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Thursday, June 4, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Guest Opinions

Sara Swaboda: Protect the health, well-being of Idahoans

COVID-19 has significantly changed how we live our lives. Parents are burdened with worry about becoming ill, caring for children at home and paying the bills. For families already living paycheck to paycheck, the toll of COVID-19 will have ripple effects for months to come. The impact of this stress will continue to weigh on our children – from a toddler who doesn’t understand why he can’t hug grandma to a high schooler missing her graduation ceremony. Recovery won’t be quick, even as the state’s stay-home order lifts. As a pediatrician, I am particularly concerned for the health of families this summer and their ability to access quality health care. There are two key actions Idaho leaders can take to better support the health and financial recovery of families struggling: protect Medicaid budgets from cuts and open enrollment on the health insurance exchange.

Best path forward will be a data-driven, collective effort

The path forward (into the unknown, the uncertain) should always begin with a few cautious steps in the direction you believe intended, while checking your bearings along the way to ensure you are truly on the correct path. Such is our path as we move into Phase II of Gov. Inslee’s Safe Start Washington.

Larry Hart: A ray of light amid the gloom

For one brief, shining moment – well, it wasn’t Camelot, but in Washington state in 2014 – there was a break in the decadelong control of the state Senate by the Democrats.

Trenton Miller: Candidate gamesmanship demonstrates need for election reform

For many of the citizens of Washington’s 4th Legislative District, the hour before this year’s candidate filing deadline may have felt like any other Friday afternoon. For the candidates who are hoping to represent these citizens, however, a shell game of strategic filings was playing out.

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Tim Campbell cartoon

Syndicated Columns & Other Voices

Rich Lowry: The return of the tea party

It’s 2009 again, or feels like it. The protesters then were inveighing against Obamacare; the protesters now are striking out against the coronavirus lockdowns.

Joe Scarborough: Lori deserves better. So does America.

One is a politician so obsessed with a morning cable news show that he has sought retribution by repeatedly defaming a dead woman’s memory. The other is a soft-spoken Air Force engineer who has worked on projects for 32 years with the singular goal of protecting and defending the United States.


Common sense and COVID

Left-leading media figures say that things would have been better if the U.S. did widespread testing using South Korea's methods. They blame President Trump, but it's not his fault that such a system wasn't in place.

Churches, re-open carefully

I attend a Lutheran Church (Salem) founded by Swedish immigrants in 1886. Several years ago the church council took on a project to help prepare the congregation for developing a mission statement. The council retrieved old church records, council meeting notes as well as annual meeting documents to prepare some foundational work to be used during the process.

Resting assured

I’ve been thinking about the protest marches that have occurred in Olympia and I have to say they are somewhat comforting. They have evidently been organized and attended by, I think there were three, organizations with the mission to protect my constitutional rights. I mean what can be bad about that?

Video tells the story

For the love of God, George Floyd was restrained, with his hands behind his back, in handcuffs, when his life was snuffed out. I saw the video, and the video tells you all you need to know. That cop who pressed his knee onto Floyd's neck should've known better. He has been on the police force for nearly twenty years.

Horror after tragedy

After seeing the "protest" looting after the horrible death of an African American man by a police officer holding the man’s neck down with his knee, I am so sorry to see the out-and-out thievery going on while the mobs of people were out of control on the streets. We saw this behavior years ago in the Los Angeles riots and the Baltimore riots.

Stand up, parents

I very much appreciated Julia Ditto's article about gathering signatures for the Comprehensive Sex Education bill (SB 5395) petitions. She is proof that if the liberal community members would read the bills actually submitted by their Democratic lawmakers, they would see their legislators are deceiving them and would be appalled by the new law.