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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 …


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 …


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 …


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, …


It’s Time To Learn About Militias

Idaho Secretary of State Pete Cenarrusa finally has seen the light. All he needed to flip the switch was a devastating car bomb and dozens, possibly hundreds, of dead Americans …


Crime Pays For Gulf Usa

Gulf USA Corp. retirees got the shaft pure and simple. Officials and attorneys who picked over the bones of this erstwhile corporate giant didn’t leave much for those who depend …


Gop Lawmakers Need To Give A Little

Last fall, voters made it clear they want a new spirit of thrift in government. Now, it’s follow-through time. But in Olympia, change is not coming easily. The Legislature seems …


Officials Should Be Called On The Carpet

It’s amazing what the glare of the spotlight can do to bring public officials back in line. Two years ago, an internal audit showed Spokane city and county employees were …


Our Daughters’ Views Thursday, We Took Our Daughters To Work And Invited Some Of Them To Comment On The Terrorism In Oklahoma City.

Hope for justice, hope for future To the bombers: I just want to ask you if you know what you have done. Do you know that you have killed more …


Some Places Just Ought To Be Safe

Just as Americans banded together to help terrorism’s victims, so must we repudiate its fomenters. The O.J. Simpson trial has kept domestic violence on the front page, and a triple …


Our Good Deeds Provide A Refuge

Louis Rukavina was channel surfing. Click. A news account of a huge banquet honoring local sports stars. Click. A national news report on science and math scores of school-age children. …


A Do-Or-Die Time For Downtown

Spokane has a choice. We can build the economic vigor of our city center, as Portland and Seattle have done. Or we can watch it go to seed, as occurred …


Higher Ed Suffers From Low Priority

For more than a decade, the Democrats who dominated Washington state government siphoned money from higher education and poured it down the social-handout drain. Now Republicans rule, but a new …


Athlete Offers Uplifting News About Depression

Guy World took another step out of the Stone Age this week. One of its icons - a pro basketball player - publicly sought treatment for clinical depression, emerged with …


Needed: Impartial Government Audits

Franklin D. Roosevelt gave a broken nation confidence when he announced that government would step in to help the weak and start the stalled wheels of industry. Six decades later, …


Rethinking War Shows Courage

Robert S. McNamara is an old man now. But he is frozen in many minds the way he looked as he helped choreograph the Vietnam War: The wire-rim glasses, the …


Mercy Killings Must Remain Rare

Curt Doty and Deborah Rockstrom knew the consequences when they decided to kill helpless loved ones, critically injured in tragic accidents. In February, Rockstrom turned herself in to Spokane police …


The Gop Is Doing The Right Thing Pro ‘Contract’ Republicans Kept Most Promises.

Not since Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first year in the White House have Americans seen a 100-day whirlwind like the one that launched the 104th Congress. We’re surprised. We admit it. …


First 100 Days All Smoke And Mirrors Con ‘Contract’ Gop Hasn’t Passed Big Items.

People abandon their institutions slowly. It took nearly 50 years for the Democratic Party to alienate the middle class. But finally in 1980 many Democrats decided their party no longer …


Marketplace For Park A Fresh Idea

At the north entrance to Riverfront Park, visitors pass the Flour Mill, then walk south across the Spokane River on a wide, barren expanse of asphalt. Now, picture that concrete-railed …


Projects Rejuvenate Heart Of Spokane

Take a spring noon hour sometime soon, and stroll through downtown Spokane. You’ll see stirrings of something that’s been missing for years: Street life. No, cynics, not loiterers. Shoppers. Sightseers. …


Statistics Prove Most Kids Good

It’s official. What people have long suspected - and teens have long insisted - has been confirmed: All teenagers are not lawbreaking malcontents bent on destruction. The truth came out …


Spokane Finding A Better Way

Republicans can’t retain power in the Washington state Legislature merely by swinging hatchets at our wicked government. While plenty of bureaucratic underbrush does need removal, the longer-term issue is how …


Soaps Help Erode Important Values

Click on television’s daytime soap operas and enter a parallel universe. Here, women wear dresses at home. Middleaged men have glorious hair. When women characters languish in the hospital, they …


Soaps Offer Perfect Diversions From Life

My wife has one vice. Before midnight, she liberates herself from law books to squeeze in videotaped episodes of “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.” I keep telling …