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.
Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell would have you believe that racial equity is not permitted in our legal system. He is trying to convince our county commissioners that adopting racial equity as a goal of our criminal justice system would violate the Constitution and expose the county to lawsuits. The commissioners would be wise to ignore Mr. Haskell, because he is dead wrong. Racial equity is required by law, and the commissioners open themselves and the county to legal liability by openly rejecting it.
The nation in general, and the Spokane City Council and the Spokane County Commissioners in particular, is finally addressing racial and ethnic disparities in the application of the criminal justice system.
The truth is that there are real victims of human trafficking in our Inland Northwest Community, in the United States, and around the world. What that trafficking looks and feels like is different for each individual survivor and of course their loved ones. It’s not hype, it’s not a movie, it’s not black and white. It’s complicated.
As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to have significant health and economic consequences for thousands of Idahoans, we must come together to help families that are struggling to make ends meet and stay safe. Through my position at Idaho Voices for Children, I have had the opportunity to talk with hundreds of people across our state and have heard firsthand how Medicaid has helped families get access to the health care they need.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Washington Food Industry Association and the independent supermarkets, convenience stores and coffee houses that make up our membership have been working hard to ensure that Washingtonians can safely access the stores upon which they rely and that our employees can service those customers safely.
There is still much to be learned about the brutal killing Saturday night in Portland, Oregon, of Aaron "Jay" Danielson. But there can be little doubt that with his violent death and many others in U.S. cities over the last three months, we are witnessing multiple failures of leadership and a fearsome unraveling of the fabric of civility that binds our nation together.
This much we can say with certainty: A 17-year-old visibly armed with a semi-automatic rifle in the thick of a violent protest is a powder keg by itself. Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois, has been arrested and charged as an adult so far in connection with two deaths in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Spokane’s voters have rejected water fluoridation three times. City council should respect the enduring wisdom of our citizens – which has been based on sound science all along – to keep our water safe and clean.
“We’re all in this together,” said Gov. Jay Inslee, as he issued the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order in response to COVID-19. More than 1,800 Washingtonians have died from the virus, including essential workers. But while we may be in the same storm, we are not in the same boat, especially when it comes to our health.
While schools are planning to provide a healthy school experience, in school or online, full time or part time, I encourage everyone to take a strong look at the long practiced system of assigning punishment for various infractions – all listed in The Student Handbook for any school (usually online). I have been a teacher and administrator in Washington State schools and three other states, and looking back over my years as an educator, I see clearly now what I deeply wish I would have seen throughout my career. Too often we lose students from school by trying to punish them into cooperating instead of guiding them toward success. This is a national issue, not just Washington State.
The notion of equity has received heightened attention recently on the national and local stage. Equity is a long-established legal principle originating in English common law and enshrined in our legal system. The United States Constitution authorizes judges presiding over cases to apply not just law, but equity as well. Every day in courts across our country, judges, lawyers and litigants strive for outcomes that are fair and just. Indeed, the concept of equity is not new or novel.
We have all endured the COVID-19 pandemic here in Washington for the past four months, and many of us have found ways to adjust to this new normal. Those who can have become accustomed to working from home. All of us are staying socially distant and doing what we can to protect ourselves and those around us.
Today marks the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Because of my passion for the courageous suffragists and their long battle for the vote, I have been lamenting the cancellation of live celebrations and how the significance of the anniversary might be lost amidst the many crises we face today. But upon reflection I realize that it could not be more fitting.
While many do not see dental disease as a health problem, the sad fact is people are affected daily by dental decay. We have people coming into the clinic who are missing work due to pain related to decay and children unable to go to school due to pain related to cavities. Untreated dental decay can lead to brain abscesses or even death.