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Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal

Shawn Vestal joined The Spokesman-Review in 1999. He currently is a columnist for the City Desk.
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SUNDAY, JULY 22, 2018

SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018

TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2018

Wanted: Trust in Spokane police force

UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 1:09 p.m.

It was January 2016, and Spokane police Officer Chris McMurtrey had a man in his cruiser who he had arrested in a domestic violence case. The man taunted and threatened McMurtrey, who lost his cool and unleashed a profane tirade against the suspect. McMurtrey’s body camera captured the incident, including him stopping the car to more forcefully berate the suspect.

SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2018



SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2018

TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2018

Shawn Vestal: Airway Heights water worse than feared

People living around Fairchild Air Force Base drank water contaminated with a chemical found in firefighting foams, probably for decades. In the year since the pollution was discovered in city wells, residents have gone from bottled water to home water filters, and city officials have negotiated a temporary deal to access Spokane aquifer water. The goal has been to find clean water, not clean the dirty water. It’s a good thing, too, given that a new federal report indicates the water around the base was dirtier than previously known.


Shawn Vestal: The myth of the immigration ‘emergency’

A faulty assumption has continually been employed to justify the current anti-immigrant zealotry, and it goes like this: We are being flooded with illegal immigrants. They are coming in an unstoppable wave. They are threatening our very way of life.

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018

SUNDAY, JUNE 10, 2018

FRIDAY, JUNE 8, 2018


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SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2018

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018

Shawn Vestal: Eichstaedt steps down, but leaves a legacy of civic improvements

Try and picture the legal and political landscape of Spokane without the Center for Justice. On issue after issue, it is almost impossible to imagine the same results without the involvement of the center, its clients and the man who’s led it for the past six years, Rick Eichstaedt. Whether or not you share the center’s progressive vision, you can’t dispute that it’s been woven durably into the city’s civic life.


Shawn Vestal: Lack of action on safe storage for guns another sign lawmakers won’t deal with school shootings

UPDATED: Wed., May 23, 2018, 6:32 a.m.

A modest proposal: If you own a deadly thing – a thing that, when it does what it is meant to do, can kill people – then you should be held at least partly responsible if somebody else gets their hands on your deadly thing and kills people. Say you own a tiger. You love your tiger. You are an excellent, law-abiding tiger owner who can ensure that your tiger does what it is supposed to do – play in its enclosure, eat the meat you toss in, jump through hoops – and not what it is not supposed to do – maul children.

SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018

FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018


SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018

Shawn Vestal: The state of Liberty may not have a shot, but it’s heady fiction

As the concept of an Eastern Washington “Liberty State” – a far-right fantasyland of God, guns and free-cattle-grazing envisioned by Spokane Valley conservatives – evolves from a bad 100-year-old idea to bad contemporary idea, supporters are selecting the symbols that will define this would-be 51st state.