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  • Don’t Squander Natural Resources

    The American people don’t need to give up national parks, national forests and other public lands, as extremists in Congress propose. Rather, we ought to take better care of them, …


  • Restore Good Faith Along With City Gem

    Hong Kong businessman Ronald Wai Choi Ng did not come to Spokane and invest $12.5 million because he wanted to get in a courtroom battle with the local power company. …


  • Deputies Deserve Higher Salaries

    The new Kootenai County Board of Commissioners has done a remarkable job drafting a first budget. It spends less in property-tax dollars than last year’s. But the board was penny-wise, …


  • Solutions Needed For Child Safety

    It’s after dinner. What to do? You can watch “The Simpsons” or “Rescue 911.” You can go for a walk, a bike ride. You can read a book. Or ease …


  • Good Cause Always Worth The Fight

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton stopped wearing bloomers. They were much more comfortable than the corsets and petticoats and long skirts that women wore in the mid-19th century, clothing that even a …


  • Don’t Tread On The Grass Growers

    North Idaho grass growers proved again this week that they’re trying their hardest to make the best of a bad situation., The farmers voluntarily stopped burning their fields Tuesday afternoon …


  • Rash Of False Alarms Needs To Be Silenced

    Car alarms bleep, scream, bellow everywhere now in Spokane. When was the last time you really paid attention? Perhaps you thought: “Oh, it’s just the wind or some kids fooling …


  • Cadet Took Steps Forward And Back

    Shannon Faulkner found out last week just how hard it is to be a Citadel cadet. She’ll spend the rest of her life discovering how hard it is to be …


  • National Media Hits And Runs

    Long after the national pack moves on to the next hot story, the local press is left to deal with the fallout from its offensive behavior. Sandpoint residents, particularly those …


  • Phone, Fax, E-Mail? Stay Out Of Touch

    President Clinton is on vacation in Wyoming. He’ll read, hike, raft, camp, spend time with his daughter and wife. He’ll relax. We hope others take the lead from the man …


  • Survivors Can Help At-Risk Children

    Children come into our world totally dependent on the adults surrounding them. Some of those adults are alcoholics or drug addicts or so filled with rage that they beat their …


  • Organ Donor Work Made Mantle A Hero

    Mickey Mantle was one of the greatest baseball players ever, but he didn’t become a hero until shortly after his liver transplant two months ago. A true sports hero is …


  • Voters Should Be Judge Of Judges

    He received not one vote, but Paul Bastine has been elected a Superior Court judge for Spokane County. He may well hold elective office for years and never face the …


  • Well-Informed Voters Can Keep County Afloat

    Welcome to the USS Spokane County Commission, a leaky vessel running low on funds. The crew is on the verge of mutiny. Yet Captain Steve Hasson and his first mate, …


  • What A Long, Strange Trip It Was

    Jerry Garcia died of a heart attack in a California drug treatment center Wednesday, and there was genuine mourning in the land. He was not, by any stretch of the …


  • Environmentalists Engage In Overkill

    A fax recently arrived from the Idaho Sporting Congress with this headline: “Clinton signs death warrant for nation’s forests.” The text of the press release was equally sensational, denouncing the …


  • Ideal Time To Focus On Ensuring Future

    The debate continues. Every anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki whips up a fury of introspection, recrimination and defensiveness. This year is different only in its intensity. With …


  • Public Service By And For The People

    Pop into the tidy COPS Northeast building in Hillyard and you’ll be overwhelmed by energy. Even the coffee’s perky. And some amazing people scurry about. You’ll meet Betty, who cleans …


  • Private Funds Help Programs Survive

    When money for a good cause dries up, the emotions that surface are similar to the emotions you feel after a loss or defeat. First, shock. Then denial, anger, depression …


  • Caution Is Key In Using Ritalin

    They used to call it “hyper.” No big deal, really. Just a label for overactive kids. It was as much a playground taunt as a parental lament. But “hyper” has …


  • Budget Lessons Apply To Athletes

    The North Idaho College athletic department picked the wrong time and place to grab for a gold ring. At a time when prudent public purse holders are squeezing budgets, the …


  • Centennial Trail A Working Legacy

    Twenty-five years from now, a new generation will applaud the foresight of recreationists who pushed hard for the 62-mile Centennial Trail, linking Lake Coeur d’Alene with Spokane’s Riverfront Park.


  • Hydropower Is A Watershed Issue

    It’s a puzzle, and it’s an economic crisis: Power from Columbia River dams seemingly has grown so expensive that utilities and industries are turning to other sources, such as natural-gas …


  • Bear Compromise Shows There’s Hope

    A compromise proposal involving the timber industry and two major environmental groups offers the best hope for reintroducing grizzly bears to the Bitterroot Mountains. The plan, aired last week, calls …


  • All These Hearings And No Listening

    Ted Kennedy has Bob Packwood to blame. Packwood can look to Waco and Whitewater. Democrats under fire are being punished for decades of dominance over hostile Republicans. When did this …


  • Politicians Should Not Manage Forests

    Forest Service chief Jack Ward Thomas trooped through Spokane the other day, along with an entourage of top administrators. They were stumping for a big bureaucratic planning exercise. It will …


  • Consumers Make Or Break Tycoons

    What a summer this has been for Washington state’s most famous entrepreneur. Fifteen years ago, Bill Gates was an obscure computer geek. A few weeks ago, Forbes magazine crowned him …


  • Chain Gangs Idea Simply Out-Of-Date

    Phil Harris is nothing if not a shrewd politician. Pressing all the right buttons, the Spokane County commissioner suggested last week asking voters whether they think putting shackled prisoners to …


  • Loose Cannons A Sign For Change

    Spokane County Commissioners Steve Hasson and Phil Harris are making more urgent the case for dissolving the archaic, easily abused governmental structure they head. This fall voters should have a …


  • Justice From Law, Not From Passion

    Supporters are trying to cast accused double murderer Ken Arrasmith as a Bronsonesque hero - a righteous avenger who gunned down two suspects to revenge a daughter’s alleged rape. In …

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