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Guest Opinions

Natalie Sandoval: Idaho must protect renters

On June 9, Idaho Gov. Brad Little approved $5 million in emergency rental assistance to prevent pandemic-related income loss from forcing Idahoans out of their homes. More will need to be done to ensure no one loses their home due to the coronavirus, and it’s critical lawmakers continue to make policy choices that protect our health and economy.

Howard W. Braham: Steps toward real police reform

Speaking of police reforms: A few words of caution and clarity are needed concerning the front-page article by Adam Shanks in The Spokesman-Review about the city council and mayor’s discussions on police policy changes.

Bishop Thomas Daly: Church remains steadfast in identifying abusers

A June 11 article in The Spokesman-Review focusing on a Western Historical group included a few quotes from a Theodore Bradley, as well as a photo. It has been nearly 20 years since Bradley was permanently removed from ministry. The fault is not on the reporter or newspaper but with Bradley himself.

Chris Szlenk: Basic research funding and the NSF

UPDATED: Mon., June 29, 2020

Basic science research benefits everyone and prepares our society for unforeseen crises. Unfortunately, funding for basic science research has not kept up with levels necessary for sustained growth.

Jon Snyder: It’s time to rethink policing practices

UPDATED: Thu., June 25, 2020

Here’s something I’ve learned from serving as chair of the Spokane City Council Public Safety Committee. (My current role is working for Gov. Jay Inslee, where I do not advise on public safety matters. The views expressed here are purely my own.)

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Clay Bennett cartoon

Syndicated Columns & Other Voices


Unconscious racism

I was with some friends some time ago when the subject of immigrants came up. Some of my friends objected to immigrants, when I pointed out that I'm an immigrant too. The response: "But that's different, you're white and you speak English." I was shocked that these friends had no idea that they were unconsciously racist. If I were black and spoke perfect English would that have made a difference?

More than just statues

The New York Times ran an article on June 21 about removing a statue from the Natural History Museum in New York City. The article ended with examples of rioters and vandals destroying statues in other cities, including some of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The alleged claim is these statues being destroyed are "too offensive," according to the article.

Masks are a basic kindness

My mother told me many wise things when I was young, but two come to mind: "Goodness is its own reward" and "Think about how your actions impact other people." Both apply to mask wearing.

UFO sightings

Thank you for printing the page of documented UFO sightings in today's ("UFOs Over Washington," June 23) Spokesman-Review. I have personally witnessed a UFO and so have people I know. My only question is, why is knowledge of extraterrestrials being suppressed and by whom? Are they afraid it would have a disastrous effect on the world to know that we are not alone?

Support sex ed

In the Far Right’s twisted philosophy, they think they are being discriminated against when we won’t let them discriminate against those who disagree with them.

This is stifling

It was only a week ago half of the people were wearing face masks and half were not. And now the last week on Friday we are mandated to wear one. At the hottest part of summer. If we are in Phase Two they should not be mandatory. How can we move forward if we are in stagnation mode? While others are easing into reopening we are stuck.