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Shawn Vestal: Ruckelshaus reminds us what Nunes and company have forgotten

Forty-five years ago, the president tried to fire an independent special prosecutor who was investigating him. Two men of principle – the attorney general and his deputy – refused. They …


Huckleberries: Idaho goodwill on the shoulder of a rural road

Jake Smulkowski of Rathdrum is an unabashed fan of all things North Idaho. And a recent encounter with the generous spirit of the place that Huckleberries calls home has added …


Eye on Boise: GOP candidate says his anti-Muslim post was ‘cagefighter staged hysteria’

A GOP legislative candidate in Boise is insisting he’s no racist after he deleted a Facebook post that used an anti-Muslim slur.


Sue Lani Madsen: The James Allsups of this world are not the Republican Party

There’s no question James Allsup is a white supremacist. His YouTube videos and writings are full of traditional white supremacist rhetoric that would have been found in underground newspapers a …


Faith and Values: Caring for our sacred places

E-mails have started to trickle back into my inbox from students and colleagues, signaling the end of summer and the beginning of another semester at Gonzaga University. In just a …


Paul Turner: Want to be an advice columnist? Spokane’s got its own issues.

I have no doubt some of those who have volunteered their services as advice columnists over the years would do an excellent job. I just have one question. Would they …


Faith and Values: A politics worthy of the human spirit

I’m sick and fatigued nearly to the point of despair – only nearly! – by the divides we must navigate over matters political and religious, especially when they combine into …


Paul Turner: Football season raises a few questions

Will you be a football fan this year or will you find some other seasonal diversions?


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 5:59 p.m.

Huckleberries: Livin’ large in Coeur d’Alene

Huckleberries enjoys eavesdropping on conversations along the Coeur d’Alene waterfront.


Paul Turner: Minor league soccer in Spokane? You don’t say!

In the discussions about possibly building a sports stadium in downtown Spokane, it came up that the city might attract a minor league soccer team if that happened.


Paul Turner: Staring at the water an oft-overlooked pastime

Swimming, boating and straddling those aquatic crotch rockets, it’s all fine. But when people talk about the Inland Northwest’s love of lake life, I sometimes think they overlook what just …


Eye on Boise: Risch has little to say about Trump, Putin

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch, in line to chair the Senate Foreign Relations Committee next year if Republicans hold the Senate, had little to say last week about President Trump’s much-criticized …


Paul Turner: Blame the coyote

Around here, just who are the usual suspects?


Getting There: City settles on revamp plan for Lincoln St./Main Ave. intersection

After mulling over a handful of options, the city has settled on a plan for how the intersection of Lincoln Street and Main Avenue will look once work on the …


Paul Turner: A few alternatives for measuring time

Labor Day is seven weeks from today. But that’s simply going by the calendar. How quickly will it


Faith and Values: Naming the hurt is a step toward forgiveness

I sat down with an elder recently, a wise man who has seen a lot of life and who has learned deeply from his experience. The man was one of …


Paul Turner: Combing through nominees for Inland Northwest Bald Man of the Year

Let’s hear from bald men and a few of those who remember the moon landing this week in 1969.


Eye on Boise: Little disappointed as Labrador misses grazing hearing

When Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little went to Washington, D.C., to testify on Thursday at a congressional hearing on public lands grazing, he expected to see Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador …


Spin Control: Take talk on grocery taxes with a grain of salt

Washington has taxed groceries in the past.


Getting There: Hamilton Street on-ramp closure just a blip in bridge’s uneven history

If you’re one of the 5,200 people who rely on the Hamilton Street bridge’s westbound on-ramp to I-90 on a daily basis, you’ll need to find a detour for the …


Paul Turner: In defense of men underfoot

I’m not saying men always get blamed for everything.


Shawn Vestal: Let me tell you about Chicago

When folks arguing against gun-safety measures need a knee-jerk retort, they often deploy just a question: What about Chicago?


Paul Turner: Could you be 2018’s Inland Northwest Bald Man of the Year?

Today we set about identifying the 2018 Inland Northwest Bald Man of the Year.


Faith and Values: Against a tide of persecution, church remains a beacon

They are poor, repressed and increasingly the target of political and social antagonism. Yet Christians there remain hopeful, kind and joyful. Barely a hint of pessimism, anger or self-pity soils …


Shawn Vestal: Domestic violence is one of Spokane’s biggest public health problems. Time to end the silence.

Hundreds of times every month, someone in Spokane County picks up the phone and calls police to report violence in their home. A husband beat a wife, or a wife …


Paul Turner: Ground rules for mowing my lawn

Every once in a while a mumbling kid will show up on our porch and ask if I would like to have our lawn mowed.


Paul Turner: How to talk when we talk about Hoopfest

Here’s a quick guide to the sort of Hoopfest stories your co-workers and others will actually want to hear from you today.


Faith and Values: What the Bible really says about immigration

Lately, I’ve found myself becoming protective of the people and culture I’ve left behind.


Vestal: We need to quit football, cold turkey – but we can’t

If America had some good friends right now – the kind who will tell you hard truths – those friends would be sitting the country down and saying it’s time …


Paul Turner: Time to consider those midyear resolutions

So it’s time again to consider your Second Half of the Year Resolutions.