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Shawn Vestal: The Six-Figure Club threatens to weigh down Spokane City Hall

Six-figure salaries could mean sustainability problems for the city’s budget. Numbers crunchers have talked for years about the consequences of possible “structural gap” between salaries and revenues. That pressure has …


Eye on Boise: Heart-warming ad misleads in initiative campaign

A new campaign commercial airing statewide urges Idaho voters to back Proposition 1 on the November ballot. But the commercial never says what the ballot measure would do: Reauthorize betting …


Faith and Values: Man up, Spokane

Four times a month, community columnists weigh in on matters of faith and values. The Faith and Values column appears Saturday and features retired Methodist minister Paul Graves, of Sandpoint; …


Sue Lani Madsen: Living with wolves takes guts, knowledge

It takes guts for a bureaucrat to act decisively without clear policy as a safety net. Fortunately for a young researcher treed by wolves, somebody had guts.


Paul Turner: What if, Spokane?

I’m sure you noticed the entertaining series of stories The Spokesman-Review sports section presented this summer in which several “What if?” scenarios were explored.


Robert J. Samuelson: Trump’s no-win trade war

When all is said and done, President Trump’s trade war may be fated to fail. There are many reasons why. One is that the target countries – prominently, China, Japan …


Paul Turner: What tales apartment walls may tell

It has been suggested to me a time or two over the years that this newspaper seldom acknowledges the existence of apartment dwellers.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018, 9:32 a.m.

Getting There: Driverless technology is closer than you might think

Driverless technology is already here. The first sector to really use it is the shipping industry, with its American fleet of two million tractor-trailers.


Shawn Vestal: Health care – and health care rhetoric – will be at the center of congressional race

It’s clear we’ll be hearing a lot about health care in the weeks to come. It’s also clear that the talk about health care – the framing, the spinning, the …


Paul Turner: Ode to the oral traditions of family gatherings

Let’s turn our attention instead to the unsung heroes of these clan gatherings: Men and women who know how to tell family stories.


Sue Lani Madsen: Wildfire – reading between the lines

The dry reports of fire management can’t capture the flurry and swelter of the reality on the ground.


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 …


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: Football season raises a few questions

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


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.


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: 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 …


Paul Turner: Blame the coyote

Around here, just who are the usual suspects?


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


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 …


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.