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  • In Darkness, Light

    The teacher stepped in front of the student and took the bullets. A split-second act done, perhaps, without a conscious thought. In Jonesboro, Ark., an entire town grieves. Two school …


  • Pothole At City Hall

    John Talbott, mayor of Spokane, wants a car. A car paid for by taxpayers, even though he once criticized government spending on such things as cars. We took Talbott’s request …


  • Post Falls People, Vote On Bond

    Four months have gone by since Nick Scherling left Post Falls Middle School on foot for home. The cold wintry temperatures have given way to crocuses. The grass is beginning …


  • Bill Maps The Way To A Better Future

    In spite of objections from nervous employees of Eastern Washington University, efforts to improve this area’s public higher education offerings continue to progress. Where, a puzzled bystander may ask, should …


  • People Can Guide Downtown Plans

    Early in October 1959, a handful of New York consultants arrived in Spokane to begin laying out a 20-year development plan for the city’s core. Four months later, the preliminary …


  • Such An Easy Way To Avoid Real Grief

    The woman was well dressed and her haircut looked expensive. She used the airport bathroom, walked out of the stall and then sauntered out of the restroom. She didn’t stop …


  • Nethercutt Sees What Sabey Can’t

    Rep. George Nethercutt has lent his good name to the effort to revitalize downtown Spokane. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development last week, Nethercutt …


  • Forging Ahead On Trail Of Success

    The hostile 1983 takeover of Western Frontiers Inc. by Coeur d’Alene businessman Duane Hagadone was one of the best things that ever happened to Post Falls. It forced Bob Templin …


  • Speaker Should Listen, Pay Heed

    Clyde Ballard sits in the eye of a political hurricane. And he can let fly with some pretty good gusts of wind, himself. As Speaker of Washington state’s House of …


  • These Nice Guys Should Finish First

    If this were the movies, Washington State would win the Rose Bowl tomorrow, with a miraculous touchdown as the final gun sounds. That’s the way it works. The good guys …


  • Ewu Affair A Test Of State’s Resolve

    Eastern Washington University needs help, and Gov. Gary Locke has moved decisively to provide it. Locke named three well-qualified trustees to Eastern’s board. Each appears to have an open mind …


  • Locke’s Gas Tax Plan The Better Solution

    Gov. Gary Locke, that big-spending Democrat, wants to raise the gasoline tax. Braaaaaack. Republican legislators, those short-sighted tightwads, don’t want to improve our potholed, congested roads. Neener neener neener. If …


  • Work, Simplicity Propel Habitat

    Denise Otradovec may soon hang a “Home Sweet Home” sign at her new house on East DeSmet. This year Habitat for Humanity’s Spokane chapter celebrates its 10th anniversary. It is …


  • For Holiday Joy, Look Homeward The Spokesman-Review’s Opinion Page Staff Is Taking A Break From Politics Today To Share Some Family Lore And Wish Our Readers, One And All, A Lovely Holiday Season.

    Christmas is really two holidays. I love ‘em both. One feels more like a prayer than a riot. It’s a whisper of peace every Christmas Eve. It’s a pause for …


  • , Virginia …

    Editor’s note: One hundred years ago, The New York Sun published this, the most famous editorial ever written: We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at …


  • Benefits Could Be Substantial

    Last week, state Sen. Gordon Crow looked like a man who had just had a cigar blow up in his face. The Coeur d’Alene Republican unwittingly stirred up the North …


  • Receiving Through The Giving Of Self

    They have old-fashioned names: Owen, Loren, Mac, Millard, Mary, Betsy, Allen, Marv. They are mostly retired from paid work, removed from the rush-rush-rush of family and career that marked their …


  • Death, Destruction Are Terrible Chasers

    Whether your celebrations sparkle with cubic zirconia or diamonds, flow with Budweiser or Dom Perignon, one fact of holiday life crosses all lines of class and income. Drinking and driving …


  • Cooler-Running Motors Hold Up

    Decades ago, a high school senior was forced to choose between working more hours at a grocery store and playing a final year of varsity baseball. He was on his …


  • 911 There In Time Of Need

    Her voice provided a lifeline. The 11-year-old boy had just been shot by his mother. He had the wherewithal to dial 911, and the dispatcher comforted, soothed and got the …


  • Prompt Resolution Should Be The Rule

    She lived every 15-year-old girl’s nightmare. Two Ferris High School boys created a business card and put the girl’s name and phone number on it, along with a computer-generated color …


  • A Light On Darker Corners Of The Mind

    In one of Maya Angelou’s most memorable poems, she wrote: “… Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear, I rise. Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream …


  • Cooperation Laudable

    … And speaking of high-profile issues, the City of Spokane and the state Department of Ecology are on their way to settling a doozy. Kathryn Kelly, a scientist hired by …


  • Thanks, 4.4 Millions

    Congratulations to the Spokane County commissioners and other stewards of the county’s finances. Five years ago, the county’s reserve funds had fallen to $517,000, so low that Wall Street analysts …


  • Facilitate Breastfeeding

    Thirty minutes is not much time in a work day. Employees can waste that many minutes on personal calls, office gossip and meetings that last longer than they should. Thirty …


  • Resist Urge To Gripe

    Judging by the toxic talk that follows any attempt to raise the pay of Spokane’s city administrators, these top jobs must have been filled in the dark of night by …


  • Goal Is To Make Marriages Durable

    Phil Altmeyer devotes his career to picking up the hurting human fragments of blown-up marriages. But he’d rather prevent these social disasters. Last night, he and thousands of others gathered …


  • Familiarity Breeds Contempt For Haters

    Tony Stewart has been a big part of the Kootenai County human rights movement since its beginning. When white supremacists bombed Bill Wassmuth’s home, the North Idaho College instructor was …


  • Try High Fives For Your Spirits

    Hugh is happy. He’s at a Cheney Kiwanis meeting, and he’s holding up a dollar. It’s a Kiwanis tradition for members to tell the group some news that has given …


  • Mixed Emotions For Mixed Blessing

    Who can blame Idaho Gov. Phil Batt and his Gaming Study Committee for being ambivalent about gambling? We are, too. On one hand, gambling has become an economic savior on …

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