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Wednesday, July 15, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Guest Opinions


Each of my three Black children has been the subject of mistreatment, discrimination, profiling and racist epithets from schoolmates, teachers and coaches – and from those who “protect and serve.”

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Clay Bennett cartoon

Syndicated Columns & Other Voices

Karen I. Shragg: Backyards without birds?

This spring, thousands of Americans took up a new hobby – birdwatching. It’s one of the fastest-growing pastimes. Over 45 million in the U.S. now consider themselves birders. And coronavirus have given people more opportunities to enjoy these beautiful creatures.


Thank you for caring

This is a “Thank you” message to all those shopkeepers, cashiers, food producers, delivery persons, health-care workers, et al., who wear face masks when in public; and to all those who practice social-distancing when possible and appropriate.

Prioritize our Christian values

Christians know that Christ always showed compassion to the poor and the needy. He united himself with them when he said, “Whatever you did to the least brothers of mine, you did to me.” In this time of a pandemic, the most vulnerable include the sick, the elderly, the home-bound, those with underlying health conditions, the unemployed, the uninsured, and many others. Hospitalization for COVID-19 can bankrupt a family, rendering them the least of our brothers and sisters.

Live the golden rule

As an elderly white woman who attempts to follow the teachings of Jesus, I have come to the late understanding that, by virtue of living seven-plus decades in a dominant culture that privileges me over people of color, I am a racist.

Lucas for senator

Recently I heard Dave Lucas speak. I was impressed with his knowledge of the issues and his compassion for people. His vision is to give voice to all people in the 3rd District, and to work for better economic policies that support jobs and reduce tax burdens.

Faith in the younger generations

We are all from the same place, our mother's womb. However, once we emerge from that womb our life experiences, expectations and aspirations can be very different depending on our race, religion, gender identity and where we were born on this planet.


Editorial: Show your support for local news

Local news faces unprecedented challenges. First the internet changed everything. Then hedge funds started buying up newspapers and vivisecting them for profit. Now a pandemic has slashed an already-strained advertising model. If local newspapers are to survive and serve their communities, they need help, help like the Local Journalism Sustainability Act.