Gary Crooks joined The Spokesman-Review in 1997. He is editor of the Opinion section and a member of the Editorial Board.
SUNDAY, DEC. 17, 2017
UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017, 1:32 p.m.
It’s been a privileged perch, and I am grateful. However, politics has changed – and not for the better – and the impact on journalism is profound.
Continue reading this post » SUNDAY, JULY 9, 2017
Sun., July 9, 2017
The mainstream media is a fair target for criticism, but you have to ask yourself this when you dismiss it as a legitimate source of information: Compared to what?
Continue reading this post » FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017
UPDATED: Fri., July 7, 2017, 2:14 p.m.
SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 2017
Sun., June 25, 2017
To cut through the dense fog of political rhetoric, I started a glossary of euphemisms, slogans and everyday jargon.
Continue reading this post » SUNDAY, FEB. 26, 2017
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 1:35 p.m.
Love him or hate him, Donald Trump has upset the political dynamic, and that has posed a challenge to editorial page editors across the country.
Continue reading this post » SUNDAY, FEB. 19, 2017
Sun., Feb. 19, 2017
Calm, substantive argumentation has been overwhelmed by full-on personal attacks from writers of all political persuasions.
Continue reading this post » SUNDAY, JAN. 1, 2017
SUNDAY, DEC. 4, 2016
Sun., Dec. 4, 2016
Many of Donald Trump’s supporters applaud his communication style, saying it bypasses the mainstream media filter. That’s one way to look at it. Another is that it allows him to duck substantive questions. He hasn’t held a press conference since July.
Continue reading this post » SUNDAY, NOV. 13, 2016
SUNDAY, NOV. 6, 2016
Sun., Nov. 6, 2016
If your letter was passed over, my apologies. If you want to increase the odds of being published next time, follow these tips.
Continue reading this post » SUNDAY, SEPT. 11, 2016
Sun., Sept. 11, 2016
We could come up with a solution to fully funding basic education in Washington state: “A Modest Proposal for Preventing Children From Being a Burden to Wealthy Taxpayers.”
Continue reading this post » SUNDAY, SEPT. 4, 2016
Sun., Sept. 4, 2016
The reality is that patients in other countries are charged less for health care services and drugs across the board, because their governments make it so.
Continue reading this post » SUNDAY, AUG. 28, 2016
Sun., Aug. 28, 2016
“Rigged” suggests an inside job. But elections are state-by-state ventures run by secretaries of state, and 28 of them are Republicans.
Continue reading this post » SUNDAY, AUG. 21, 2016
Sun., Aug. 21, 2016
Plan after plan has been agreed upon over the years only to fall apart when it came to time to screw up the courage and find the funding. Last session, the Legislature agreed on a plan to make plan to do just that. Now Bryant is a man with a plan for a plan.
Continue reading this post » SUNDAY, AUG. 14, 2016
Sun., Aug. 14, 2016
The movie “Spotlight” packed an emotional wallop with ink-stained journalists because of its expert depiction of how we think, work and even dress (too quickly). To most moviegoers, it was a detective story about the tawdry corruption of a powerful religion. To newsrooms, it was about us. It opened with a scene that’s become all too familiar in newsrooms: the ceremonial cake, jokes and remembrances for a departing journalist (who probably won’t be replaced).
Continue reading this post » SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016
SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2016
Sun., June 5, 2016
Social media shaming is rampant, but nothing new. It also happens with predictable frequency in comments after news articles about traffic accidents and other mishaps.
Continue reading this post » SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2016
SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2016
Sun., May 22, 2016
We used to sign the editorials, but many readers believed them to be solely the view of the authors. Editorials are meant to reflect the view of the board, not just the author.
Continue reading this post » SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016
Sun., May 15, 2016
“Who are you to tell me how to vote?” That’s not a new complaint, but it has gained momentum in this hyperpartisan era where the distinction between reliable information sources and the rest has been blurred.
Continue reading this post » SUNDAY, MAY 8, 2016
Sun., May 8, 2016
He can’t bridge the divide with photos of lunch, and he certainly can’t do it by denying an African-American newspaper press credentials to his Spokane appearance.
Continue reading this post » SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2016
Sun., May 1, 2016
My life would be simpler if I could just forward emails and voicemails that ford the morality moat and take a battering ram to my beliefs.
Continue reading this post » SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2016
SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2016
Sun., April 3, 2016
If one could pigeon-hole a religion by merely reading its holy works, why are there so many denominations that spring from the Bible?
Continue reading this post » SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2016