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  • We Need Peace Within Ourselves

    That black granite wall in the lush green lawns of the nation’s capital won’t go away, and it shouldn’t. But neither, it seems, will the conflict it commemorates. Vietnam still …


  • Property Rights Law Goes Way Too Far

    It wasn’t the general public that Washington’s Legislature was representing when it enacted Initiative 164 this spring. It was the bulldozer boys, the developers and timber companies who’ve shown they …


  • New Rules Offer Way To Speak Up

    Nothing in the council’s new approach will prevent its meetings from being spirited. Heaven forbid. If you believe Spokane City Council meetings have become to municipal politics what mosh pits …


  • Fans Paying For Ticket Seller’s Greed

    Ticketmaster controls two-thirds of the nation’s 10 million concert arena seats. It’s bullied at least a dozen rivals out of business. It effectively shut down the summer tour of the …


  • Question Authority At Your Own Risk

    A Seattle doctor’s claim that a Washington State trooper bullied him sounds far-fetched. But that’s no justification for a libel verdict that warns all citizens to bite their tongue rather …


  • This Growth Appears Benign

    After a century of cutthroat competition, Spokane’s hospitals have laid down their scalpels. United by a common interest in survival, they and a majority of Spokane’s doctors have joined forces …


  • Idahoans’ Pockets Are Not Bottomless

    Idaho cities and counties may not get it, but Gov. Phil Batt does: Voters don’t want new taxes. Period. Rising property valuations and taxes from Sandpoint to Idaho Falls have …


  • Each Of Us Must Draw The Line

    A convicted tax cheater didn’t report to prison, then got snippy with a federal judge. The judge cited him for contempt. Way to go, U.S. District Judge Frem Nielsen. You …


  • Military Should Be On Chopping Block

    Few Americans will escape the pain of upcoming cuts in federal spending. Medicare benefits will shrink. So will farm subsidies, crucial to this region’s economy. Ditto for long-standing popular aid …


  • The Right Words Can Undo Misdeeds

    One of the hardest things to say in life is: “I was wrong. Will you forgive me?” Yet, those words restore relationships and free the one who committed the wrong …


  • Batt Going To Bat Against N-Waste

    Who can blame Idaho Gov. Phil Batt for distrusting the Navy and the Energy Department? In his second week of office, Batt got flogged politically for allowing eight loads of …


  • Fathers A Needed Part Of Families

    It’s Father’s Day. So what? Aren’t dads optional? Television’s Murphy Brown, culminating 20 years of male-bashing feminism, claimed they were. That silly sitcom became a wake-up call for public opinion. …


  • Parties Should Let The Voters Decide

    Nine months from now, Americans probably will know the identity of the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees. Will Washington state’s voters have a chance to help choose them through a …


  • Foster Parenting Has Its Rewards

    The day after a story appeared in the newspaper revealing a chronic shortage of foster homes for abused and neglected children, 40 people called a local social service agency office …


  • Actions Add Up To Favoritism

    A judge’s decision on a Cougar Bay subdivision last week should warn Kootenai County commissioners to quit playing fast and loose on planning issues. District Judge Craig Kosonen ruled that …


  • Tribes, Feds Must Deal Nation To Nation

    If the Republicans who dominate Congress would shoo out the corporate lobbyists for a moment, they might discover common ground with a vulnerable, frequently overlooked group that they needlessly are …


  • U.S. Doesn’t Need To Put Pilots At Risk

    As we celebrate a new American hero, we need to examine why Air Force Capt. Scott O’Grady survived six days downed in the heart of the Bosnian war zone. The …


  • Dad Needs To Learn Life Is Not Always Fair

    Rich California businessman Leonard Rosen provides another example why this country desperately needs tort reform. Rosen is bankrolling a $750,000 claim against North Idaho College because his son Matt lost …


  • Disputes Should Be Solved Fairly, Locally

    The Endangered Species Act needs to be amended. But the new Republican Congress will gut the act at its own peril, for Americans support reasonable environmental protection. Here in the …


  • Juveniles Getting The Wrong Message

    Some children won’t believe a stove-top is hot until they touch their fingers to a burning element. They learn quickly - sometimes painfully - about consequences. But young lawbreakers in …


  • 1995 Legislature Gets High Marks

    Business lobbyists popped champagne corks as Washington’s newly conservatized Legislature headed for home last week. Regulators and tax collectors sulked. And the state’s universities heaved happy sighs of relief. It …


  • The Battle Against Racism Never Ends

    You don’t tolerate racism. Rather, you loudly and persistently denounce racism and those who spread the message of hate. Racism flourishes in a vacuum of silence and accommodation.


  • Constitution Fine Just The Way It Is

    The United States does not need to amend its Constitution. We just need to use the one we have. Term limits? A balanced budget? To achieve those goals, the Constitution …


  • Rapist’s Escape Hinders Justice

    George Paul Anton had every reason to run when a 1st District judge let him skip closing arguments in his rape trial Friday. Anton lives in Texas and, at age …


  • Packwood Hearings Must Be In The Open

    You be the boss. You’ve got this guy in your office who’s smart, hard-working, liked by just about everybody. Trouble is: He sometimes drinks too much and then likes to …


  • Downtown Plaza Important To City

    Why invest $80 million in downtown Spokane? Betsy Cowles says she can spearhead a private/public partnership to save the core now, or she can spend the rest of her career …


  • Lavalley Has His Priorities In Place

    Spokane County Commissioners Steve Hasson and Phil Harris mistakenly are putting protocol ahead of public health. Hasson and Harris have ordered the Spokane County Water Quality Advisory Board to butt …


  • Attempts To Save Paradis Misguided

    In a desperate attempt to save convicted murderer Donald Manuel Paradis, two New Yorkers shamelessly have appealed to the court of public opinion. Attorney Edwin Matthews and his wife, Patricia, …


  • Bill On Runaways Has Proper Balance

    Parents of troubled kids can breathe a little easier now. Gov. Mike Lowry gave parents some desperately needed help last week when he signed into law a bill authorizing the …


  • Women Criticized For Stands, Not Sex

    Janet Reno, attorney general, is in trouble for being, as some call her, “chief of the federal thugs.” Marion Hammer, the future National Rifle Association president, is in trouble with …

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