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Opinion

Guest Opinions

Jeremy Field: Journey for women entrepreneurs full of risk, determination and support

Imagine being a business owner applying for loan and being told in order to qualify for financing you need a male co-signer. Believe it or not, this was legal in some states as recent as the 1980s until the passage of The Women’s Business Ownership Act in 1988. It’s hard to believe practices like this have existed in our lifetime. But if you listen to women entrepreneurs, stories like this are common. They demonstrate the journey for women entrepreneurs is challenging and requires strength, grit and perseverance. During Women’s History Month, we salute women entrepreneurs who take risks in pursuit of their passions and who see setbacks as steps to something bigger and better.

David Condon and Ben Stuckart: Time to come together for WSU Health Sciences

The WSU Health Sciences campus is a place where Spokane’s past and future meet. Once a rail yard, the campus is now the flagship of a statewide health sciences enterprise where more than 1,600 students study medicine, nursing and pharmacy. It’s the workplace for some 940 faculty and staff, and the colleges located there brought in $32.5 million in external research funding last year.

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Jim Morin


Syndicated Columns & Other Voices

Letters

HB 1706 ignores SSI

I am the parent of an adult with a disability, and I oppose HB 1706/SB 5753. I believe everyone deserves a living wage, whether or not they are disabled, but HB 1706 won't accomplish this.

Support long-term care act

The Long-Term Care Trust Act (HB 1087) has passed in the state House and is now moving through the Senate. I urge you to support this bill. Why? Because this will develop a public long-term care insurance that people will be able to use to care for their spouse, partner or family member if they should need care. This will prevent the family from using all their savings to pay for the care and also save the state money as families will not have to use state-paid Medicaid as soon.

Waffling over time change

I've heard that the state legislature is considering staying on daylight saving time. They've voted to mull over the concept and that there will be a referendum on the November ballot. As a previous letter I wrote pointed out, representative democracy means we want our elected officials to take stands. While others might be confused about how that works, it matters.

Stuckart’s contradictions

It is really rich to read about City Council President Stuckart complaining about government overreach by the Clean Air Agency regarding asbestos control on remodeled buildings. From attempting to tax railcars passing through Spokane, enabling homeless blight, sanctuary for illegals, mandatory helmet laws, etc., he has been nothing but government overreach and control of citizen's personal responsibility.

Demonizing disagreement

Again, Shawn Vestal pontificates against the evils of those with whom he disagrees.

CDC doesn’t sell vaccines

I would like to say that one of my favorite pastimes while I have my morning coffee is to read the letters to the editor. I especially enjoy reading letters that have different viewpoints from my own ... they make me think. My politics are very much centrist. I do lean a little liberal but am willing to accept good solutions to problems no matter from where they come.

Editorials

Editorial: Let Spokane manage park lands

A 30-year-old ballot measure hamstrings Spokane Park Board management plans by forbidding it from selling surplus property without asking voters for permission.