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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 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 …


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 …


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, …


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 …