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Guest Opinions

George Wuerthner: Wildland protection, restoration is crucial part of Biden’s 30 by 30 plan

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 24, 2020

With the election of Joe Biden, we have a leader who recognizes that we need to use science to effectively deal with the threats of climate change and biodiversity loss. To address these twin threats to the planet's stability and integrity, the president-elect supports the goal of using science-based decision-making to protect 30% of U.S. lands and waters by the year 2030.

John Wheaton: Polarized thinking – the true political evil

With the recent defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, it is tempting for Democrats such as myself to seize upon this moment as a triumph of progressive ideals over conservative principles. Democrats who have waited in the shadows of the Trump presidency will be eager to push through their political agendas – “to the victors go the spoils,” or so the saying goes.

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Tim Campbell cartoon for November 28

Syndicated Columns & Other Voices

Mary McNamara: What you don’t know about the first Thanksgiving might keep you home for this one

To mark the 400th anniversary of one of the world’s most famous voyages, the Mayflower Memorial in Southhampton, England, installed a new plaque this month. Situated alongside those honoring the Mayflower’s passengers and crew, it reads: “In memory of the Wampanoag of Patuxet who perished in the ‘Great Dying’ plague of 1616 to 1619 introduced by European and English invaders. The decimated village of Patuxet – a graveyard – was settled by the pilgrims who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. They renamed the village Plymouth Colony.”


Trust the most trusted

Who can we turn to during this time of uncertainty? A raging pandemic threatens our health while hospitals in our community are nearing capacity. If there ever was a time to turn to the most honest, trusted and ethical profession for guidance, it is now.

How Casey plays

The Mayor of Mudville says that joy will soon return to his city because in an interview with Casey after the ballgame, Casey stated that Mudville had truly WON the game 5 to 4. While Casey did admit that he purposely ignored the first two pitches, putting him two strikes down with Flynn and Blake on base, Casey said that he had then powdered the next pitcher’s lollypop offering far beyond the centerfield wall -- thus making Mudville the WINNER. Surprisingly, the crooked Umpire cried STRIKE THREE, because he pretended not to spy the baseball as it disappeared into the dark night sky.

Reopening schools safely

COVID-19 infection rates in Spokane County are shooting up like a SpaceX rocket.

Madsen got it all wrong

(Sue Lani) Madsen’s (Nov. 20) column using the mock device of being addressed to “Dear Deep Blue Seattle”is a disgrace.

Nostalgia and equivocation

Mr. Dinnison's letter is an elegant missive that takes a position I profoundly disagree with ("Inslee's deliberate deceit," Nov. 20).


Editorial: Our picks for Washington state lieutenant governor, secretary of state

UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 22, 2020

Two statewide races on the Nov. 3 ballot have less visibility than the governor’s race but still carry the potential for significant impact on Washington. A longtime Democratic politician and a Republican incumbent have shown they deserve voters’ support for lieutenant governor and secretary of state, respectively.