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While people should take seriously the recent outbreak of E. coli food poisoning that triggered the alert, the fact that it was flagged early shows that the agency once known as the CDC deserves its upgraded name as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cartoon for December 2.
If he had run in any other year, he probably never would have become president. Limited political experience, no real connection to a mainstream party and a resume that screams “out-of-touch rich guy.” The majority of the electorate clearly had someone else as their first choice. But thanks to a series of historical accidents – notably, a late-breaking scandal that fatally damaged his opponent’s chances – he now holds the highest office in the land. Given this unlikely path to office, it’s hardly surprising that his approval ratings are dismally low. Or that he faces a swelling protest movement that occasionally turns violent. The country was voting against his opponent more than it was voting for him, and now that he’s exercising the powers they reluctantly handed him, they’re none too pleased.
A Chinese scientist’s claim to have created the first genetically edited babies has evoked widespread condemnation from the scientific community. Should we be doing this at all?
Cartoon for December 2.
It is hard to imagine two men more disparate in character than the 41st and 45th presidents of the United States.
The status quo approach to fish management is badly broken, and unless we make drastic changes, both salmon and steelhead will wink out.
Now that tempers have calmed and some time has passed since the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, it seems appropriate to explore ideas for preventing a repeat performance.
Many things are miraculous about the U.S. Constitution.
Climate change is not a problem to be solved for future generations. It’s affecting us, now, and it’s getting worse.
The federal government’s ‘Public Charge’ proposal toward immigrants solves no problem and makes old ones worse.
Cartoon for December 1.
The United States is composed of 329 million people spread over 3.8 million square miles. In population and landmass, it’s a pretty big place. But those are not the only criteria that matter. Morality matters, too. And on Sunday, by that measure at least, this country seemed rather small. That, of course, was the day we used tear gas against children.
The Washington Post reports on the latest plea deal with President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen: “President Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday in New York to lying to Congress about a Moscow real estate project that Trump and his company pursued at the same time he was running for president.
Cartoon for November 30.
While massive wildfires are historic, they are more dangerous today. Federal and state lawmakers must not only address wildfire suppression, but prevention.
Despite President Donald Trump’s allegations, Chief Justice John Roberts’ plea to respect the good faith of honest judges is what the country actually needs.
Cartoon for November 29.
As is evidenced by an emerging theme in several of Jim Kershner’s recent “100 years ago in Spokane” features, one century ago was both a celebratory and yet dark time in our county’s history – while America was celebrating Armistice Day, a global influenza pandemic was starting to hit home.
Cartoon for November 28.