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Thursday, October 1, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Guest Opinions


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 1, 2020

Sandra Altshuler’s recent letter to the editor regarding drug court referrals (“Haskell is the barrier,” Sept. 14) contains wild and untrue accusations.

Carolyn B Bridges, MD, FACP: Prioritize prevention

UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 30, 2020

Reduced availability of medical visits and concerns about contracting COVID-19 at the beginning of the pandemic contributed to large drops in medical visits, including for preventive care. But now is the time to makes sure you are up-to-date on prevention. Even though I have no family history, really don’t enjoy a colonoscopy and wanted to use COVID-19 as an excuse to cancel, I got my colonoscopy earlier this month. I had a precancerous polyp detected, and its removal probably prevented cancer for me down the road.

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Lisa Benson cartoon for October 1

Syndicated Columns & Other Voices


Open all schools

As full-time Washington state employees and parents of three young children in District 81, we can say confidently that virtual learning is NOT working for our family. It is an extremely stressful situation with unrealistic expectations as to child IT knowledge and experience, and parent time/energy to assist after an 8+ hour work day.

Spokane needs diversity

For those of you living in Seattle, Portland or California who might be considering relocating to Spokane, please do not consider the narrow view of Christopher Vogel expressed in his recent letter ("Be a part of this community," Sep. 22) to be the uniform belief of people in Spokane.

CMR’s ‘conversion’

Alice White’s letter re: McMorris Rodgers now supporting a Balanced Budget Amendment is laughable ("Cathy and the budget," Sept. 21).

Rejoice, the lights are in!

When the signal to cross appeared at the intersection of Mission and Hamilton, 91-year-old Kathy began her slow, arduous trip on her way back to the O'Malley, with her shopping cart full of her weekly supplies. She wasn't halfway through when struck by an impatient motorist, sending Kathy and her groceries flying. Numerous people stopped to help her get up and reload what was salvageable, but the motorist kept going! They don't make them like Kathy anymore, as she had no broken bones but was terribly bruised.

Vote Blue!

Mitch McConnell and his cabal of Republican misers failed to pass a stimulus package. Rather than work with Democrats to get enough money in the package that would be enough to actually help people, the stingy repubs shut it down because what pittance they expected to help people pay rent and buy food, was in their minds, "too expensive."

Cathy represents well

In these times of riots, shootings and lawlessness, we have a great need for calm, clear heads to represent us in Washington, D.C. In a little over a month, we will be choosing leaders to govern us in the coming years.


Editorial: Vote yes for sex ed and long-term care investments

It’s a refreshingly light year for ballot measures, and only two of them actually do anything. Referendum 90 would require sex education in public schools. And Senate Joint Resolution 8212 would allow the state’s new Long-Term Care Trust Fund to invest in the stock market. We recommend a yes vote on each.

Editorial: Voters should step out from under Shea’s shadow in the 4th

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 22, 2020

Matt Shea isn’t on the ballot this year, but his shadow hangs over the races in the 4th Legislative District. Shea is the disgraced former state representative who resigned this year after a scathing investigation all but accused him of treason. Yet in some corners of the district, people hang onto his most outlandish and belligerent ideas. It’s time for moderate, sensible voters to make a clean break from them.