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Leonard Pitts Jr.: Democracy is always worth waiting in line

Six hours is time enough to steal a democracy. But it’s time enough to save one, too.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for March 9.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for March 8.


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

There’s an urgent situation in Washington state that requires


Tom Toles

Cartoon for March 8.


Vicky Dalton and Kim Wyman: What you need to know about Washington’s March 10 presidential primary

We respect that some voters don’t want to affiliate with either of these political parties and will choose not to participate in this political party decision. We just want you …


As the world goes sideways, a moment of grace

This week, violent tornadoes ripped through middle Tennessee and leveled neighborhoods across our region. Amid all the pain and confusion, I found cause for hope.


Tim Campbell

Cartoon for March 7.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for March 7.


Glen Nenema and Carol Evans: Sports betting in Washington state should be carefully limited and regulated

Our state Legislature has spent nearly two years evaluating how best to legalize sports betting, while minimizing any negative consequences. A growing, bipartisan group of legislators is supporting a bill …


Staffan De Mistura, Margot Wallstrom and Sahar Halaimzai: A Taliban peace deal at what cost?

It’s now clear that the Trump administration’s peace deal with the Taliban contains no meaningful provision for the protection of women and the constitutional rights that underline it.


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for March 6.


Anne C. Cowles: We need to fund education choice and restructure public education funding

How will we be an innovation economy with headquartered tech companies, if we don’t innovate in education through choices like public charters, magnet schools, and educational savings accounts to empower …


Lisa Benson cartoon

Lisa Benson cartoon for March 5, 2020.


Adam Knott, Brianna Diaz and Emily Thorn: Let’s ease restrictions on drug that treats opioid abuse

An estimated 2.1 million people currently suffer from opioid use disorder nationwide. In Spokane County, rates of opioid overdose rank higher than the statewide average. Two decades into this crisis, …


Sens. Mark Schoesler and Mike Padden: Bill to alter Washington’s redistricting process isn’t needed

As the old saying goes, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. That adage certainly applies to our state’s voter-approved redistricting process and a bill moving through the Legislature that …


Joe Heller

Cartoon for March 4.


Clay Bennett

Cartoon for March 3.


Jennifer Witherbee: Apple growers assist motivated students

Through voluntary contributions made by industry employers, the Washington Apple Education Foundation provides over $1 million in scholarship support to students annually. This year, 330 students are on college campuses …


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for March 2.


Tom Toles

Cartoon for March 2.


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for March 2.


Joe Heller

Cartoon for March 2.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: A eulogy for competence

Consider this a eulogy for competence. It’s an appreciation long overdue, but then, competence – the quality of being equal to the situation, of knowing what to do – was …


Lisa Benson

Cartoon for March 1.


Michael Ramirez

Cartoon for March 1.


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 …


Lori Otto Punke: Olympia should work to avoid more harmful tariffs

Last week, Washington state lawmakers began consideration of legislation that proposes the elimination of a reduction in the state business and occupation tax rate for the aerospace industry. The legislation …


Adam Jacobs: Idaho’s expanded Medicaid is good for the state

Thanks to Idaho voters and the commitment of state leaders to follow through on their wishes, more than 60,000 adults who could not access health coverage just a few months …


Surprised by Bernie Sanders’ rise? You shouldn’t be.

The rise of Bernie Sanders to front-runner status in the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination may have scrambled conventional wisdom, but one thing is crystal clear: Along with Sanders, …