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December 22
  • Parents’ best gifts last lifetime

    Page A7 My parents didn’t spend too much time worrying about how my brother and I would turn out as adults. If we were happy doing whatever we were doing when we …

  • Thank an officer

    Page A7 This is in response to Kathy Pintler’s letter about lethal threat. How long should a police officer wait until a person with a gun raises the weapon and fires a …

  • Ski expansion is wrong

    Page A7 So sad to read of the Mount Spokane expansion. All the downhill skiers will be happy, but how about the rest of us?

December 21
  • Smart Bombs: A constitutionalist context

    Page B8 Video shot at the Spokane Valley Mall shows a deputy explaining why the Sheriff’s Office needs a mine-resistant, military-style vehicle. He replies, “We’ve got a lot of constitutionalists and a … 23

  • Editorial: Foundation has been established for ongoing police reforms

    Page B8 To appreciate how far Spokane has come with police reforms, it helps to remember where we were. In the summer of 2006, Police Department leaders were sticking with the pre-video-release … 8

  • Kathleen Parker: California fire case worthy of cinema

    Page B8 First there’s the spark, then the conflagration, followed by the litigation and then, surely, the movie. Call it “Moonlight Fire,” and prepare to suspend disbelief.

  • Guest opinion: Profiling is not always harmful

    Page B9 U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has promised a campaign to end profiling “once and for all.” This despite the fact that, as former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani recently …

  • Jamie Tobias Neely: Don’t respond to racism with silence

    Page B9 We’re less than a week from Christmas, and it’s tempting, so tempting, to change the conversation to anything but that deeply uncomfortable one: race. That topic seems difficult to broach …

  • Sharpen car coverage

    Page B9 I was pleased to see a more objective view on electric cars in the Dec. 16 Spokesman-Review article, “Electric cars aren’t so green, study finds.” The fact that this article …

  • Random act of kindness

    Page B9 My wife buys a lot of soft fleece to make throw blankets for seniors and small children. The other day she was in Hancock Fabrics getting material to make throws …

  • Pass the fruitcake

    Page B9 There are many things that symbolize the Christmas season, including fruitcake(s).

  • Support healthy lunches

    Page B9 Once again, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers says she wants schoolchildren to have access to healthy options, but she votes to delay implementation and to ease school lunch nutrition standards. Because …

  • Ditch the MRAPs

    Page B9 What the deputy said on Dec. 7 (ironic that date) was indeed what law enforcement officers, public bureaucrats and civil services have been led to believe through federal training programs …

December 20
  • Editorial: County contract for bad check collection needs hard look

    Page A10 Larry Haskell earned The Spokesman-Review’s endorsement for Spokane County prosecutor in part because of his pledge to better explain his decisions and make the workings of his office more transparent … 3

  • Charles Krauthammer: ‘Lone wolf’ terrorists fed from abroad

    Page A10 The lone wolf is the new national nightmare, dramatized and amplified this week by the hostage-taking attack in Sydney, Australia. But there are two kinds of lone wolves – the …

  • Froma Harrop: Today offers eerie parallels to ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

    Page A10 What is it that makes the holiday movie classic “It’s a Wonderful Life” feel so ancient? It’s the relationships, but which ones? Not George Bailey’s warm and loving family. We …

  • Guest opinion: Senate report on torture a sad chapter for U.S.

    Page A11 “I would absolutely do it again,” said a defiant Dick Cheney. This in reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing how the CIA tortured suspected terrorists in a brutal …

  • Notes on Chesney

    Page A11 While it may be instructive for some people to know more of the details concerning the departure of city of Spokane Planning Director Scott Chesney, two things are evident in …

  • Make guns illegal

    Page A11 Instead of taking away some people’s guns, maybe we should make all guns and bombs illegal. No police guns, no military guns, no hunting guns. No one should be allowed …

  • No hats at meals

    Page A11 When I go to a restaurant for dinner or any other meal, looking around I find that there are more and more men wearing hats. I guess that most of …

  • Aesthetically, not so grand

    Page A11 Walk north on Washington Street through downtown and you’ll notice the stately Paulsen Center on your left, its elegantly stepped massing, its subtle embellishments and patterns, its human scale in …

  • Road tax plan unfair

    Page A11 Eastern Washington is more rural than the west side of the Cascades. Therefore, I believe this road tax usage proposal to be unfair to those of us who do not …

  • Protesters had a point

    Page A11 Initiative 594 states that “transfer” means the intended delivery of a firearm to another person without consideration of payment or promise of payment including, but not limited to, gifts and …

  • Comply with officers

    Page A11 I am having a hard time following the logic. We should have our police shot at, and possibly killed, before they are allowed to defend themselves? I happen to think …

  • Faulty tire leglslation

    Page A11 Due to faulty tires created by Firestone, Congress passed the Tread Act. The act mandated the use of suitable tire pressure monitoring systems in most passenger vehicles. The cost of …

  • Land of the scared

    Page A11 I grew up in the 1950s, watching heroes like John Wayne acting in war movies. The central theme was that we were the good guys and the Germans and Japanese …

  • Gun idea is dangerous

    Page A11 Normally, I would not respond to letters that were posted in The Spokesman-Review, but after reading a Dec. 14 comment called “Lethal threat comes first,” I decided that something needed …

December 19
  • Editorial: Consider the big picture of police camera issue

    Page A13 Technology outed the outer. Timothy A. Clemans, the Seattle man whose request for police camera footage underscored the many unanswered questions about their use, concealed his identity as long as … 15

  • Amy Goodman: Failed Cuba policy finally collapsing

    Page A13 The failed United States policy against Cuba, which has for more than half a century stifled relations between these neighboring countries and inflicted generations of harm upon the Cuban people, …

  • McMorris Rodgers absent at VA

    Page A13 Before the mid-term elections, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was all over television telling us how she supported veterans. Was she at the Spokane Veterans Administration hospital meeting Dec. 8, where …