To expand on Martin Luther King Jr.'s quote, we should not judge anyone based on skin color, political party preference, gender, or gender preference, nationality, religion, etc., but ONLY on the "content of their character"!
It's been more than six months since we knew that a vaccine against COVID-19 would be produced. The government did a great job of distribution the vaccine to the states. But it's now revealed that "We weren't prepared to vaccinate this many people this quickly."
This has been one of the most difficult years for so many of us. Unemployment rates continue to rise, ICUs are filled to capacity with very sick patients, political divides among us are larger than they’ve every been, and many households and individuals are feeling the financial implications from this pandemic.
It is nice to finally get a look at the “anti-fluoridation” advocates' reasoning ("Taking a principled stance on water fluoridation," Jeff Irish, David Graves and Rick North, Guest Opinion, January 8).
The proposed Medical Lake School District Educational and Operations Levy Is a REPLACEMENT for the levy approved by the Medical Lake School District voters in 2018. The levy would provide approximately $1.5 million per year. If passed, that $1.5 million per year will be matched by an additional $1.5 million per year from the state and would take effect in 2022.
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers deserves all the criticism people have vented toward her on these pages over the past several weeks. The recent sad and disturbing events leading up to Jan. 6, when Congress convened to certify the electoral vote, again reveal her underlying disrespect for America’s electoral system and her craven attachment to power.
When I read the Jan. 6 news that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was siding with President Trump’s effort to reverse the 2020 presidential election results, a historic moment flashed before me. It was the 1954 image of U.S. Army attorney Joseph Welch challenging another Trump-like demagogue, Wisconsin Republican Sen. Joseph McCarthy, for destroying the lives of American citizens in his Communist witch hunt. “Have you no sense of decency?” Welch pressed McCarthy. That urgent question led to McCarthy’s congressional censure and political demise a few months later.
The riots were instigated by a president who, in imitation of the great dictators of Europe such as Mussolini, Hitler and Franco, could convince, without a stitch of evidence, millions of Americans that the election was stolen from him. He has to face reality. He sponsored some 60 lawsuits to challenge the elections in six different states. All were thrown out by judges of one or the other party. The conservative Republican Attorney General of the United States, William Barr, stated there was no evidence of foul play in any state election. One state, Georgia, found it necessary to have two recounts. The result was the same in all and the Republican Secretary of State affirmed the result of a Biden victory.
The Academy of Political Theater presents this year's trophy for Worst Performance to the Republican Party for their energetic contribution to the decline of American democracy. Worst Actor of course goes to Donald Trump with Worst Supporting Actor shared by Senators Hawley and Cruz.
I was absolutely appalled to see Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers’ opinion this morning. I am appalled that she is helping to feed this immense fabrication about the 200,000 "extra" ballots instead of leading her constituents to a more transparent, just truth.
Students thrive when they have access to small classes and opportunities for extra/co-curricular activities. Cheney Schools’ students currently enjoy a well-rounded education with visual and performing arts, extra-curricular sports and clubs, and support staff to ensure the students’ health and safety. The EP&O levy in Proposition 1 supports these programs, ensuring that the children of the West Plains have the opportunities that they need to succeed. Our children also deserve to have school facilities that are in good repair. The CP levy in Proposition 2 allows the District to invest in needed technology, make improvements to buildings’ security, and repair or replace school infrastructure.
If the Republicans in the 5th Congressional District nominated a socially moderate, fiscally conservative, law school graduate who was not a Trump sycophant for the 2022 election, I would seriously consider voting for that person - even though I have been a Democrat for over 50 years.
I am so saddened the Spokesman-Review would print such hate-filled harangue by Shawn Vestal of Cathy McMorris Rodgers that only stirs up anger and unproductive public-discourse ("With vote today, McMorris Rodgers gives up any vestige of integrity," Jan. 6).
I wonder how many of these Republican elected officials who feel entitled to challenge the vote count in other states, thus disenfranchising thousands of voters including Republicans, would feel if other elected officials challenged the votes in their states, thus disenfranchising the voters who elected them.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife uses the spring bear season as a tool in the game management toolbox and the permit system allows WDFW biologists to carefully control the populations. The amazing biodiversity of Washington creates a complex management issue that requires a multi-faceted approach. Failure to effectively manage predator numbers, especially in the spring, can be detrimental to fawn/calf survival rates. Hunters strive to protect all wildlife populations including both predator and prey.