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Wednesday, October 28, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Guest Opinions

Lynette M. Fraga and Deeann Puffert: The COVID-19 math doesn’t work for Washington’s child care providers

This is a critical time for our economy. It is also a critical time for the most important workforce support of all – child care. Parents cannot work, no matter how essential they are, if they do not have child care for their children. Earlier this spring, nearly 6% of Washington nurses who responded to a survey reported they had to use sick time, or not work at all, due to not having child care.

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Clay Bennett cartoon for October 28

Syndicated Columns & Other Voices


The signs are all there

“The list of Trump’s offenses is long. He panders to racists and prevents sensible immigration reform in a nation built on immigrant labor and intellect. He tweets conspiracy theories. He’s cavalier about COVID-19 and has led poorly through the pandemic. He seeks to dismantle the Affordable Care act without proposing a replacement. He denies climate change.”

A bad idea

While I’m certainly not surprised that the Spokesman-Review (10/25/20) editorial would come out in favor of Trump for president, I’m nevertheless extremely disappointed.


Sunday's editorial endorsing Trump was not just disappointing, it was incomprehensible, considering "the long list of Trump offenses", plus the ones not listed - his habitual lying, his refusal to confront Putin about bounties on American soldiers and general sucking up to despots while alienating allies.

Separation of church and state?

I have not been to a Catholic church since the pandemic began, so my wife and I decided to go St Francis Xavier Parish on Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. The readings were on Matthew 22:21: "Jesus said "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; and to God the things that are God's." I know that "Caesar" represented the government during those times so it's like saying "give to government what belongs to government" - a clear separation of church and state.

Vote Dave Wilson

I have known Dave Wilson for 30 years in a personal and professional capacity, both of which inspire me to speak out in support of his run for the House seat in the 5th Congressional District.