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Wednesday, October 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Guest Opinions

Rob Masonis: The Phoenix in the Elwha

It is often difficult, if not impossible, to restore wild places to their former ecological and aesthetic glory once human development has altered them. But in some cases, the vitality of wild places can be recovered. The Elwha River on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula is such a place.

Bob Lutz: Behavioral issues only made worse

A previous guest opinion brought to light an unfortunate truth: Family violence and trauma is far too common, with its repercussions on adults and children having both immediate and long-lasting impacts.

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Tom Toles

Syndicated Columns & Other Voices

Andrew Crane-Droesch: The White House didn’t like my agency’s research. So it sent us to Missouri.

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019, 4:58 p.m.

I joined the Economic Research Service (ERS) in 2016. I wanted to use my academic training to do something in the public interest – I didn’t really expect to get involved in agriculture. Then I got absorbed in the subject: Humanity’s dependence on the environment is made explicit through our food systems; without the right combination of weather, soil and labor, nobody eats. Most people don’t need to think frequently, or ever, about the economics of honeybee pollination routes or the cost of the Federal Crop Insurance Program. But if they eat almonds (which are pollinated by bees) or pay taxes (which subsidize farm insurance), they need experts to make sure that food systems work efficiently and public funds are spent effectively. At ERS, we studied all aspects of food production, occupying an obscure but important niche: Many of our research topics wouldn’t make for an exciting academic tenure file, but had huge implications for policy.


False fear of sprawl

Again, another election cycle, another wave of misinformation. For all the Chicken Littles out there: an explosion of sprawl by the city of Spokane is not going to happen.

Lockwood a community advocate

I am a teacher with Spokane Schools, a member of the Spokane Education Association, and a trainer for Culturally Responsive Strategies. I support SEA's endorsement of Nikki Lockwood for School Board Position 1.

A constructive city council

Most citizens of Spokane do not desire city council members who have political and social agendas. The citizens have witnessed the deteriorating social conditions in Portland and Seattle, and they don't want to see those problems imported into Spokane either by pretending problems do not exist or by imitating those cities' policy mistakes.

Incumbents caused the problems

In the November election, we should consider electing new blood for mayor and city council positions in Spokane.

Voters need resources

The S-R got it right. Treloar, MacFarlane and Morrison are the better candidates for the Spokane school district.


Editorial: Choose new leaders for Spokane mayor and council president

Spokane will have a new mayor and council president after the November election, but there’s new and then there’s new. Two candidates are seeking promotions from their current elected offices. The status quo has left Spokane stalled on too many critical issues. We therefore recommend newcomers Nadine Woodward for mayor and Cindy Wendle for council president over those office climbers. They will bring much-needed balance to city leadership. The majority of the current council receives heavy backing from public employee and other unions. That has tied leaders’ hands when it comes time to make tough decisions about personnel and organizational structure. Spokane has seen that play out when it comes to everything from homelessness to the controversy over a combined dispatch center.