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Sue Lani Madsen

Sue Lani Madsen

An architect and rancher, she writes a column for the Spokesman-Review as a correspondent.

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SATURDAY, FEB. 16, 2019

News >  Column

Sue Lani Madsen: ‘Training young women to be leaders’

Blowing and drifting snow made it impossible to get home from Spokane last Saturday. It was a tough day, and not because of the weather. Five judges interviewed 19 high energy young women for the Lilac Royalty Scholarship Court. There were only seven openings, and twelve girls to be disappointed. I was one of the judges.

SATURDAY, FEB. 9, 2019

SATURDAY, FEB. 2, 2019

SATURDAY, JAN. 26, 2019

News >  Spokane

Sue Lani Madsen: Consider a dose of skepticism when tweets go viral

Going viral can be deadly. In “The Great Influenza,” a history of the 1918 pandemic, author John M. Barry describes a century of research to isolate the origin of the deadly influenza virus. It only took four days to track down the source of the Covington High vs. Nathan Phillips virus, but it was already too late to undo the effect.

SATURDAY, JAN. 19, 2019

News >  Spokane

Sue Lani Madsen: Housing Policy Forums, the end of the beginning

Spokane Councilman Breean Beggs described it as “the end of the beginning.” In opening remarks at the last in a series of four housing policy forums, Beggs pointed to the “suite of ordinances” passed at Monday’s City Council meeting as a first step in removing barriers to new multi-family and infill housing.

SATURDAY, JAN. 5, 2019

News >  Spokane

Sue Lani Madsen:

Independent cattle producers have a problem with the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). It’s the same old NAFTA rules with a new name.

SATURDAY, DEC. 29, 2018

News >  Spokane

Sue Lani Madsen: Campaign season is over – sort of

The brief December interregnum is over. For political parties and elected officials, the end of one campaign means it’s time to launch the next. A dozen candidates have already filed with the Public Disclosure Commission for the 2019 municipal elections in Spokane County.

SATURDAY, DEC. 22, 2018

SATURDAY, DEC. 15, 2018

News >  Spokane

Sue Lani Madsen: When dealing with housing, start by defining the problem

It’s possible to develop decent policy without formal stakeholder meetings or a multiyear million dollar study by experts. But it’s difficult-to-impossible without a good definition of the problem. A problem statement was lacking at last week’s public meeting on future housing policy for the City of Spokane.

SATURDAY, DEC. 8, 2018

SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2018

SATURDAY, NOV. 24, 2018

SATURDAY, NOV. 17, 2018

SATURDAY, NOV. 10, 2018

News >  Spokane

Sue Lani Madsen: Sparring the Spokane way

There’s a tough match-up next Tuesday evening in the boxing ring at the Howard Street Gym. No fisticuffs expected, only fact checking and flourishes of humor for the fifth edition of “Rhetoric in the Ring.”

SATURDAY, NOV. 3, 2018

SATURDAY, OCT. 27, 2018

SATURDAY, OCT. 20, 2018

SATURDAY, OCT. 13, 2018

News >  Spokane

Sue Lani Madsen: Politics as a team sport

It’s the 4th quarter and the game is tied. The red and blue teams are both looking to score campaign points with undecided voters, who will have to make the call when ballots drop next week.

SATURDAY, OCT. 6, 2018

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29, 2018

SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2018

SATURDAY, SEPT. 15, 2018

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 2018

FRIDAY, AUG. 31, 2018

News >  Spokane

Sue Lani Madsen: Underground economy discussion brings out the hypocrites on both sides

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018, 6 p.m.

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