America desperately wanted this book. America desperately needed it, too. That’s why “Fire and Fury,” by journalist Michael Wolff, which purported to be a fly-on-the-wall, inside view of life in the Trump White House, shot to Number One on Amazon.com last week after Donald Trump’s lawyers tried to suppress it. It’s why bookstores had to back order.
Behavioral psychologists like me look at the problem of self-control as a result of the human trait of being more strongly influenced by immediate, small rewards and less strongly influenced by delayed, larger punishments. Think immediate pleasure from smoking, eating too much unhealthy food, engaging in unprotected sex and driving gas guzzlers vs. delayed heart and lung disease, obesity, unwanted pregnancies and global warming.
A recent Spokesman-Review article informs us that bureaucrats in Washington have ruled out the use of seven words or phrases in Health and Human Services documents. One of those words is "fetus." that word is now politically incorrect.
Can Washington please stop coming up with more ways to raise our taxes? Latest vehicle registration: still $30 for registration but now another $50 for a "weight fee," plus other fees. Kinda blew that initiative out of the water, eh? Then, if they can't get what they want in property taxes due to a different initiative, they simply reassess your property value. Taxes raised $29/month just the other day. They say they're now taxing manufactured homes like they do regular stick-builds. My property assessment went up about $31K overnight! Can these people guarantee that I can sell for what I'm being assessed at? I'm gonna die here.
If Trump is innocent, why does he act so guilty? If Republicans want justice, then why are they attacking the very foundations of justice? Case in point, Republican Rep. Francis Rooney calling for a purge in the FBI, falsely claiming political bias.
When I think of how the new tax bill is being sold to the public, it reminds me of my years in Liberia, under President William Tubman. Tubman was dearly loved by the poorest in the country, which actually didn't make any sense at all. But, needy citizens would come to his office for financial help – for a funeral, a wedding, or just hard times. He would gladly oblige with a gift of up to $500. In fact, he had envelopes marked with various amounts of money already prepared to distribute.
A big thank you is deserved by The Spokesman-Review for its Difference Makers series. In this time when national politics are broken and implementing positive change on a national level seems like a hopeless endeavor, it is critical we point out those in our community making real change for the better of all.
I differ from Mr. Miller's opinion ("Ferguson being childish," Dec. 25), suggesting our attorney general Bob Ferguson is just being a nuisance to Trump over internet neutrality, when actually Mr. Ferguson is defending our First Amendment freedoms online. The internet has become the most important human communications tool in history, surpassing traditional media for its versatility and the freedom of how it can be accessed and used. It is that freedom the opponents of internet neutrality, the traditional media conglomerates, do not like so much.
For President Trump, a lot is riding on the economy in 2018. If it continues to do well, it should bolster his popularity and his claim that he understands it better than his critics. But if it slows or drops into a recession, it would weaken that claim -- perhaps his strongest selling point.
One of the fundamental principles of civil disobedience, from Thoreau to Gandhi to Dr. Martin Luther King, is: do the crime, be prepared to do the time. It’s a time-honored tradition seen by protesters as the cost of bringing broader attention to their cause. But some activists are asking courts in Spokane and elsewhere to ignore this principle. If they succeed, they not only will undermine the rule of law, they will cause grave risk by encouraging others to commit illegal acts that put themselves and others in danger. Environmental activists who have been charged for disruptive and potentially life-threatening protests have convinced some judges, in our state and in Minnesota, to allow them to present the so-called “necessity defense.” This rarely available criminal defense excuses law breaking when necessary to avoid an obvious and imminent greater harm. For instance, trespassing on private property to escape a vicious dog could be deemed “necessary.”
On tonight’s “Idaho Reports” on Idaho Public Television, host Melissa Davlin interviews House Minority Leader Mat Erpelding, D-Boise; and reports on how Idaho counties are grappling with problems bringing their ...
TRANSITIONS -- The Outdoors Blog is evolving. After nearly 41 years as Outdoors editor at The Spokesman-Review, Rich Landers has officially retired. He will continue writing occasionally as an Outdoors ...