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UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 26, 2018, 8:44 a.m.

Huckleberries: John Austin was careful how he spent his hard-earned $10

With a sly grin, John Austin admits he liked to window shop but not buy as a young man growing up in the shadow of the now-defunct Wallace bordellos. But …



Shawn Vestal: How did a system – and a community – fail a boy so completely?

Long after the fact, little Wyatt’s neighbors told police that his parents treated him like “crap.” His father, Melvin Bledsoe, 27, and his stepmother, Joy Tamika Anderson, 30, are facing …


Sue Lani Madsen: As Roe v. Wade approaches milestone 45th anniversary, questions of viability, abortion on collision course

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wasn’t on the Supreme Court when Roe v. Wade was decided 45 years ago. But in 1983, she wrote a dissenting opinion in a subsequent abortion …


Spin Control: Tips for tracking the Legislature from across the state

Keeping up with the Legislature from Spokane can be difficult. We offer some suggestions to make it easier.


Sue Lani Madsen: Security and freedom

There is common ground on health care – the system isn’t working. Everyone has favorite anecdotes about what’s working the worst, either before or after the Affordable Care Act or …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 4, 2018, 8:52 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: At a moment of acrimony in city politics, Amber Waldref chose compromise over conflict

In a time of combat at City Hall, Amber Waldref has been a peacemaker.


Spin Control: What’s ahead for the state of Washington in 2018? Jim Camden throws out a few possibilities

2018 may have some surprises, but also some variations on familiar themes.


Faith and Values: Jubilee Jesus

Our national leaders, many of them public Christians, have just enacted legislation that amounts to the opposite of a Jubilee, concentrating more wealth among the wealthy and increasing the financial …


Huckleberries: Seasons admonitions for the grinches among us

Every holiday season brings much goodwill. But there are also random acts of meanness that cause us pause.


Sue Lani Madsen: Landowners need more than a ‘modicum’ of water

She hopes to provide “a modicum of water for rural landowners.” Not adequate water, a modicum. A smidgen. A pittance. A drop in the bucket.


Faith and Values: Plenty of constructive ways for Jews to express their anger

Q: It seems to me that if anyone has a right and a reason for protesting and marching in the streets (it) is the Jewish people, considering all the horrible …


A Pulitzer-winning columnist took jabs at Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s weight and appearance. He then apologized.

“Sarah Huckabee Sanders does not look like the kind of woman Donald Trump would choose as his chief spokesperson.” So began the Wednesday morning column of Los Angeles Times writer …


Getting There: About those giant dirt piles…

The dirt piles along many main Spokane corridors come from the city’s massive project to stop sewage from entering the Spokane River, but the work is having an impact on …


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 28, 2017, 9:45 p.m.

Faith and Values: Tolerance, a step toward embrace

How can we see tolerance as one (big) step toward more fully embracing either our own humanity or someone else’s? I was stimulated to ask this question of myself – …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 25, 2017, 1:34 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: Despite climate change disagreement, we need common ground to battle wildfire

Last Friday night, my fellow panelists and I dutifully arrived early for the taping of “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook. It was Spokane Public Radio’s annual thank you event for …


Rob Curley: One last ride ’round as county fair winds down

She couldn’t have been 5. Her face was painted like a tiger. There was a pink ribbon in her hair. She had just “won” a stuffed husky. It was too …


Shawn Vestal: With new ed funding plan, the constant is the variables

Four thousand dollars per student. That’s how much additional money is expected to flow the Spokane School District between next school year and 2020-21.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 4:11 p.m.

Steve Christilaw: Risks of concussion deserve top attention

I still remember a memo my former boss sent around to the staff working the sports section of this newspaper.


Sue Lani Madsen: Back to school shopping doesn’t have to be a hassle

Students have always been expected to bring their own basic supplies. The cost of fully funding the supplies list for a typical 5th grader is $30 to $60 or more …


Trout Tale: In the world of minor-league sports, the Spokane Indians dream bigger than the rest

Mid-game promotions are the lifeblood of minor-league sports. Spokane’s show a social consciousness that you just don’t see at other ballparks.


Shawn Vestal: Empire lawsuit just one more reminder of surreal hospital pricing

At the heart of the lawsuit against the former owners of two Spokane hospitals is a reminder of the freaky, shady way hospitals set prices. They seem to just … …


Front Porch: She’s barely bothered by roadwork

I’m not at my best in the morning. I admit it. I don’t relish the sunrise. In fact, I’d prefer not to be notified of its occurrence.


UPDATED: Sun., July 2, 2017, 12:19 p.m.

Doug Clark on the passing of WWII vets: ‘What we really need is another Greatest Generation’

Doug Clark remarks on the passing of World War II veteran Bill Wheatley, one of the nation’s disappearing heroes.


UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017, 10:47 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: I-1552 puts in spotlight transgender agenda

It was the former drill sergeant on a February 2017 Heritage Foundation panel discussion who announced, “Biology isn’t bigotry, biology is the truth.” In her opinion, the transgender agenda is …


Doug Clark: Psychedelic flashbacks, bucket thieves on camera and other highlights from Street Music Week

The future of Street Music Week tracked me down Wednesday inside the Red Robin restaurant. I was grabbing a late lunch when he stuck one of our red collection buckets …


Doug Clark: Mothers Day with a firebrand

Only one thing to do when Mother’s Day arrives and you don’t have a mom anymore.


Doug Clark: Readers weigh in on rats, guns and pot – oh my!

Doug Clark shares some of his recent reader interactions


Rosa Brooks: Shoe throwing a welcome relief

If you’re going to throw something, better a shoe than a grenade or a bomb. I’m not defending Muntadhar al-Zeidi, the Iraqi journalist who flung both his shoes at President …


When judging candidates, careful you don’t condemn

Now that the Democratic and Republican conventions are behind us, let the judgments begin! People from all sides of the media, the internet and from each side of Main Street …