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Michael Gerson: Pathogens couldn’t care less about Italian politics

FLORENCE, Italy – It was here in 1614 that Tommaso Caccini preached a sermon in the church of Santa Maria Novella denouncing Galileo and other scientists who held the heretical view that the Earth circles the sun. This was one of the main triggers that brought Galileo to the attention of the Inquisition. There are many monuments to Galileo in Florence. None, at least that I’ve seen, to the Dominican friar who persecuted him. But in Italian politics, the spirit of Caccini – the sacrifice of scientific reasoning to ideology – remains at work.

Spencer Gage: Tiny homes could solve homeless problem

Spokane is currently growing at a rapid rate, adding 20,293 members to our community from 2016 to 2017, according to, a site focused on the population of different communities around the world. Although a growing community is beneficial to Spokane, there are many persistent problems that occur with growing cities all over the U.S., one of the most pressing being homelessness. On trips to Seattle, I’ve seen giant homeless camps all over town, and it makes areas of Seattle look uncared for. Spokane soon could be headed for the same fate, for I am starting to see more homeless on the streets, sleeping on sidewalks covered in blankets or in tents. It’s a common myth that many homeless people choose to live their life on the streets, but according to, a website where people can volunteer and help those in need, only 6 percent of homeless people choose to be homeless. That means 94 percent, given the chance, would love to turn their life around, and a tiny-home community provides the perfect opportunity to do so.

Joe Heller

Cartoon for December 11.

Marc A. Thiessen: China tried to strike at Trump – and missed the mark entirely

“When you strike at a king you must kill him,” Ralph Waldo Emerson once said. Well, this year China tried to strike at President Trump for daring to launch a trade war with Beijing – and missed the mark entirely. After Trump imposed massive tariffs on Chinese goods earlier this year, Beijing responded in June with what appeared to be a clever strategy: targeting retaliatory tariffs against Trump voters in rural farming communities across the United States. China is the largest importer of U.S. soybeans, buying $14 billion of them in 2017. Three of the biggest soybean-producing states, Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota, not only voted for Trump, but also in the 2018 midterms had Democratic senators – Joe Donnell, Claire McCaskill and Heidi Heitkamp, respectively – who were up for re-election. If Beijing imposed painful tariffs on soybeans, Chinese leaders likely calculated, they could create a rift between Trump and rural voters who put him in the White House, give Senate Democrats a boost and force Trump to back down.

Jim Morin

Cartoon for December 10.

Joe Heller

Cartoon for December 10.

Tom Toles

Cartoon for December 9.

Higher-ed investment essential

We celebrate the investment the state has made in K-12 and ask legislators to now focus on funding education beyond high school.

A valuable heritage at risk

Sadly, Spokane’s military and aerospace museum had to vacate its facility when the rent was raised to an unsustainable level.