’s energy needs” (Oct. 6), Renewable Northwest agrees that hydropower plays a critical role; however, the headline is misleading in that the main point of his opinion piece is how Washington should learn lessons from California’s “failed energy policy.”
Since the last recession, our state has come a long way to support essential oral health care for low-income and underserved communities. But now, more than 1 million Washingtonians are at risk of losing their Medicaid dental coverage.
As politicians in Washington state launch a legal attack intended to prevent Alaska from responsibly developing the 1002 Area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the shortsightedness is hard to ignore.
“What are they trying to protect us from?” he said in a loud voice meant not just for the clerk to hear. “I don’t know anyone who has caught this disease, let alone died from it!” As he swiped his credit card, he continued his complaints about wearing protective masks.
A few weeks ago – maybe a month? What’s time anymore? – an idea started bubbling among restaurant owners. What can we do to ensure Spokane rebounds from the pandemic with a thriving small business community?
Reduced availability of medical visits and concerns about contracting COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic contributed to large drops in medical visits, including for preventive care. But now is the time to makes sure you are up-to-date on prevention. Even though I have no family history, really don’t enjoy a colonoscopy and wanted to use COVID-19 as an excuse to cancel, I got my colonoscopy earlier this month. I had a precancerous polyp detected, and its removal probably prevented cancer for me down the road.
As most of our public schools started last week, the effects of COVID-19 on our education system are more apparent than ever. Families are struggling to work through new technological barriers and child care, educators are working even harder, and children are struggling.
I write in response to recent letters and opinions published in The Spokesman-Review with respect to the ongoing discussion on equity and equality in the application of state statutes to criminal cases in Spokane County.
Gov. Jay Inslee is not going to call a special legislative session to deal with the state’s revenue shortfall. That’s just as well. All we’d get is budget tinkering and more taxes; neither of those will solve our financial problem.