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Guest Opinions

Fred H. Hutchinson: What would the Greatest Generation do?

Forty years ago this summer, the signing ceremony for the Central Idaho Wilderness Act of 1980 was held in a nondescript, windowless room inside the Old Executive Office Building because it was raining like the dickens in the Rose Garden. President Carter, in his typically frugal manner, used just two silver and green pens (one for “Jimmy” and one for “Carter”) to sign the bill into law.

Jeff Roe: Washington’s rural health care is at a crossroads

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 11, 2020

For too long, rural health care has remained overlooked and underfunded, in some ways invisible to the rest of the American health care system. Now, the coronavirus is putting Washington’s rural health care at a critical crossroads.

Alan Dryer: Let’s be smart about railroad safety

It’s easy to forget that something is deadly, when you live with it for a long time. We especially might not notice that the danger increases over time. A familiar kitchen knife can still slice a finger, a stressed family dog can still bite, and the train you hear at a distance can still cause harm.

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Tim Campbell


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Letters

Insure the police

Millions of taxpayer dollars are paid out to settle wrongful conduct and/or death claims from police budget. Just like doctors must have malpractice insurance, I propose that police also carry liability insurance individually.

Wake up, America

Undercover of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, there is a concerted, coordinated, and well-funded campaign to overthrow our form of government. It really hasn’t been about George Floyd for some time. The demonstrations and violence you have seen are designed to promote a socialist or even a communist system. Sadly, a large portion of the Democratic establishment is going along, apparently hoping for short term election gain.

A teacher’s two cents

Friday, March 13, 2020 is a day that I will never forget. It is the day that I was informed that I had to prep my students for six weeks of distance learning that begins on Monday. 48 hours to gather all of the materials that each student will need and learn these brand new, never before used ways to organize, present the lessons and gather completed work. I know it wasn't perfect, or even ideal, but we did it. I know that as a parent there were times that it was confusing, very frustrating and overwhelming. I want to remind you that we only had 48 hours to prepare and learn.

How does Cathy do it?

I suspect that Trump would approve of any mail-in vote that is for him. He says that absentee ballots, like he and Pence and a lot of other White House staff use, are somehow good, but other vote by mail methods are bad. But an absentee ballot is indistinguishable from a mail-in ballot; that's exactly what it is.

Speak up for change

Joe Heller’s “toon” for August 4th succinctly shows part of the great debate in Congress surrounding the next relief package. (Spokesman-Review, August 4, 2020)

A false narrative

The guest opinion on August 2 regarding the pandemic shutdown of Slidewaters in Chelan ("Slidewaters owners: Our outrage is genuine") makes a number of statements that are wrong.

Editorials

Editorial: It’s time to fluoridate Spokane’s water

Three public health advocates recently kicked a hornets’ nest when they asked Spokane City Council to add fluoride to the city’s drinking water. Let the hornets buzz. Council should add fluoride to the city’s water to improve the dental health of all residents.

Editorial: Judge kneecaps press independence in Seattle

A judge in King County last week not only made journalists’ jobs harder, but he put them in danger on the streets. Higher courts should immediately intervene to ensure that a free press can continue to function without serving a dual role as unwilling police informant.