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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: City Hall infighting will leave people sleeping in the cold

The city is just about out of time if it hopes to do better than last year providing shelter to homeless residents. Temperatures this week could drop to freezing at …

Editorial: Privatizing the Public Defender’s Office is an idea worth exploring

Spokane County commissioners are interested in remaking the Public Defender’s Office into a private, nonprofit organization. But there’s a larger question that must be answered.

Editorial: “Curing Spokane” video doesn’t have a realistic cure

“Curing Spokane” is less a blueprint for solving acute challenges this region faces and more an indication of the depth of frustration with the lack of progress.

Editorial: Washington needs a new governor, not four more years of Inslee

Gov. Jay Inslee has been a fixture in state politics for three decades. Now that his second term as governor nears its end and his run for the Democratic presidential …

Editorial: Shea’s district needs a representative who gets results

Eastern Washington’s 4th District needs someone who can produce results, not just scandal.

Editorial: Avista gives Spokane an exciting vision for Upriver Park

Avista Corp. has

Don’t give up on East Sprague homeless shelter

Spokane City Council members shouldn’t give up on a potential homeless shelter in East Central, especially without a solid alternative that can be quickly implemented. Another winter without more public …

100 years ago in Spokane: Editorial implores aid not punishment for local addicts

The Spokane Daily Chronicle editorial page warned of a “Northwest dope ring” with tentacles in Spokane.

Editorial: An abundance of good candidates for Spokane school board

Overall, Spokane Public Schools is in a good place, but voters need to decide which candidates can best address the challenges the district currently faces and anticipate the next set …

Editorial: Northeast council race is the one to watch

Ballots went out at the end of last week for the Aug. 6 local primary election. Spokane City voters will find several competitive and crowded races for council. Mayor, council …

Editorial: A single, consolidated 911 system should remain the ultimate goal

The Spokane Regional Emergency Communications system will go live on Monday without the city of Spokane. The City Council voted unanimously to keep the city’s own 911 dispatch center in …

Editorial: Forget the library, dispel myths about homelessness

While Spokane’s

Editorial: Special representation for tribes on transit commission isn’t warranted

Democrats’ push to give the Spokane Tribe a seat on the Spokane Regional Transportation Council goes too far, for now.

Editorial: Allow low-income housing on Spokane Valley church’s land

The Spokane Valley City Council will consider whether to write an exception that would allow a

Editorial: Let cannabis businesses open bank accounts

Whether lawmakers support marijuana legalization or not shouldn’t be the issue. It is in everyone’s interest for the industry to be as safe as possible.

Editorial: Long waits for death certificates are unacceptable

Washington can do better. If the state is going to require toxicology tests in so many circumstances, it needs to fund the infrastructure to do it in a reasonable amount …

UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019, 1:57 p.m.

Editorial: Spokane’s delegation did well in Olympia

We recently spoke with Washington Sen. Andy Billig, D-Spokane, and agree with his bottom-line assessment of the 2019 legislative session. “It was an unusually good year for Spokane,” he said. …

Editorial: Title-only bills are an insult to democracy

As the legislative session wound down last weekend, Democrats used a constitutional loophole to cut the public out of debate and pass surprise tax increases.

Editorial: Ample school funding isn’t enough

The Washington Constitution requires “ample” school funding. Spokane and the entire state are learning that ample funding is not enough.

UPDATED: Mon., April 22, 2019, 10:41 a.m.

High school journalists were barred from a DeVos event. So they took her to task in an editorial.

The high school journalists were shut out of the roundtable, advertised as an “open press event,” because they had not sent in an RSVP to an invitation they had never …

Editorial: Spokane never gave up on its transit dream

The Central City Line will be a testament to the perseverance of local, state and federal elected officials, not to mention the folks at the STA who never gave up.

UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 2:21 p.m.

Editorial: Washington needs doctors; funding delays are senseless

Lawmakers from Spokane and throughout the state should do what they can to support and expand WSU’s new medical school.

Editorial: Let Spokane manage park lands

A 30-year-old ballot measure hamstrings Spokane Park Board management plans by forbidding it from selling surplus property without asking voters for permission.

Editorial: Lawmakers still want to keep secrets from Washingtonians

Wednesday’s weather provided a suitable backdrop for state lawmakers intent on passing a secrecy bill. Clouds hung low over Olympia, obscuring any sunshine, and snow statewide prevented people from attending …

Editorial: A statewide plastic bag ban doesn’t make sense

There is no question that plastic bag bans are a trendy environmental cause. But as with many causes, the facts do not support the fervor.

Editorial: Four local levies to support and one to question

Four tax proposals on the Feb. 12 special election ballot deserve an enthusiastic “yes” from voters. But one, the city of Spokane’s levy request, should give voters pause.

Focus on issues in this session

This year, lawmakers in Olympia should knuckle down, focus on the core issues, and leave the divisive political ones dead in committees.

Editorial Endorsement: Idaho’s Prop 1 is a bad bet

Idaho is a devoutly free-enterprise state, yet voters there are being asked to change state law to prop up one industry: horse racing. Proposition 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot …