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January 6
  • Editorial: Outdated pot law again stirs costly trouble

    Page A9 The outdated Controlled Substances Act of 1970 continues to act as a gateway to lunacy, with the latest example being a lawsuit filed by the states of Oklahoma and Nebraska … 8

  • Telltale adjective

    Page A9 Regarding Jim Barbieri’s Dec. 28 letter to the editor: Any point he was trying to make was completely overshadowed by his gratuitously irrelevant description of President Obama as “biracial.”

  • Learn from shooting

    Page A9 No question it is a tragedy a young mother was killed at the Wal-Mart by her toddler. But, there are no accidental shootings. All shootings are either deliberate or unintentional: …

  • Obama letter vile

    Page A9 The Spokesman-Review, you should be ashamed of yourself for the disrespectful, vile, hate-filled letter you printed from Jim Barbieri on Dec. 28 (“Obama has weakened America”). Never have I read …

  • Llamas ward off wolves

    Page A9 In a Dec. 22 story from NPR, a group of nuns run a ranch in Colorado. The Abbey of St. Walburga has cattle, a water buffalo and llamas. Their natural-bred …

January 5
  • Jay Ambrose: Reactions can worsen problem

    Page A7 So, 2014 is done for. It was a year that happily ended with a pickup in the economy and other blessings but also had its excruciating moments and sometimes something …

  • Gun safety for children

    Page A7 Regarding “Wal-Mart incident is second accidental shooting this year involving toddlers in Hayden” (Dec. 31 Web headline): The recent unfortunate incident at the Hayden Wal-Mart illustrates once again the need …

  • Pass judgment with care

    Page A7 What do some of you people want? You demand law enforcement act with gifted foresight, then condemn based on subjective hindsight. You demand perfection of outcome regardless of the lack …

January 4
  • Kathleen Parker: Our new comic book reality is a fragile one

    Page B10 A writer seeking profound pronouncements for a year-end column is likely instead to find herself awash in punchlines. Life isn’t a comedy. It’s a joke.

  • Smart Bombs: Whatever, it could be verse

    Page B10 For most people, it’s “Whatever,” which for the sixth straight year won the Marist College poll as the most annoying word or phrase. For me, it’s “No problem.” 7

  • Editorial: We need to track the impact of gun laws

    Page B10 Last Tuesday, a 2-year-old boy reached into his mother’s purse, unzipped the special gun pouch and triggered another debate about firearms. The sheer horror of this event is difficult to … 219

  • Anne Michaud: Stay curious, exercise moderation – and live long

    Page B11 Flipping the calendar to 2015 makes time seem fleeting, but some of us will have more years on this planet than we expect. Demographers tell us that centenarians – people …

  • Guest opinion: Public can’t afford to subsidize new water projects

    Page B11 Water is political currency. Politicians hold hostage worthy public programs in exchange for public funding of money-losing water supply projects. A case in point is the Central Arizona Project or …

  • Arrest prostitutes

    Page B11 Upon reading and hearing about the city of Spokane’s new proposed “John ordinance” involving prostitution on the streets of Spokane, I want to laugh but can only find sorrow in …

  • Value-based tax unfair

    Page B11 A Dec. 23 editorial, “Look beyond gas tax for funding of state’s roads,” included the statement, “In a not so distant past, Washington charged for vehicle tabs based on value. …

  • Running club overlooked

    Page B11 It was great reading about the award “The Outstanding Runner Friendly Community” that Spokane recently received. All the groups named in the article are part of why Spokane is such …

  • Whose pockets dredged?

    Page B11 Perhaps Glen Squires (Dec. 28) can tell us where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will find a place to dispose of the massive volumes of silt material (mud) that …

  • It’s a downward spiral

    Page B11 In the letter to the editor “Reactionaries abuse sacred texts” (Dec. 28), the writer tries to justify that legalizing same-sex marriage and disregarding the Bible “makes us a better society …

  • Learn English instead

    Page B11 Regarding “Station to switch to Spanish” (Dec. 28): How about those who don’t understand our language learn English. If they live here, they should join us instead of trying to …

  • Wolves are scapegoated

    Page B11 Regarding “Kill wolves on private land” (Dec. 30): I’m not a rancher, but I started my own business 26 years ago. I know what profit and loss is about, and …

January 3
  • Froma Harrop: Jolie critiques miss Hollywood’s real problem

    Page A10 Was Angelina Jolie unqualified to direct the big-budget World War II saga “Unbroken”? The movie tells the true story of Louis Zamperini, a champion runner and champion survivor – of …

  • Editorial: East Sprague prostitution crackdown a sound move

    Page A10 With pending street, sidewalk and other investments of as much as $32 million ticketed for East Sprague Avenue and adjacent blocks, the Spokane City Council is preparing to act against … 11

  • Charles Krauthammer: Nylon strategy for Cuba a pure giveaway

    Page A10 WASHINGTON – There’s an old Cold War joke – pre-pantyhose – that to defeat communism we should empty our B-52 bombers of nuclear weapons and instead drop nylons over the …

  • Christine M. Flowers: Hero worship can harm both sides

    Page A11 A few years ago, Charles Barkley got into a lot of trouble for making the audacious observation that sports figures didn’t need to be role models. Legions of fans and …

  • Lane Filler: As resolutions go, this one may be best

    Page A11 If making New Year’s resolutions worked, I would be down to some pretty insignificant flaws by now. I mean, I’m 44. If I started picking weaknesses to iron out at …

  • Monitored by technology

    Page A11 Aside from the tremendous cost, why would any intelligent individual want to be constantly monitored by technological gadgets for everything they do?

  • Befuddled by bashing

    Page A11 After reading Jim Barbieri’s letter to the editor, I realized I was completely befuddled. First he is talking about two crazy despots and then tries (weakly) to compare President Obama …

  • Consequences of fear

    Page A11 In October, here in Spokane, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told us the torture that she and the Bush administration approved wasn’t wrong or immoral because the Department of …

  • Corps wasting money

    Page A11 The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commander recently said that if dredging is delayed another year, $2 million would be wasted because costs would increase.

  • I-594 just the start

    Page A11 Allen Wall (Dec. 5) suggests that I move to Idaho because of my outrage over the passage of Initiative 594, an overt assault on liberty here in the “People’s Republic …