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Thursday, February 20, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Guest Opinions

Elliott Nethercutt: Father’s 25 years led to satisfaction, no regrets

Just over 25 years ago, my father was sworn in to represent the 5th District of Washington. I was 9 years old and had the privilege of standing next to him when he took the oath on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 3, 1995. Young and naive, I failed to fully appreciate the significance. One thing I do remember was my father’s motivation for seeking office in the first place: He wanted to represent his family, friends, neighbors and fellow citizens by listening carefully to their needs and priorities, and taking action to address them. It’s no wonder that most of his career before Congress was focused on serving the Spokane community. As a WSU and Gonzaga Law School graduate, he paved his way serving the community as a founding board member of the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery – a respite-care facility to protect children from child abuse. During his 18 years practicing law, he provided legal support for over 2,000 adoptions, helping transform individuals into loving parents, bringing joy and security to adoptive children. Soon after my sister was diagnosed with diabetes in 1987, he became president of the Spokane Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and eventually established the Congressional Caucus on Diabetes. After his congressional career, he’s focused on his passion: highlighting our country’s history, as well as the importance of exercising civic duty.

Amaroq Weiss: It’s time for a change in how Washington manages its wolves

The range riders were supposed to be watching cattle on grazing allotments in Ferry County. Instead, according to documents revealed in late January by court proceedings, they appear to have been elsewhere at times they were supposed to be on the range. Buying truck parts in Idaho. Staying at a casino hotel in Airway Heights. Attending a horse auction. One even went to a two-day meeting in Ellensburg, organized by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Johanna Jensen: Eye surgery requires extensive, supervised training

For an optometrist to be certified in Idaho, under House Bill 317, only five laser procedures on patients would need to be observed by a certified optometrist or ophthalmologist, and scalpel surgeries are not required to have any supervision whatsoever. This is unacceptable.

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Clay Bennett cartoon

Syndicated Columns & Other Voices

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Vote blue, no matter who?

Vote blue, no matter who? Even if the “who” sees your boys and men as Xeroxes, to be interchangeably thrown against walls? How will black people, the most loyal of Democratic constituencies, respond, if this is what they are asked to do?

Facts vs. fears: Five things to help weigh your coronavirus risk

WASHINGTON – The news about the novel coronavirus in China grows more urgent daily. The number of related deaths is now greater than 1,300, while tens of thousands of people have been infected – most of them in China. People returning to the U.S. from China are quarantined for 14 days. It can be frightening to think about the threat, but public health officials in this country constantly remind people that the risk of the disease here is low. Still, scientists have more questions than answers about important issues surrounding the coronavirus, now officially named COVID-19. Here’s some help in understanding the unknowns and evaluating the risks.


Tab prices

I understand your frustrations on the tabs on a new car/truck or even older ones.

The So-Called Gap

In the West Central neighborhood of Spokane, the city intends to extend the Centennial Trail along our streets.The Neighborhood Council was never notified, and the community didn't find out until it was too late - the city is proceeding in a mendacious and covert manner with their poorly conceived plan.

Good guys with guns?

About mid-January, I received an advertisement addressed to "Resident." It was an invitation to a new church starting at the Freeman High School in Spokane Valley. It says "We offer safe, creative, and age appropriate children's classes..." I thought, is this one of Matt Shea's schemes? I wondered what do they mean by "safe"? I called them. The reply came from a member who provides security. I asked if they allow guns in their church services. I got the NRA spiel "good guys with guns protect against bad guys." He advocated the legality of concealed carry gun permits. He mentioned "gently locking children in a room to keep them safe." Really! Unlawful imprisonment?

They will come around

I moved to Spokane in 1965. In that time, we’ve been asked to vote for a new airport, Coliseum and Expo '74. In every instance the voters voted them down. And yet, they’ve been built and by all measures have been a success.

No new jail

I have the greatest respect for our Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich because of his loyalty to the community programs that are striving to end family violence. He and Jeff Holy and Mary Kuney are among the handful of Republicans I have voted for.