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Parties Should Let The Voters Decide

Nine months from now, Americans probably will know the identity of the Republican and Democratic presidential nominees. Will Washington state’s voters have a chance to help choose them through a …


Foster Parenting Has Its Rewards

The day after a story appeared in the newspaper revealing a chronic shortage of foster homes for abused and neglected children, 40 people called a local social service agency office …


Actions Add Up To Favoritism

A judge’s decision on a Cougar Bay subdivision last week should warn Kootenai County commissioners to quit playing fast and loose on planning issues. District Judge Craig Kosonen ruled that …


Tribes, Feds Must Deal Nation To Nation

If the Republicans who dominate Congress would shoo out the corporate lobbyists for a moment, they might discover common ground with a vulnerable, frequently overlooked group that they needlessly are …


U.S. Doesn’t Need To Put Pilots At Risk

As we celebrate a new American hero, we need to examine why Air Force Capt. Scott O’Grady survived six days downed in the heart of the Bosnian war zone. The …


Hollywood Serves Steady Diet Of Poison Anti-Hollywood Dole, To His Credit, Speaks Out Against An Industry That’s Living In The Gutter.

Suppose “Sesame Street” invited some Hollywood film producers onto the set to show the kiddies what they do for a living. To demonstrate, Ernie would whip out a machine pistol …


Hollywood Gives Us What We Want Pro-Hollywood Dole Takes On Tinseltown As An Opportunistic Politician Who Just Wants To Be President.

Here’s the deal: On one hand, you have big-budget Hollywood, whose handlers sell “entertainment” to a gullible public. On the other, you have an opportunistic politician, whose main desire is …


Dad Needs To Learn Life Is Not Always Fair

Rich California businessman Leonard Rosen provides another example why this country desperately needs tort reform. Rosen is bankrolling a $750,000 claim against North Idaho College because his son Matt lost …


Disputes Should Be Solved Fairly, Locally

The Endangered Species Act needs to be amended. But the new Republican Congress will gut the act at its own peril, for Americans support reasonable environmental protection. Here in the …


Juveniles Getting The Wrong Message

Some children won’t believe a stove-top is hot until they touch their fingers to a burning element. They learn quickly - sometimes painfully - about consequences. But young lawbreakers in …


1995 Legislature Gets High Marks

Business lobbyists popped champagne corks as Washington’s newly conservatized Legislature headed for home last week. Regulators and tax collectors sulked. And the state’s universities heaved happy sighs of relief. It …


The Battle Against Racism Never Ends

You don’t tolerate racism. Rather, you loudly and persistently denounce racism and those who spread the message of hate. Racism flourishes in a vacuum of silence and accommodation.


Constitution Fine Just The Way It Is

The United States does not need to amend its Constitution. We just need to use the one we have. Term limits? A balanced budget? To achieve those goals, the Constitution …


Plan Too Heartless For Country To Back Anti-Initiative Fear At Root Of Unconscionable Proposal.

Life is too short to spend it fearing, stereotyping and regulating people we don’t know or understand. It is far more effective - but more difficult - to learn how …


Plan Will End Drain On Nation’s Funds Pro-Initiative Illegal Aliens Shouldn’t Be Rewarded With Our Privileges

It’s tough for a country of immigrants to say to others yearning for our freedoms, “No more.” But tough decisions are necessary as we get serious about balanced budgets at …


Rapist’s Escape Hinders Justice

George Paul Anton had every reason to run when a 1st District judge let him skip closing arguments in his rape trial Friday. Anton lives in Texas and, at age …


Packwood Hearings Must Be In The Open

You be the boss. You’ve got this guy in your office who’s smart, hard-working, liked by just about everybody. Trouble is: He sometimes drinks too much and then likes to …


Downtown Plaza Important To City

Why invest $80 million in downtown Spokane? Betsy Cowles says she can spearhead a private/public partnership to save the core now, or she can spend the rest of her career …


Lavalley Has His Priorities In Place

Spokane County Commissioners Steve Hasson and Phil Harris mistakenly are putting protocol ahead of public health. Hasson and Harris have ordered the Spokane County Water Quality Advisory Board to butt …


Attempts To Save Paradis Misguided

In a desperate attempt to save convicted murderer Donald Manuel Paradis, two New Yorkers shamelessly have appealed to the court of public opinion. Attorney Edwin Matthews and his wife, Patricia, …


Bill On Runaways Has Proper Balance

Parents of troubled kids can breathe a little easier now. Gov. Mike Lowry gave parents some desperately needed help last week when he signed into law a bill authorizing the …


Women Criticized For Stands, Not Sex

Janet Reno, attorney general, is in trouble for being, as some call her, “chief of the federal thugs.” Marion Hammer, the future National Rifle Association president, is in trouble with …


One Government Best For Area’s Needs Anti-City Three Entities Will Be Fighting For One Tax Base

Should the Valley incorporate? Hey, it could be fun. Imagine Steve “Cornbread” Hasson as the George Washington figure for a new strong-mayor government. Or think about the one-ring circus that …


Valley Must Govern Its Separate Interests Pro-City Valley Tired Of Living By Others’ Decisions

I don’t get it. Why is it OK for Spokane, Cheney or Deer Park to form a city but not the Spokane Valley? For years, even the mention of Spokane …


Don’t Disarm Federal Agents

U.S. Sen. Larry Craig wants federal agents to paint bull’s eyes on their chests before they venture into the backcountry to enforce natural-resource laws. That’s what they will be doing …


Grass Growers Don’t Want To Get Burned

The Washington Legislature wrote area grass growers a blank check recently by waiving almost all rules against their controversial practice of field burning. If they’re wise - and they’re giving …


Exemplary Service Is Foster’s Record Pro Foster Critics Refuse To See Doctor’s True Dedication And Work

The Henry Foster slimed this week in the Senate was not a human being, it was a scarecrow, fabricated for political purposes from the obsessions, distortions and imaginings of the …


Medical Practices Disqualify Foster Anti Foster Abortions, Inconsistencies Make Him Less Than Credible

If surgeon general nominee Henry W. Foster wasn’t an abortionist, liberals would run from him. Left-wingers like Doonesbury’s Garry Trudeau mocked President Reagan when he couldn’t remember anything about Iran …


Lobbyists Running The Olympia Show

Who represents the general public when legislators let lobbyists draft the laws? The current session of Washington’s Legislature has been a lobbyist’s heaven. Decision-making hinges on a contingent of political …


Adoption Laws Must Be Changed

Baby Richard knows who his real father is. He’s not the man who copulated with an unmarried woman and got her pregnant. He’s the Chicago firefighter who adopted Baby Richard, …