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Sunday, December 16, 2018  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883


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Spencer Gage: Tiny homes could solve homeless problem

Spokane is currently growing at a rapid rate, adding 20,293 members to our community from 2016 to 2017, according to, a site focused on the population of different communities around the world. Although a growing community is beneficial to Spokane, there are many persistent problems that occur with growing cities all over the U.S., one of the most pressing being homelessness. On trips to Seattle, I’ve seen giant homeless camps all over town, and it makes areas of Seattle look uncared for. Spokane soon could be headed for the same fate, for I am starting to see more homeless on the streets, sleeping on sidewalks covered in blankets or in tents. It’s a common myth that many homeless people choose to live their life on the streets, but according to, a website where people can volunteer and help those in need, only 6 percent of homeless people choose to be homeless. That means 94 percent, given the chance, would love to turn their life around, and a tiny-home community provides the perfect opportunity to do so.
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Mary Cullinan: Why go to college? Eastern alumni can tell you

Eastern Washington University celebrated homecoming this year by inviting back to campus the alumni who graduated 50 years ago. More than 100 members of the class of 1968 attended our gala weekend: homecoming parade, football win over the University of Idaho, celebratory luncheon, and an array of festive events. I spoke with many of our guests during that weekend. They shared memories and stories. They talked about how Eastern Washington State College prepared them for their careers: They had gone on to be teachers, accountants, bankers, attorneys, business leaders.

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Opinion >  Letters

Coaches overpaid

State university football coaches being the highest-paid state employees is absurd. Football-loving taxpayers have looked me in the eye and decried this or that tax, all while defending the obscene salaries of coaches, who, by the way, simply try to move a ball down a field.
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Lead pollution a moral issue

The Bunker Hill Mining Company in Kellogg, Idaho, went bankrupt in 1981, creating our nation's largest Superfund (cleanup) site. The mine continues to pollute at the site of the mine and downstream from Kellogg to Spokane. Lead leaches into the Spokane River from the mine and repositories like the one at the Cataldo Mission. The EPA's move toward loosening the cleanup requirements will only increase the danger by allowing mining corporations to pollute at higher levels.
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Smart meter charge unneeded

Bravo to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission for nixing the sale to Hydro One (Avista may seek another "white knight," Dec. 7).
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Forest mismanagement facts

It always amazes me at how stupid/biased liberals and the media are, their stance on global warming causing the forest fires is ridiculous.
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Gonzaga’s terrible message

I am extremely sad and disappointed with Gonzaga University's recent decision to reject the request of a student group to allow Ben Shapiro to speak on campus, especially in light of its previous decision to allow Angela Davis, a known terrorist, to appear on campus. Having earned both a law degree and an MBA from Gonzaga, I have been a continuing supporter of the university.
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True meaning of Christmas

Merry Christmas! These are words that helped ring in the holiday season ever since I was a child. Now, in my mid-'50s, it seems like these words have become offensive to some. Public and private use of the term seems to have diminished over the last decade for fear of offending someone.

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