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Saturday, April 4, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Guest Opinions

Economy will not survive long shutdown

The effects of the COVID-19 virus in the Inland Northwest will be enormous on many dimensions. While policies certainly should focus on public health, economic impacts and societal effects cannot be ignored in the process.

Robin Pickering: To the parents protesting SB 5395: Concerning Comprehensive Sexuality Education

To the parents who believe that you are capable of providing your child with all they need to know about sexuality, relationships, anatomy, how to counteract messages they receive online, puberty, and affirmative consent, etc. … I believe you. Or, rather, I believe some of you. I also believe that some of you are capable of teaching your child trigonometry. But most of us aren’t.

Morhaf Al Achkar: Who lives and who dies?

I could soon be the physician following a policy that determines who would be denied medical care. At the same time, I could be one of those forbidden care if I needed it.

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Tom Toles

Syndicated Columns & Other Voices


Thank you Spokesman-Review

Thank you Spokesman-Review for your continued commitment to getting the paper out during these confusing times. Knowing I’ll be coming home after work and be able to read the latest news has calmed me and helped me maintain a sense of normalcy.

Adjust school terms

I read with sadness your article "Losing Senior Year." From the ways things are going, it seems unlikely schools will return to class as scheduled on April 27. Articles I have read say that remote learning isn't going very well since schools and families were not set up to do it.

Fairground screening

I would like to send thanks and appreciation to our local health care providers. Feeling poorly last weekend my wife and I traveled to the fairgrounds to get tested for COVID-19. I have to share what a very pleasant and positive experience it was.

Testing importance

Here’s a thought about the importance of getting tested for the coronavirus if you get sick: the value of immunity. I’m aware of recommendations that you not get tested unless you are sick. Today, If you get a cold or flu symptoms, it could actually just be a cold or the flu and you wouldn’t necessarily know if you had a mild case of the coronavirus or not. However, getting tested to confirm (or not) that you have the virus can answer this valuable question since the majority of people being infected with the virus recover.

Solutions are needed

The current crisis dictates we cast budget worries aside to save our economy, help the millions of people suffering, and prevent social unrest. Although I am concerned with our mounting national debt, when the house is on fire, we cannot worry about the water bill.

Republican irony

Experts? We don't need no stinking experts! Now our very lives depend solely on the knowledge and wisdom only experts can provide.


Editorial: Innovia makes the right changes to preserve public trust

The Innovia Foundation has served this community well for decades and largely done an excellent job reflecting its values. That’s why the revelation this month that the foundation had been a conduit to give money to a white nationalist group shocked the community so deeply. One mistake that has been quickly corrected, however, shouldn’t undermine the public’s trust. A study by the Southern Poverty Law Center and Council on American and Islamic Relations revealed Innovia had made a $5,000 donation to a group called VDARE over the opposition of its outgoing CEO. In all, the foundation made several grants totaling less than $40,000 to the group.