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Tuesday, September 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Chris McFaul: It’s time to help rural hospice patients

It may seem odd to think about snow in August, but recently I’ve been pondering barriers. To reach a hospice patient in rural Spokane County last February, our team battled treacherous roads and even climbed a massive snowbank to get to the patient’s house and deliver needed care. You might not expect that of hospice and, like me, may not even be aware of what hospice entails until someone close to you receives a life-limiting diagnosis. When this happened to a family member 11 years ago, I discovered what hospice truly is: care with dignity, which allows patients to remain at home in their last days while honoring their life and their wishes. Hospice, in short, provides patients with peace of mind and body, all while enabling families to give quality care to their loved one, with expert support to lean on while doing so.

Lance Gurel: City of Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins is right, but he could not be more wrong

In recent spats with constituents and civic leaders, Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins has asserted his right to dictate the terms of the public comment period at Spokane Valley City Council meetings. Whether it is rigid adherence to a three-minute time limit (a time limit he previously reduced from six minutes) or his admonishment that public comment is a “privilege, not a right,” the terms and existence of a public comment period at Spokane Valley City Council meetings are totally at the mayor’s discretion.

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An inspiring message

On Sept. 28, 2018, I served as a substitute teacher at Kettle Falls High School. In the room where I taught was a statement by Albert Einstein, who was one of the most brilliant human beings to have ever lived. His statement on the wall read, "It's not that I am so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."

We’re used to him

We were not surprised when the president hawked his Doral hotel at the G-7 summit or by his melodramatic response to the Justice Department's criticism of Comey. Whatever he does, he's become one of those kids everyone lets off the hook: "That's just Donnie." I'm not talking about his base and followers in the GOP. I'm talking about us.

No fear here

As contributing authors to a recently published research article cited in the Spokesman-Review on Aug. 28, we wanted to provide a disclaimer to the misleading headline – "Childhood Obesity Link? Parental Fear."

Helping the homeless

I wish I couldn't write this letter but unfortunately I have some knowledge on this topic via family members. First of all it does not matter how much money we spend – nothing will change the addicts unless they want to change. I have attended multiple graduations from treatment programs, so I can state that unless the person wants to change, no program nor any amount of money can create the change.

Where are the leaders?

I speak from the outside looking in. I am a longtime, long-distance volunteer for the NIC Booster Club. I have been following the turmoil at NIC as the newspapers spin the situation and different persons write their impressions.

Homeless housing idea

With all of the discussions about providing more services and housing for the homeless and the heated discussions on where the housing should be located, I have a suggestion.