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Tuesday, October 15, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Guest Opinions

Bob Lutz: Behavioral issues only made worse

A previous guest opinion brought to light an unfortunate truth: Family violence and trauma is far too common, with its repercussions on adults and children having both immediate and long-lasting impacts.

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Joe Heller

Syndicated Columns & Other Voices


The company you keep

When I was a young man, my mother would tell me to choose my friends wisely and that no matter what I said, I would be judged by the company I keep. Fast forward to the Spokane mayoral race on Nov. 5. Although I respect Nadine Woodward and Ben Stuckart for their passion to serve the people of Spokane, they run with a different crowd.

Communicate on issues

In times like these where the public is concerned with the political climate, it is important for people to know how to contact their representatives and senators. Everyone has two state senators, and one district representative.

Where is Nadine?

On Oct. 10, the Spokane Alliance, a nonpartisan group of local churches, unions, community groups and members of the medical community, held a Candidates Forum on Housing and Homelessness. All candidates running for mayor and city council were invited to attend.

Attracting pot industry

Just like the aluminum industry moved here for cheap power, the Northwest is attracting illegal and legal indoor pot growers.

They had their chance

Kudos to KREM, the Downtown Partnership, and the Civic Theater for holding a recent candidate forum. It was nicely done.

Change without baggage

I have worked many years in downtown Spokane. The homeless issue is significant but there are other problems as well. Drug transactions are common around the bus terminal. Rarely is there any sign of police. Over the years Spokane has evolved from a can do city that hosted a World"s Fair to a city that at times seems third world.


Editorial: City Hall infighting will leave people sleeping in the cold

The city is just about out of time if it hopes to do better than last year providing shelter to homeless residents. Temperatures this week could drop to freezing at night in Spokane. And that’s nothing compared to how chilly things have gotten at City Hall.