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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.


Eye on Boise: Smear flier targets GOP lieutenant governor hopeful

A campaign flier that landed in Idaho voters’ mailboxes late last week attacks GOP lieutenant governor hopeful Steve Yates, claiming that the former Idaho Republican Party chairman is “a highly …


Faith and Values: To manage negativity, look to the courage around you

Lately it seems examples of courage are swirling all around us. Tarana Burke, who spoke not so long ago at Gonzaga, has become a celebrated activist for starting the “Me …


Shawn Vestal: Before Trump handed her a trophy, she handed him a message

Mandy Manning showed up at the White House with a batch of letters for the president.


Paul Turner: So long and good riddance to classroom sheriffs

I visited a local elementary school last week and was impressed.


Getting There: Imagining the highways and byways of tomorrow

The future is connected.


Paul Turner: Questions and answers

Where did The Slice questions go when this column underwent a presto change-o relocation earlier this month?


Shawn Vestal: When it comes to budgets, bottom lines don’t lie

Budgets, people in politics like to say, are moral documents. They reveal values clearly when the rhetoric doesn’t.


Faith and Values: Who draws the lines you color in?

Lately it seems examples of courage are swirling all around us.


Paul Turner: Fitness isn’t everything…right?

For some, especially those who have not trained, this is about when Bloomsday reality starts to sink in.


Shawn Vestal: Nethercutt looks back on his time as a ‘giant killer’

George Nethercutt’s victory over Tom Foley in 1994 was a stunner, and presaged a wave of Republican victories across the country. Now, his successor, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, faces the …


Faith and Values: Seriously, Easter shows off God’s sense of humor

My view of Easter has been expanded by the radical hospitality of God’s outrageous sense of humor.


Getting There: City marks 125 years of bikeways as routes expand

Pop the bubbly, roll up your pant leg and straddle that saddle, because in 2018 we celebrate.


Faith and Values: The family ties that bind us

The families we are born into aren’t perfect and like any relationship, they take work.


UPDATED: Thu., March 15, 2018, 1:47 p.m.

Front Porch: Readers’ sympathies were a ‘warm embrace’ amid loss, Cindy Hval writes

Within hours after my most recent column ran, notes began to trickle into my inbox.


Getting There: The electric-vehicle buzz is real

More than 40 percent of the state’s carbon emissions come from our cars and trucks, thanks to the 60 billion miles we drove in 2016, the most recent data available …


Getting There: Look to the sky, because the North Spokane Corridor is happening

If you haven’t heard of the Skyway, now’s the time to listen. Beginning just north of the Spokane River, this elevated southern end of the North Spokane Corridor will fly …


UPDATED: Sun., Feb. 18, 2018, 10 p.m.

From Langlauf: I’m not preternaturally good at cross-country skiing

Like many a mediocre high school athlete, I’ve long wondered if there was a sport out there for which I was perfectly suited.


Shawn Vestal: Idaho schools should teach science, ignore legislators

By stripping the truth about climate change from educational science standards, the members of the Idaho House Education Committee have equated established scientific knowledge with overconfident ignorance, columnist Shawn Vestal …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 8:34 p.m.

Faith and Values: Navigating love’s labyrinth

We all want and deserve love. Finding it, keeping it and giving it is hard, though. Love is labyrinthine. Navigating it is a risk I’m glad I’ve taken, but it …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 2:32 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: Infrastructure, eh?

We could learn a few things from our cousins in Canada about designing and building infrastructure.


Getting There: Don’t sweat the Spokane traffic

Spokane motorists spent about 15 hours in congestion last year, according to the


From cradle to Maeve: A Spokane fire captain’s long road to transition

For decades, John Griffith was, to the outside world at least, an ordinary guy: a veteran of the Air Force, captain in the Spokane Fire Department, a husband and a …


Faith and Values: Turning to God for a clear conscience

Faith in values is a regular Saturday column dealing with spiritual and moral issues of concern to our community.


Shawn Vestal: ‘Live PD’ paints Spokane at its ugliest

The reality-TV shows “Live PD” and “COPS” have gleaned plenty of footage in working with local police agencies – and have helped fuel an image of the city as a …


Faith and Values: Can we disagree without being disagreeable?

I’m beginning to think either I’m getting old or I’ve been living under a rock, but apparently I missed the obituary for the age-old adage, “We need to disagree without …


Sue Lani Madsen: From the government and here to help

Apollo Fuhriman loves his job. He’s from the government, and he’s helping. His job is finding regulations to eliminate. “We look at regulations, guidance documents, anything the federal government touches …


Getting There: Top road construction projects of 2018

Spokane’s five key road construction projects this year cover a lot of ground: complete road renovations to new bikeways on an old highway to an interesting pilot project done in …


Sue Lani Madsen: No replacement for a father’s love

It’s called the “father factor.” It’s at the root of every negative cultural measure – children twice as likely to drop out of high school, more likely to abuse drugs …