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Guest Opinions

Alexis Gallaway-Tonasket, Annemarie Frohnhoefer and Emily Peters: Spokane Law Enforcement: Denounce White Supremacy

Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick was bludgeoned to death by a mob of Trump supporters. No one deserves such a death. Officer Sicknick’s political views may have differed from those of the Human Rights Activist Coterie of Spokane (HRAC), but on January 6, the United States shared a single enemy: white supremacists who sought to overtake our institutions. Our institutions are not equitable and they are not perfect. Yet, Officer Sicknick died protecting our democratic process and we condemn the violence used against him.

Esther Brown: Two worlds, same pandemic: Lessons to learn from culture and COVID-19 in Taiwan and the U.S.

I’ve spent this year living in two countries with starkly different responses to the virus. I left the U.S. in March for five months, and after a mandatory 14-day complete isolation quarantine, I stepped into an entirely different world. In Taiwan, I witnessed people living relatively unaffected by the virus: businesses are open, schools are in-person and the economy that has remained intact.

Steven A. Smith: The other first responders

When the world takes that unexpected right turn that changes the course of history, they run to the danger. We expect that of the best known, most respected first responders – police, firefighters, EMTs, the military. But journalists are first responders, too.

Patrick Connor: Inslee agenda seeks to destroy even more small businesses

The hopes of our state’s small-business owners for a return to normalcy with the new year were dashed by not one, but two holiday pronouncements from Gov. Jay Inslee: an extension of statewide business restrictions to Monday, and the release of his budget and legislative proposals.

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Michael Ramirez cartoon

Syndicated Columns & Other Voices

Rich Lowry: The Flight 93 Post-Election

President Donald Trump finally did what the foremost metaphor associated with his political rise would have suggested – he plowed his plane into the ground.


Yes to our students

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.

A lesson from MLK

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"!

Selective law and order

Following the violent assault on the Capitol Building we heard some Republicans chide the perpetrators: “We are the party of law and order.”

Vaccine rollout failure

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."

Fluoridating the city

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).