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Huckleberries: Leaving quibbles in the library suggestion box

You’d think there’d be no complaints about the picture-perfect Coeur d’Alene Library in picture-perfect Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. But you’d be wrong.


Getting There: City eyes ordinance to strip parking requirements in some parts of town

The City Council is considering an ordinance that would do away with parking requirements for developers of apartment buildings and condos in certain parts of town.


Paul Turner: A special quiet at the Little Bighorn battlefield

The Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument makes you wonder.


Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and intellectual provocateur, dies at 68

Charles Krauthammer, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist and intellectual provocateur who championed the muscular foreign policy of neoconservatism that helped lay the ideological groundwork for the 2003 U.S.-led invasion …


Shawn Vestal: The myth of the immigration ‘emergency’

A faulty assumption has continually been employed to justify the current anti-immigrant zealotry, and it goes like this: We are being flooded with illegal immigrants. They are coming in an …


Getting There: Ditch the car and meet your neighbors – Summer Parkways is Thursday

Every Sunday and every holiday since 1974, Bogotá, Colombia, closes 76 miles of streets. No cars go on these Andean roads these days, but every other type of “human-powered transportation” …


Faith and Values: Mastering of our own words

Vulgarity is no substitute for wit. The Dowager Countess on “Downton Abbey” had it right.


Shawn Vestal: Being a parent is all of the above

On Father’s Day, between greeting cards and platitudes, let’s acknowledge the complicated fact that part of what makes parenting so fulfilling is that it’s difficult.


Eye on Boise: Idaho examines its mental health system

Advocates for improving Idaho’s behavioral health system say the time is right.


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 12:24 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: No more newsboys

No more newsboys. Those intrepid boys (and sometimes girls) who delivered newspapers by bicycle and on foot in the early hours before school have disappeared.


Shawn Vestal: Treatment of SeaTac asylum-seekers shows how far we still have to go

If you’re having trouble imagining just what kind of country we are becoming, vis-a-vis that whole “tired, poor and huddled masses” thing, think of SeaTac.


Paul Turner: About that missing invitation to the lake

Why don’t you get invited to friends’ lake places? See if you think one of these multiple-choice options might be the explanation.


Paul Turner: Encourage students to say ‘Thank you’ to a great teacher

Is there a teacher who made a difference? The last week of school is a chance for students to say “Thank you.”


Paul Turner: Street Music Week is back this week and deserves your support

Street Music Week is practically a Spokane institution. And it’s not just a downtown thing. You can hear performers in the Garland District and Coeur d’Alene.


Paul Turner: Maintaining that slim population margin over Tacoma

Pregnancy is a serious business, and no one in Spokane should be trying to have babies just so the Lilac City can maintain its slim population lead over Tacoma. But …


Getting There: Polite merging is slowing us all down

When it comes to merging, the aggressive motorist usually wins the day, jamming his way into place, cutting ahead of patient and defensive drivers and reinforcing the idea that they …


Paul Turner: The cure for condiment fever

The unofficial start of summer arrives with a question.


Shawn Vestal: Tim Eyman is still at it

Take that for good or for ill, but among the many things you might say about Tim Eyman you have to give him that.


Paul Turner: Spokane’s special love affair with summer

Hard as it might be for some of your Spokane friends and neighbors to believe, summer isn’t everyone’s favorite season.


UPDATED: Sat., May 26, 2018, 2:43 p.m.

Faith and Values: Begging for some truth pieces

Are you ever puzzled? I find myself puzzled most every day. It’s usually because I don’t seem to find the right truth-piece(s) to fit into the larger Truth Puzzle I …


Sue Lani Madsen: Camping connections

Hear “ecotourism” and you might picture a treehouse in Thailand or an unspoiled forest in Costa Rica. Probably not pitching a tent next to an old farmhouse on the Palouse …


Huckleberries: Remembering the battle of McEuen Park

Former Coeur d’Alene mayor Sandi Bloem wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. Four years ago today, on Memorial Day weekend 2014, Bloem, her successor, Steve Widmyer, and town dignitaries dedicated …


Shawn Vestal: Between officials and reformers, a growing rift in efforts to improve Spokane’s criminal justice system

We have plenty to be proud of in the city’s push towards a fairer criminal justice system. But two years after receiving an award from the MacArthur Foundation, a significant …


Paul Turner: Maybe Spokane is a place where tolerance returns to politics

Paul Turner: You think of yourself as a fair-minded person, right?


Eye on Boise: Idaho agrees to pay transgender women’s attorney fees

Idaho’s top state elected officials have approved a $75,000 payout to the attorneys who successfully represented two transgender women born in Idaho who sued to overturn the state’s law forbidding …


Sue Lani Madsen: Regressive progressives in Seattle

If the Seattle City Council had a mantra, it would be “most regressive tax structure in the country.” So last Monday the council voted unanimously to make it more regressive …


Paul Turner: Oh, the Places You’ll (possibly) Go

I first asked this question back in 1996.


Paul Turner: Furry rendezvous can stink up a night

One thing we need to remember at this time of year in Spokane is skunks don’t think the way we do.


Getting There: Spokane’s bike scene still has a ways to ride

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the bikeways in Spokane need to level up.


Paul Turner: A word of (unsolicited) advice to this year’s graduates

Something tells me that when graduation invoices, er, announcements arrive in the mail, the students (or parents) who sent them expect a gift.