SATURDAY, SEPT. 15, 2018
Sign wars have been fierce in the 5th Congressional District campaign. Both sides are suspicious of an organized effort behind the thefts.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 2018
Two years ago, Kris Maynard had an idea and a patent pending. Two months from now his patented product will be on the market and his dreams are bigger.
FRIDAY, AUG. 31, 2018
It’s a great conversation nonstarter for Labor Day, but a good way to begin an argument. Mention how the complex web of labor regulations is driving the underground economy and you’ll be accused of wanting a return to sweatshops and child labor. Explain how President Franklin Roosevelt felt about public sector unions (he was against them) and clearly you support 18-hour workdays and unsafe working conditions.
SATURDAY, AUG. 18, 2018
It takes guts for a bureaucrat to act decisively without clear policy as a safety net. Fortunately for a young researcher treed by wolves, somebody had guts.
SATURDAY, AUG. 11, 2018
The dry reports of fire management can’t capture the flurry and swelter of the reality on the ground.
SATURDAY, AUG. 4, 2018
There’s no question James Allsup is a white supremacist. His YouTube videos and writings are full of traditional white supremacist rhetoric that would have been found in underground newspapers a generation ago. The Spokane County Republicans denounced him in June with this statement over Cecily Wright’s signature as chairman: “His past statements, affiliations and actions are deeply out-of-step (sic) with the values of the Republican Party, as well as the values of the Spokane County GOP and our members.”
SATURDAY, JULY 28, 2018
Sandwiched between a resolution on a $77 million bond proposal for library projects and an ordinance vacating an alley is a resolution declaring Spokane a nuclear-free community and calling for a day of remembrance on Aug. 6.
SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018
If you’re still waiting for your prescription refill authorization or a call back for a physician referral, it might have stalled on my mother’s kitchen table.
SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018
A one word substitution in last Saturday’s print edition of this column launched a lively social media discussion on fake foods.
SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2018
Monday’s smorgasbord of questions to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in Colfax was hosted by the McGregor Co., a supplier of seed, fertilizer, equipment and expertise to Palouse producers. Perdue took the stage and described his Georgia farmer credentials but made it clear he was there to learn what Pacific Northwest farmers have on their minds.
SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2018
The political bands connecting us are fraying. Civil communication is unraveling and common ground is elusive.
SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018
Empathy is a poor guide for policymaking, according to Paul Bloom, professor of psychology and cognitive science at Yale University.
SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018
No more newsboys. Those intrepid boys (and sometimes girls) who delivered newspapers by bicycle and on foot in the early hours before school have disappeared.
SATURDAY, JUNE 9, 2018
James Allsup wasn’t “elected” a Republican Party precinct committee officer as much as some in the media want you to believe it.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2018
It’s easy to convince ourselves that passing a law means a problem is solved, but not every problem is amenable to a legislative solution.
SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018
If the Seattle City Council had a mantra, it would be “most regressive tax structure in the country.” So last Monday the council voted unanimously to make it more regressive by passing a head tax.
SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018
Isolation, family pressures and economic stress are now recognized as major mental health risk factors. And the rugged Rough Rider image Teddy Roosevelt established as the archetype of American manhood makes it hard for many to seek help.
SATURDAY, MAY 5, 2018
After passage in Congress of HR 3144 on April 25, Rep. Dan Newhouse and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers held an open media call. It was interesting as an apprentice journalist to observe the journeymen at work during a virtual news conference. Public officials want to send messages, journalists don’t want to be messengers. But they send messages in every judgment call required to meet their deadline and word count. Journalists always go for numbers. The House vote was 225-189. In eight newspaper stories surveyed online after the news conference, every one of them grabbed this totally objective yet least useful piece of information, which appeared in the second paragraph in all but The Spokesman-Review, which rightfully buried it.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018
When politicians come together to address any issue, one question underlies all others: Do we need more or less government to solve the problem?
SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018
A makeover is underway at the site of Expo ’74, to “update and improve Riverfront Park for the next generation.” The 2018 Farm Bill needs to do the same for food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Like Riverfront Park, SNAP needs updating.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14, 2018
Whether you describe the future of health care as repealing or improving the Affordable Care Act, there is no simple solution. But there is agreement on the need for change to an increasingly unaffordable and too often physically inaccessible health care system.
SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018
Walk into The Spark on the WSU Pullman campus and it’s clearly all about high-tech high-performance. Except the bathrooms.
SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2018
What do a psychiatrist turned med school leader, rural American architecture professors, and a Chinese scholar from the walled mega-city of Xi’an have in common with a Spokane urban infill debate?
SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2018
Rural culture takes pride in self-reliance. Bureaucracies are built on the cult of the expert from out of town. They’ve found common ground in eastern Oregon and southern Idaho, collaborating to create a system of Rangeland Fire Protection Associations to coordinate the equipment and expertise of local ranchers with fire-fighting agency experts.
SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018
American producers have filed a lawsuit to support free trade and protect consumers of their product.