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Dr. Kim Thorburn: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fulfills mandate

The mandate of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is to preserve, protect and perpetuate the state’s fish and wildlife. It is an awesome and daunting responsibility.


Caroline Woodwell: University logos on beer ads send wrong message

Nationwide, universities are increasingly complicit in problems caused by alcohol both during and after graduation.


Rick Eichstaedt: Homeless fix requires adequate shelters

What is the solution for Spokane’s homeless? It is clear that the city must work toward more shelter space that is free of restrictions. This is the right thing to …


Maura Healey: Why we’re rejecting Purdue’s opioid settlement

Purdue Pharma, the drug manufacturer behind the addictive painkiller OxyContin, filed for bankruptcy Sunday. It has been a long time coming. In the past two decades, nearly 400,000 Americans have …


Chris McFaul: It’s time to help rural hospice patients

It may seem odd to think about snow in August, but recently I’ve been pondering barriers. To reach a hospice patient in rural Spokane County last February, our team battled …


Dr. Lisa Brown: Strengthening communities by coordinating approaches to homelessness

Homelessness is not just an urban problem, and neither are the solutions.


Sophia Ressler: Cruel Washington wolf killing also wastes taxpayer money

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has wasted millions in taxpayer dollars to create wolf management policies it has chosen not to follow.


Dan Wilson: Don’t sacrifice jobs for unattainable water quality standards

As a 46-year union member and proud supporter of the Blue-Green Alliance, I’ve never accepted the idea we had to choose between a clean environment and good, family-wage jobs; I …


Lance Gurel: City of Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins is right, but he could not be more wrong

In recent spats with constituents and civic leaders, Spokane Valley Mayor Rod Higgins has asserted his right to dictate the terms of the public comment period at Spokane Valley City …


Robert Rust, M.D.: Nuanced approach is needed for pain care

A recent article in The Spokesman-Review seems to blame physicians for overprescribing medication.


Tom Trail: Idahoans need relief from Rx greed

For too long, drug companies have been price gouging seniors and hardworking Americans.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 7, 2019, 6:02 p.m.

Don C. Brunell: Tacoma LNG project needs to happen

Projects like Puget Sound Energy’s liquefied natural gas plant on Tacoma’s Tide Flats are essential to both our environment and economy. It’s simply time to finish the project.


Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Tom Gurr: High-speed internet is basic infrastructure for the 21st-century economy

As technology becomes increasingly integrated into our businesses, health care, and education systems, it’s more important than ever to ensure that all Americans, especially those in rural areas, have access …


League of Women Voters of Idaho: Make your voice heard on preserving Prop. 2’s intent

Unfortunately, the Idaho Legislature has diluted the original intent of Proposition 2, the Medicaid expansion initiative passed by more than 60% of the voters.


Jennifer Sheehy: The dignity of work

On this 125th Labor Day, and every day, we at the U.S. Department of Labor honor and celebrate the contributions of America’s workers, and reaffirm our commitment to helping them …


Barry A. Bush: I-1639 serves as needless roadblock

Washington state needs to enact exemptions to I-1639 for those who have submitted to previous background checks via the FBI and military.


Spokane Regional Health District: Well-being of our children is paramount

The recent Guest Opinion about Baby Caiden (“Still work to be done in case of Baby Caiden,” Mary Ann Murphy, Aug. 15) was a disturbing example of how child abuse …


Karl Eastlund: Title X gag rule is about politics, not women’s health

Taking away access to care and silencing health care providers should not be a political strategy.


Mari Margil: Do your part to help with Alzheimer’s research

We must advance a comprehensive approach – at the local, state and national levels – to take on the challenge of Alzheimer’s. And, it’s important for each of us to …


Regina Malveaux: Washington is leading the way in disarming hate

Washington state has stood up to the gun lobby and their allies, including white supremacist militias. It’s time for our members of Congress to have the courage to do the …


Danielle Cloutier and Christy Plumer: Time to breach the salmon stalemate

If all stakeholders would work together, just imagine the economic benefit and cultural resurgence the Pacific Northwest would experience if we return to the wild salmon and steelhead populations of …


Mary Ann Murphy: Still work to be done in case of baby Caiden James Henry?

Caiden James Henry was the 10-month-old African American baby beaten to death by his white babysitter, Joshua Mobley, on Feb. 26, 2017. Questions remain about how this case was handled …


U.S. should revamp asylum process

Immigration law needs an overhaul – it’s been 30 years since the last comprehensive immigration reform. Here’s a proposal.


Jeff Roe, Dr. John Tomkowiak and Antony Chiang: Partnerships are key to expanding rural health care access

The divide between the health outcomes of urban and rural communities is stark. Access and quality are only part of the issue. The doctors who serve our rural communities are …


Jessa Lewis: We’re working for free – that’s bad for families and the economy

Washington state hasn’t updated our overtime laws for more than 40 years. That means if you’re working more than 40 hours a week, chances are you’re not getting paid for …


Jonathan Bingle: Smart investing by city can boost working families

Building a stronger Spokane will only happen if we support our working and middle class residents achieve economic opportunity and financial freedom.


Kate Burke and Julie Honekamp: STA should expand reduced fare program

Many of the city’s nonprofit partners and community leaders agree: Expanding the Spokane Transit Authority’s reduced fare pass program to all families and adults in need is the next logical …


Don C. Brunell: America’s renewed interest in the moon

With all of the attention on the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, many are looking ahead to the next half century of space exploration. Of particular interest is returning …


Karen McGee: Idaho charter school movement has created wall of ineffective bureaucracy

The Idaho Charter School Movement is failing. The schools are not failing. The leadership is failing.


Abbey McMahon: Cash bail system is unjust

It doesn’t take an issue expert to see how unjust our country’s system of cash bail is.