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Shawn Vestal: ‘Bribes’ to opt out of sex ed are a lousy use of federal dollars

Let me get this straight: Federal funding is being used to pay $20 “rewards” to Spokane teenagers who skip sex-ed courses and take an online abstinence course instead?

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:15 p.m.

Rob Curley: Why America needs journalists – and the T-shirts to prove it

I like Facebook. Even with all of its problems. It’s where I keep up with my friends and the people I care the most about. The people I grew up …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:22 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Risch the loyalist could take a lesson from the lineage of Idaho’s outspoken senators

Idaho has brief, though deep, history of electing senators who distinguished themselves as truth-tellers and swimmers-against-the-tide while chairing the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Now comes Jim Risch. One wonders what …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:24 p.m.

Paul Turner: If you hate winter, why not move somewhere warm?

What’s stopping people from waving goodbye to something that, as they have been known to point out, clearly makes them unhappy? Here are a few theories.

Shawn Vestal: SkyRide naming decision shows just how far Spokane will go to monetize parks

Does everything have to be for sale? Even the amenities in our cherished Riverfront Park?

Sue Lani Madsen: ‘Training young women to be leaders’

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 …

Everything is Copy: All I ever wanted for Christmas

I was a small, angular kid. I didn’t think much about my body; when I considered my appearance, I focused on the two front teeth that dominated my face, my …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 9:59 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Cursory Google search would have caught red flags in Spokane school resource officer hire

An internal affairs report deepens the questions about how Spokane Public Schools hired a former deputy for a job at Ferris High School. Even if Shawn Audie was justified in …

Faith and Values – Pulling equal weight: These numbers don’t lie

My wife and I occasionally reminisce about one of our favorite stories (one of those “I’m such a good husband” tales) so I decided to share it with our readers. …

Paul Turner: Tips for avoiding Beatlemania

Apparently there is some disagreement about just which population subset is at the center of the American experience.

100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Commander of civilian army’ plans meeting to ‘beat down bolshevik agitators’

A “round-table conference of prominent men and women” was planned in Spokane to “”beat down the bolshevik agitators, I.W.W. advocates and soviet efforts in this part of the country.”

Sue Lani Madsen: Mailer tests transparency law

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.

Shawn Vestal: City Hall bullying report underscores problems between administration and council

A couple of months back, the city received the results of a “fact-finding report” regarding concerns of city staffers who felt they were mistreated, and possibly even bullied in violation …

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: The 100-mile rule runs contrary to reasonable searches

In 1967, a Mexican citizen with a legal work permit was pulled over by Border Patrol agents on a California state highway.

By Lisa Murkowski and Ben Cardin: It’s time to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment

As we approach the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, it comes as a shock to so many that the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee women the same rights and protections …

Kathleen Parker: Let them eat cake

When F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me,” he inadvertently foreshadowed the government shutdown of 2018-19.

John Podesta: An unsurprising but still satisfying indictment

I smiled when Roger Stone’s arrest was announced Friday morning.

Eli Lake: Trump makes the right decision for Venezuela

Give Donald Trump credit. On Wednesday the U.S. president recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president.

David Von Drehle: Twitter, the crystal meth of newsrooms

Twitter is a drug that insinuates itself into journalists’ vulnerabilities only to leave us toothless and disgraced.

Patricia Murphy: The shutdown is exactly what voters asked for

For the past 20 years, Americans have voted for exactly this – fighting, intransigence, and leaders who have made a habit of specifically promising to fight and not back down.

Trudy Rubin: The parallel paralyses of a Brexiting Britain and a shutdown America

The two great Anglo-Saxon democracies have sharp structural differences – a parliamentary party system versus a constitutional republic – yet both have ground to a screeching halt.

Max Boot: Trump should not take solace from Mueller’s cryptic correction

Just because Robert Mueller slightly reined in a BuzzFeed report doesn’t mean President Trump should break out the champagne glasses.

David Von Drehle: We honor Martin Luther King Jr. not for his victories but for his vision

In Martin Luther King Jr., we have a model for choosing, and a fierce example of the final refusal to give up.

Robert B. Reich: The shutdown and the dismal failure of Trumponomics

One of the least-talked-about consequences of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government is its negative effect on the U.S. economy.

China built a big, beautiful wall, too. It failed.

With the U.S. government now shuttered by the standoff over funding Donald Trump’s wall, both he and his Democratic opponents might want to take a closer look at China’s Great …

Jay Inslee: Next president must make climate change top priority

The Democratic Party must nominate a candidate who will put fighting climate change at the top of the agenda. And that’s why I’m seriously considering running for president.

Stephen Mihm: The State of the Union address should go away forever

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a keen sense of history. By demanding that President Donald Trump either postpone the State of the Union address until the government shutdown ends or …

Rekha Basu: Why did it take national condemnation for Iowa Republicans to call out Steve King?

It’s infuriating that it took so long Steve King’s Republican Senate colleagues from Iowa, who’ve been well aware of his legacy of saying such things, to even criticize him. It’s …

I run a Yosemite gift shop. We’re still open, Ann Coulter.

The reality is that “the wall” has become a symbol more than a policy, and that symbolism resonates with everyone in the country – for or against. Meanwhile, the Ansel …