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Paul Turner: In defense of men underfoot

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

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 …

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.

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” …

Eye on Boise: Idaho examines its mental health system

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

Faith and Values: Mastering of our own words

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