SATURDAY, FEB. 16, 2019
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
“How do you tell
SATURDAY, FEB. 2, 2019
Less than a month old and the Spokane fair elections ordinance has already drawn fire. The target is its chief proponent, City Council President Ben Stuckart.
SATURDAY, JAN. 26, 2019
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
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
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
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
Local talk radio personality Rick Rydell has been off the air in Spokane for two years. He abruptly announced he was taking a sabbatical from KXLY in December 2016, amid speculation over a pending appointment in the Trump administration.
SATURDAY, DEC. 15, 2018
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
If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase, or with the acute hearing of dogs, a dog whistle refers to a sound pitched so high only a dog can hear it. When applied to politics, it’s often just another way to insult people.
SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2018
Mom always said people don’t really change as they get older, they just get more and more like themselves. Apparently so do countries.
SATURDAY, NOV. 24, 2018
Food, glorious food. The centerpiece of every holiday. Whatever your Thanksgiving tradition, food is the constant whether it’s turkey with sausage stuffing or vegan roasted pumpkin with riced cauliflower dressing. What could be more basic to human existence and thus worthy of thanks?
SATURDAY, NOV. 17, 2018
Heading over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house next week will undoubtedly trigger a few family disagreements at the Thanksgiving dinner table. If not over politics, over child-rearing.
SATURDAY, NOV. 10, 2018
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
Health care reform has been a political slogan generator for over a decade. Repeal and Replace! Medicare for All!
SATURDAY, OCT. 27, 2018
The contrast between Voters’ Pamphlet statements by U.S. Senate candidate Susan Hutchison and incumbent Sen. Maria Cantwell sparked more than a few jokes.
SATURDAY, OCT. 20, 2018
The grassroots origin of the 1912 initiative and referendum process has been invaded by noxious weeds.
SATURDAY, OCT. 13, 2018
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
The Washington State Department of Archeology – Indiana Jones they’re not
SATURDAY, SEPT. 29, 2018
It’s been a gut wrenching week for anyone following the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and a teachable moment to discuss community norms and parents’ role in underage drinking.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 22, 2018
Accountants in private practice usually avoid wading into politics, at least not publicly. They can’t afford to, their clients cross partisan lines.
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.