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Insurance program for school employees is about to start working

I’ll have to switch doctors. It’s not fair. It’s too expensive. And, the be-all, end-all complaint: The whole thing just won’t work.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for October 31.


Tom Toles

Cartoon for October 30.


Brett McGurk: Baghdadi’s death underscores what we’ve lost in Syria

The details of the raid that took down Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi speak to larger truths about Syria – and to what we have forfeited with the sudden U.S. retreat across …


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for October 29.


Timm Ormsby and Alisha Benson: I-976 bad news all around

I-976 is bad news for everyone who lives and works in the Spokane region..


Clay Bennett

Cartoon for October 28.


Tom Toles

Cartoon for October 28.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for October 28.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Women are not the ones who need fixing

Ernst & Young’s June 2018 training seminar was


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.


George F. Will: Weak political parties smooth the way for demagogues

There are political moments, and this might be one, in which worse is better. Moments, that is, when a society’s per capita quantity of conspicuous stupidity is so high and …


Tom Toles

Cartoon for October 27.


Jeff Danziger

Cartoon for October 27.


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 …


Marc A. Thiessen: Democrats’ impeachment inquiry will backfire

Democrats are making no effort to win over Republicans, much less make a vote against impeachment difficult; they’ll have a hard time getting buy-in from the American people.


Andrew P. Bakaj and Mark S. Zaid: Whistleblower’s identity is no longer relevant

Much of what has been disclosed since the release of our client’s complaint exceeds the whistleblower’s knowledge of what transpired. There is no longer any justification for exposing their identity.


Ramesh Ponnuru: What liberals don’t get about Facebook, facts and freedom

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s instinct is to err on the side of allowing people and groups to post what they want. It’s the right instinct.


Michael Cain: What I learned serving the homeless

The current election season has highlighted homelessness as one of the region’s most pressing issues. I’d like to add the perspective of someone who has worked extensively with the homeless.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for October 26.


Trudy Rubin: Trump demolishes machinery of diplomacy just when America needs it most

Donald Trump (along with Mike Pompeo) is wrecking the State Department at a time when tough, smart U.S. diplomacy has never been needed more.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for October 25.


Randall D. Eliason: Republicans’ ‘due process’ arguments are nonsense

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and other Republicans have attacked the non-public impeachment inquiry as a sham and a violation of due process. But these objections are baseless.


Robert J. Samuelson: The inflation mystery

The virtual elimination of inflation is one of the great uncovered stories of our time.


Milbank: The words that could end a presidency

He was straight out of Foggy Bottom central casting. Lean and bespectacled, with neatly combed gray hair and a pressed charcoal suit, William Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, …


Tim Eyman: Reject dishonest vehicle taxes, vote yes on I-976

Taxpayers are getting ripped off, everybody knows it, and politicians refuse to fix it. That’s why 352,000 voters signed petitions to get Initiative 976 on the ballot. Taxing a $10,000 …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

Paul Dillon, Lili Navarrete and Sarah Dixit: Will the next Spokane mayor enforce the law, or play politics with women’s rights?

Will the next Spokane mayor enforce the law, or play politics with women’s rights? Voters have a choice.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Andrew Crane-Droesch: The White House didn’t like my agency’s research. So it sent us to Missouri.

I joined the Economic Research Service (ERS) in 2016. The agency never has a perfectly smooth relationship with any White House: Its studies have contradicted rationales for policy ideas ranging …


Robert J. Samuelson: Why we should impeach and remove

It is widely assumed that few Republicans, if any, will support impeaching President Trump, but events are moving so fast that this could change. I hope it does.


Christine Opiela: Protect home health in Washington for Medicare seniors

As Washington state’s senior population continues to grow, providing patient-preferred home health care will only become more important. Passing the Home Health Payment Innovation Act would go a long way.