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At a time when the state legislature is working to stretch tax money to cover education, continuing to expand WDFW’s land ownership and operating budget isn’t high on my list of priorities.
The Christian and secular traditions of Christmas should be put aside to celebrate peace, writes Spokesman-Review columnist Sue Lani Madsen.
We have a day to thank Veterans, Mothers, Fathers, Presidents, even Labor unions. It would be appropriate for Spokane’s Mayor Condon to issue a proclamation for a day of thanksgiving after everyone has the power back on.
The best child care and the most well-meaning bureaucracy will never have the power of a parent who holds a child accountable for working to his or her full potential, grasping opportunity, and striving to overcome the difficulty of improving their station.
Tinkering with a health insurance system built on outdated assumptions is at the root of dissatisfaction with the Affordable Care Act. We don’t need reform, we need a restart.
It’s open season for enrollment in health insurance if you choose to purchase it. Not much of a choice.
Election integrity is critical to combating voter cynicism. In Washington we have statutes that provide for systematic involvement of election observers representing major political parties.
Initiative 1401 is an exercise in ineffective redundancy that will do little to curb the poaching of elephants and other magnificent animals.
Editor’s note: Today we’re debuting a new voice in The Spokesman-Review’s news pages, Sue Lani Madsen. Her column will appear Saturdays on the Northwest page. Political analysis confirms that the liberal-conservative split reflects two different cultures: one based in metropolitan counties and the other in the small towns and rural communities of fly-over country. It shows starkly when looking at the U.S. electoral map, separated not by red and blue states but by red and blue counties.
A new sign announcing “The Philanthropy Center” went up this month at the old Chamber of Commerce building on Riverside Avenue. The landmark building – with its distinctive Italianate columns – is the new home of Empire Health Foundation. In the warm, light-filled space, the foundation’s staff and community leaders will grapple with solutions to pressing social issues, such as reducing obesity rates, helping families stay together and improving access to health care.
More than 70,000 people have signed up for health insurance in Washington state under the Affordable Care Act. Sue Lani Madsen is not one of them. In fact, Madsen and her family – facing big increases in premiums and deductible under Obamacare – are part of a class of the uninsured-by-choice: They are joining a Christian health care sharing ministry, an exemption explicitly allowed under the new law.
Seventy-five goats pushed past Reece Dobson as he opened the enclosure to a new area of pasture. Heads down, they tore into a thorny plant called prickly lettuce. Before they leave the enclosure, the goats will also munch their way through patches of spotted knapweed, dalmatian toadflax and other nonnative, invasive weeds.
OLYMPIA – As early bird candidates start to file their bids for a legislative seat in 2008, the region's most powerful lawmaker says she's resisting suggestions that she consider leaving the statehouse to run for state treasurer. "I think it's an intriguing idea – except that I think I have the best job already: Senate majority leader," said Lisa Brown, D-Spokane. Despite feelers from Democrats who think the economist would be a good fit when incumbent Democrat Mike Murphy steps down next year, she said, "I am almost certain to run for my seat again next year."