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Editorial: Dinner with a side of contact tracing

The COVID-19 danger isn’t over, it’s entering another phase that will continue to require public cooperation for the health of everyone.

Editorial: Don’t let incumbents run without challenge

Candidate filing week for this year’s local and state elections is here. So far it looks like too many incumbents will get a free pass to re-election.

Editorial: This is the perfect time to reform the K-12 calendar

Life in Washington will change in many ways, some of them permanent. And one of those changes should be the length of the school year.

Editorial: Gov. Inslee, let the Legislature help

Now that things have stabilized, Gov. Jay Inslee needn’t go it alone. State lawmakers are ready to help, and they should have a seat at the table as so many …

Editorial: Washington must restart its economy soon

During the first weeks of the COVID-19 outbreak, America focused on saving lives and preventing the disease from spreading at all costs.

Editorial: Don’t protect tenants by sticking it to landlords

Leaders have scrambled to mitigate the worst effects of the coronavirus outbreak where possible, but in a crisis, rushed decisions are sometimes bad decisions. Snap eviction moratoriums are among them.

Editorial: Don’t let local news become a victim of coronavirus

Without local journalism, social distancing becomes social isolation. Yet the COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a cruel blow to local news sources. Never have newspapers and their readers needed each other …

Editorial: Innovia makes the right changes to preserve public trust

The Innovia Foundation has served this community well for decades and largely done an excellent job reflecting its values. That’s why the revelation this month that the foundation had been …

Editorial: Don’t give tribal casinos a monopoly on sports betting

There’s an urgent situation in Washington state that requires

Spokane gets a wake-up call on U.S. 195

If the letter from the Washington State Department of Transportation to Spokane City Council President Breean Beggs was meant as a wake-up call about the U.S. Highway 195 corridor, mission …

Editorial: Revise the noise ordinance so everyone understands the rules

Spokane and its police department have made a mockery of state and city laws against excessive noise. Despite improvements in recent months, they have failed to consistently and appropriately respond …

Editorial: Give both stadium options full consideration

The debate over where to site a new stadium in Spokane sets competing visions and priorities against each other. But both sides partly miss the fundamental question.

Editorial: Give Spokane County Point 09 to help compete with Idaho

A plan to give Spokane and other border communities a leg up called the Point 09 proposal is kicking around the Legislature this year. It deserves passage for the good …

Editorial: City and county should press for transparent union negotiations

The city of Spokane and Spokane County now require transparency in public-sector union negotiations. They should push hard to enforce those laws, even as lawyers fight over them.

Editorial: Don’t gut public records laws to serve public sector unions

State lawmakers must take perverse pleasure in keeping Washingtonians in the dark. Having returned to Olympia, Democratic legislators are pushing a sneaky bill that would wreak all kinds of havoc …


The tragedy on Silver Mountain is a reminder of the high risks involved – and the importance of preparing for what you hope never happens.

Editorial: Local and state priorities for 2020

The new year brings a new political season to Spokane and all of Washington. Here are some key issues that voters should keep an eye on in 2020 as state …

Editorial: Sacred Heart’s financial woes point to deeper health care challenges

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, the region’s most important provider, is operating in the red. The real challenge, however, is much bigger than one hospital.

Editorial: Rep. Matt Shea should resign

State Rep. Matt Shea will best serve his constituents by resigning immediately. He can no longer represent Eastern Washington effectively in Olympia. Voters knew about many of Shea’s radical extracurricular …

Editorial: Council hopes the public is too busy wrapping presents to notice budget shenanigans

If the public doesn’t get a chance to comment on major spending changes, the City Council shouldn’t approve them. Transparent government of the people is as simple as that.

Editorial: Start over on Spokane’s landlord-tenant ordinance

The Spokane City Council made a wise decision when it shelved a proposed landlord-tenant ordinance.

Editorial: Stevens County Commissioners need to go

Any Stevens County Republicans who ever thought about running for local office ought to start talking to neighbors and preparing to launch a campaign. The county’s three commissioners deserve to …

Editorial: Firefighters union deserved more than a scolding for campaign violations

The state Public Disclosure Commission, which enforces campaign finance laws, concluded that two labor-backed political action committees violated the rules during the hotly contested Spokane mayoral race. Then it let …

Editorial: Transportation, city leadership should be priorities in election aftermath

Washington voters last week handily

Editorial: Election roundup

A roundup of The Spokesman-Review’s recommendations for the Nov. 5, 2019, ballot.

Editorial: Three council candidates to keep Spokane moving forward

Three Spokane City Council positions are on the Nov. 5 ballot. These are very competitive races with strong candidates and no easy decisions.

Editorial: Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake endorsements

Over the past few weeks, we’ve offered recommendations to voters on initiatives and in local races that appear on the Nov. 5 ballot. Today we have a few final suggestions …

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. …

Editorial: Treloar, MacFarlane and Morrison for SPS board

Having studied the candidates’ records and positions on the issues, we recommend Katey Treloar, Kelli MacFarlane and Kevin Morrison for the Spokane Public Schools board.

Editorial: Let’s get started on Nov. 5 ballot

While Americans have focused tremendous national angst on next year’s presidential elections, Washingtonians shouldn’t forget that there’s an election coming up Nov. 5. Over the next few weeks, we will …