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Best path forward will be a data-driven, collective effort

The path forward (into the unknown, the uncertain) should always begin with a few cautious steps in the direction you believe intended, while checking your bearings along the way to …


Dan Mattos: Change would benefit Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office

Sitting on the sidelines watching the sheriff’s race grind along I cannot deny having a personal interest in the race. I have been a sworn police officer for 42 straight …


Teddy Benson: State needs to spend more to help struggling businesses

We need the opposite of austerity now. The state needs to increase, not cut, its investments in our communities.


UPDATED: Mon., May 18, 2020

George Wuerthner: ‘Temporary’ roads cause more than temporary damage

Temporary roads, however, are nearly as destructive and in some cases even more damaging to wildlife and wildlands in our national forests than a permanent road.


D’Artagnan Caliman: Helping student and youth homelessness now

Overwhelming evidence shows the detrimental ripple effects of COVID-19 on marginalized communities.


Back to the wild – it’s a whole new outdoor recreation world

Exploring the outdoors feeds our souls and helps keep us healthy, when done responsibly. Yet as we begin to again enjoy these benefits, we must keep the well-being of all …


Sophia Ressler: Washington’s cougar-hunting increase won’t improve public safety

Washington’s Fish and Wildlife Commission recently voted 6-3 to allow cougars to be killed at the highest levels in five years. It’s the latest misguided decision by a commission that …


Dr. Bob Lutz, Commissioner Mary Kuney, Alisha Benson and Mayor Ben Wick: Spokane has opportunity to show correct way to respond

Our patience will pay off. By working collaboratively and collectively, the Spokane region can be recognized as a community that did it right and succeeded in bringing its economy roaring …


Gina Petry: COVID-19 and child care: It’s time to fix this struggling system

The coronavirus epidemic has dramatically changed the face of child care in Washington State, while also raising clues about how to repair an inadequate system that has become much worse.


Inland Northwest Early Learning Alliance: Child care providers deserve support

The Inland Northwest Early Learning Alliance has been a champion of early learning in Spokane since 2006. As supporters of early childhood education, we are concerned about the impact of …


Marian Beaumier: When we cannot gather to grieve

Your loved one has died … and during this pandemic, you are left alone, without the supports that typically surround you. The rituals that help us bid our loved ones …


Morhaf Al Achkar: Racial disparities exist in pandemic

Speaking as a physician with a duty to care for the health of everyone, the health care system has failed marginalized African American communities – again.


Dr. Bob Lutz: Maintaining positive trajectory requires staying the course

We have been fortunate, so far. Mostly thanks to your willingness to abide by the “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order, more people are staying healthy and lives are being saved. …


Rep. Jenny Graham: Releasing criminals early will make our families and communities less safe

The COVID-19 epidemic should not be used as an excuse to weaken our justice system. Safety and compassion for all parties concerned should be achievable with a thoughtful plan, not …


Tom Karier: Time for a new Columbia River treaty

By delaying a new Columbia River agreement with Canada, the State Department is not only costing the Northwest valuable carbon-free power, it is also jeopardizing the health and safety of …


UPDATED: Thu., April 23, 2020

Judy Rohrer: The virus does discriminate

People are still saying “the virus doesn’t discriminate,” but we know that’s not true. The virus is hitting vulnerable populations the hardest – our elderly, those with underlying health conditions, …


Patrick Connor: Swift action needed to save small businesses, state economy

Small businesses can’t wait much longer for governors to allow them to safely and responsibly restart operations. Too many are teetering on the precipice of closing permanently, eliminating jobs deemed …


Ed Chung and Brett L. Tolman: Inslee’s targeted prison releases will make Washington safer for everyone

In prisons and jails throughout the country, incarcerated people are sitting ducks when it comes to the dangers of COVID-19.


Sen. Mike Padden: Inslee puts public at risk with illogical inmate-release plan

Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to release hundreds of inmates is ill-advised, illogical, and puts Washingtonians needlessly at risk.


Zack Porter: The “hush of the land” has never been more important

Today, few places deserve the same commitment and recognition more than the Great Burn, a 275,000-acre proposed wilderness on the Idaho-Montana border, one of the largest unprotected wildlands in the …


Lisa Brown and Russ Elliott: Broadband is critical public infrastructure in the age of COVID-19

The “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order has focused attention on the crucial role that internet connectivity plays in all of our daily lives.


Michael Baumgartner: The property tax deadline is extended, but please pay early if you can

Following my “state of emergency” extension decision, taxpayers in Spokane County have no legal obligation to pay property tax before the new June 15 deadline. However, for those of you …


Celebrate children and their educators

Join with us next week as we celebrate early childhood education in Idaho and recognize the early childhood educators who too often don’t receive the recognition they deserve.


Maia Espinoza: School closures highlight failure of public school system to fully embrace online learning

Microsoft, Android, Amazon – our state is home to some of the most innovative online inventors in the world. Yet, expenditures on technology in public education have only worked to …


Mary Cullinan: How do we meet our mission during a pandemic?

We’re all learning what a pandemic is, what terms such as social distancing and sheltering in place really mean. And we at Eastern Washington University are navigating these difficult times …


Silver Valley Community Resource Center: Sound aolutions for the Bunker Hill Superfund site

People of Idaho and Washington, it is time for public hearings and transparency to overcome the failures of the nation’s largest lead Superfund site. Make those calls, send emails to …


Eileen Delehanty Pearkes and Graeme Lee Rowlands: River treaty still crucial to Columbia’s health

The renegotiation of the U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty is an opportunity to reimagine and reshape relationships, not only with our northern neighbors, but also with the river itself.


Kurt Miller: In these times of crisis, know that the grid is in good hands

More than likely, we have yet to face the worst effects of the COVID-19 virus, but the region’s electric utilities have a plan to keep your electricity flowing and affordable, …


Economy will not survive long shutdown

The effects of the COVID-19 virus in the Inland Northwest will be enormous on many dimensions. While policies certainly should focus on public health, economic impacts and societal effects cannot …


Robin Pickering: To the parents protesting SB 5395: Concerning Comprehensive Sexuality Education

To the parents who believe that you are capable of providing your child with all they need to know about sexuality, relationships, anatomy, how to counteract messages they receive online, …