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Military also adjusting to nationwide worker shortages

When our military is viewed as an employer, it has the same problem as the private sector; attracting qualified people to fill jobs. In today’s vibrant economy, there is an abundance of “Help Wanted” signs. Even though our armed forces have...

 

Thanks for a successful Cheney winter coat drive

You did it again, Cheney. It will be a warmer winter for many thanks to the hard work and generosity of the Cheney community. A total of 478 coats were donated to this year’s coat drive, the second largest donation ever. Of those, 353 were given...

 

Cardinal volleyball snubbed by league, Free Press

As parents of a daughter who played on the Medical Lake Varsity volleyball team this season, we have followed the program for the last six years. Over those years we saw the ups and downs, the wins and losses, the joys and heart aches. We saw this...

 

Initiative 1631: investing in health and resiliency

The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released in October was a wake-up call to countries all across the world. The report describes the continued rising seas, wildfires, and more frequent and extreme storms we have been...

 

I-1631 costs too much, does nothing for climate

When you live in Eastern Washington, particularly outside of the city, you spend a lot of time in the car. Driving long distances is a necessity here, whether for business or just to see friends and family. That’s why I dug into the facts on...

 

Brown will break the gridlock of divisiveness

As I write this I am still in a state of shock. We recently had a yard sale in our rural neighborhood. I was told that a “conservative” person declined to come to the sale because we were “too liberal.” We don’t have a sign at the end of...

 

Brown should disavow Obama endorsement

All candidates should be consistent in their views and no candidate should accept support when the person endorsing her has admitted to a dubious past when they were a teenager. It is best to put distance from these types of people with a troubled...

 

Jessa Lewis is the more qualified candidate

Please don’t be fooled by a recent mailer urging voters to write in Joe Pakootas instead of voting for a very qualified candidate, Jess Lewis, in the upcoming 6th District senate race. Pakootas was shocked to see this false mailer, and has stated...

 

CMR backpedals on health care support

In 2010, the Affordable Care Act was passed. People with diabetes, folks previously priced out of the health insurance market by their pre-existing condition, were able to afford insurance. As an ophthalmologist I was able to save or restore the...

 

Debates gloss over McMorris Rodgers' record

So far, I have watched three of the four debates between Lisa Brown and Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The moderators largely ignore how McMorris Rogers has been voting against the welfare of women, children and families. Back in 2014, at a town hall...

 

Brown's entitlements, deficits don't compute

So let me get this straight. Lisa Brown supports universal health care, free education and all the other entitlements now on the books of the federal government, which represent the majority of the U.S. budget. And she is adamantly against the...

 

Brown will not eschew science in decisions

Once again, Cathy McMorris Rogers is attempting to lower the allowable PCB pollution standards for the Spokane River. Does the importance of our river’s health vary depending on which party is in power? Apparently so…especially if it’s the...

 

Brown won't screen constituents questions

I have tried to be open minded and evaluate the candidates for Congress from the 5th Congressional District in a reasonable manner. In addition to extensive research, I have attended live town hall meetings for both candidates. I also participated...

 

Not responding to media seldom kills a story

In his 2011 book “Republic Lost,” author Lawrence Lessig relates a story told him from a member of congress, who was faced with returning phone calls from his hotel room after a hard day of campaigning. Lessig said that upon returning to his...

 

Demand drives supply - we must control demand

I was reading a book the other day with the television as background noise. The book wasn’t very good, so I was waiting for something other than a political ad when a statement caught my ear. I can usually ignore statements I disagree with, but...

 

Brown doesn't endorse those who hang with thugs

What would you do if your child was found hanging out with thugs? I imagine first sitting the child down to attempt to uncover how it happened. Setting some limits and seeking help. Perhaps even moving depending on how severe the situation. What if i...

 

The choice is indeed clear in 5th District - it's Cathy

 The tax increases and policies that Lisa Brown has supported throughout her political career clearly show she believes in bigger government. Citizens must remember that every dollar the government takes from us is one less dollar of our own...

 

Brown supported cuts in funding for college students

I am sure I’m not alone in being stunned at how much Lisa Brown was paid by Washington State University. She earned more than $1 million in three years working for WSU in Spokane. On top of her $364,000 salary, it recently emerged that Lisa got an...

 

Most people want effective government, not inflexibility

Recently, a group of concerned private citizens formed an organization called “People For Effective Government” or “PEG.” We come from all walks of life with one common goal: to bring more civility to public discourse and to encourage less p...

 

Vote to retain Judge Shelley Szambelan for Position 10

As a practicing attorney and member of the West Plains community I encourage everyone to vote to retain Judge Shelley Szambelan for Spokane County Superior Court Position 10. Judge Szambelan has the patience, intelligence, integrity, ethics,...

 

McMorris Rodgers is reason for good veteran healthcare

Working in ticketing at the Spokane County Fair, I met a gentleman with a “Vietnam Veteran” cap. After I thanked him for his service, we had a pleasant conversation.  He told me when and where he had served and added that he’d been diagnosed...

 

Celebrate 'Adopt a Dog' month by doing just that

I never thought I would be a dog person. Growing up, my mother was afflicted with devastating allergies that prevented us from having pets. As a teenager, I liked other people's animals, but was more...

 

Voting made easy isn't necessarily voting made better

By FRANK WATSON Contributor I got my voter’s pamphlet in the mail this week. I have more than ample time to study the issues and fill out my ballot before the November deadline. Once I have my ballot filled out and mailed, I no longer need to pay...

 
 By MEL GURTOV    Opinion    October 18, 2018

The many ways Saudi Arabia is getting away with murder

In March I wrote about the visit to Washington of Saudi Arabia’s new leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. At the time most of the media were reporting uncritically about him and his regime. In fact, most were glowing in their praise of Salman...

 

Brown will get things done in Washington D.C.

As long as I have known Lisa Brown, which is close to 30 years now, she has had a well deserved reputation for getting things done. When people tell me they are voting for Lisa Brown because they are very dissatisfied with the poor performance of...

 

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