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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.


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.


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

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


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.


Paul Turner: Questions and answers

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


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.