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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, SEPT. 15, 2018

SATURDAY, SEPT. 8, 2018

FRIDAY, AUG. 31, 2018

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

SATURDAY, AUG. 11, 2018

SATURDAY, AUG. 4, 2018

Sue Lani Madsen: The James Allsups of this world are not the Republican Party

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

SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018

SATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018

SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2018

Sue Lani Madsen: Farmer to farmer with Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue

UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018, 12:29 p.m.

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018

SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2018

Sue Lani Madsen: No more newsboys

UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 12:24 p.m.

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

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2018

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018

Sue Lani Madsen: Regressive progressives in Seattle

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

Sue Lani Madsen: Rural America must move past mental health stigma

UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

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

Sue Lani Madsen: The media’s different takes on a dam bill

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 21, 2018

Sue Lani Madsen: Sensible reforms in the 2018 Farm Bill

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

SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018

SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2018

SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2018

Rangeland firefighting provides model for ranchers and government workers to collaborate

UPDATED: Sun., March 25, 2018, 2:48 p.m.

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