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STA's Proposition 1 is a needed investment

Spokane Transit Authority’s Proposition 1 on the upcoming Nov. 8 General Election ballot would raise sales tax 2/10ths of 1 percent to pay for regional transportation improvements. According to information from STA, if approved by a majority of...

 

Initiative 735 is needed to fix campaign finance issues

The feigned outrage over the Clinton Foundation by Republican operatives is the height of hypocrisy, but most people won’t realize this. “Never heard of it.” This was a response I got all too often as I went door-to-door as a volunteer...

 

Our renewable fuels rules are stuck in the past

The Environmental Protection Agency recently released its renewable fuel rules for 2017. Private energy companies will be required to produce at least 18 billion gallons of renewables next year, over half a billion more than this year. That’s a...

 

Human decency is what moves civilization forward

The Remember a semi-comic Cold War movie, “The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming”? A deadly Soviet Union nuclear submarine, capable of killing millions of Americans, suffered engine trouble and was forced to surface in a little New...

 

Learning a significant lesson in respect

Editor’s note: The PACE (Partners Advancing Character Education) character trait for September is respect. A few weeks ago, my daughter received a lecture about showing more respect at home. It was not the first lecture of its kind. In true...

 

It's National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, start listening

In trying to find a topic for this week’s column, I came across an image that was making the rounds on social media. The picture was of a person with the caption “Just found out there’s a number to the suicide hotline I can text now! Relieved...

 

Lucky to have good firefighters

As rural residents and farmers and ranchers we are very fortunate to have dedicated and hard working firefighters from Spokane County District 3 and as residents near the Spokane-Whitman County line we have great support from St. John, Rosalia and...

 

Tom Hastings' views are anti-military

Back on July 21, Tom Hastings’ commentary was a flame thrower aimed at Donald Trump and everything military. Last week his commentary railed at Republicans and their support of the military. He says the “Big Lie” is any Republican challenge to...

 

Local restaurant offers up unexpected burger delight

To those who know me, or read this paper, it is no secret that have I lived a million miles of memories on the road. So it may surprise you that the best burger I have had in quite some time, was in Cheney. The Top of the Line Restaurant provided me...

 

Cat-calling not as innocent as one may think

Most of us at some point in our lives were walking down the street and we heard a complete stranger whistle or shout at a woman, complementing on their body or their clothes. Or it might have been a driver honking at someone and asking for their...

 

9/11 anniversary is a reminder of freedom's vulnerability

This Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon — now knowingly referred to as 9/11. In the days leading up to it as well as Sunday itself there will be many remembrances of that awful...

 

Trump rhetoric puts citizens at risk

My son and daughter-in-law instruct farmers worldwide in sustainable agriculture. They’ve worked in Muslim countries without incident for over 10 years. But now they fear for their safety if Donald Trump is elected president. Even before Trump was...

 

Change needed in 5th District

How many of you think this country is progressing in the right direction? How many of you think that our Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is representing and supporting your positions? How many of you can count on being heard when you call, send a...

 

No tax and spend politicians

What is the new frame for Republican Senate candidates? In Arizona, John McCain claims that once Hillary Clinton is elected, only he and the Rs can stop her from reckless spending. This is the general “Big Lie” used by Republicans over the years...

 

Late fire season serves as a reminder to us all

For the better part of the summer of 2016, the Inland Northwest has been living on borrowed time when it comes to wildfires. It was just a year ago, as school was about to start, that a dingy horizon and smelly air greeted us for seemingly days on...

 

The best laid schemes of mice and men make fine excuses, too

“The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.” Author John Steinbeck borrowed these well-worn words from poet Robert Burns when he wrote his 1937 novel, “Of Mice and Men.” Today, the word “scheme” is often replaced by...

 

Wind energy payments contribute to local roads 

The Mower County Board of Commissioners recently voted to dedicate revenue from local wind farms to road repairs and maintenance. The payment, likely $330,000 to $500,000 each year for a 10-year period, will contribute significantly toward fixing...

 

Focusing on the positive can help relations

Concert goers to hip-hop/jazz/funk/reggae artist Micheal Franti and Spearhead’s recent appearance at Spokane’s Knitting Factory as part of his “Power to the Peaceful” tour were treated to over two-and-a-half-hours of danceable music with...

 

U.S. Olympic success leads to Internal Revenue Service gold

Guess who was among the first to welcome our Olympic athletes back home from Rio? None other than the IRS. For U.S. athletes, winning an Olympic medal comes with pride, glory — and a hefty federal tax bill. According to TIME magazine, Michael...

 

Endorsement dishonors, disrespects others

Washingont 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers endorses and supports a person to lead our nation who disrespects and dishonors the very citizens of the nation he wants to lead. Cathy has not unendorsed or unsupported this person, thereby...

 
 By Dan Kish    Opinion    August 18, 2016

President is wasting America's energy windfall

Oil imports could soon be a thing of the past. That’s the main takeaway from a new report from Nordic consulting firm Rystad. Researchers estimated the total recoverable oil reserves still buried under American soil. The final figure is...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    August 18, 2016

Airway Heights Recreation Center can be benefit to many

The dream of Airway Heights having its own recreation center is one step closer to becoming a reality. Airway Heights’ Proposition 1 bond initiative, which would help fund a proposed $13 million recreation center, is expected to pass with 61.12...

 

Investors want high tech companies to save water

Recently, Bloomberg reported that investors in massive data centers are making water availability a critical measurement in their decisions — especially in drought-ridden California. Data centers, giant buildings packed with servers which power...

 

Debates should be more important than football

Good, political discourse has been hard to find in this presidential election year. Not that it’s easier in other years – mudslinging, name-calling and other forms of personal attacks seem all too common methods for gaining the highest office in...

 

Getting help from where you might least expect it

So there I was, slogging my way down a foot path carved along the slope of a rainforestcovered Guatemalan mountain in the fading twilight of a late-July Saturday evening. My head, shoes and cargo pants were soaked by the torrential rain, my pants...

 

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