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Saving The Salmon Isn’t All Or Nothing

Can the Pacific Northwest save both its threatened salmon runs and its hydropower-dependent economy? Rhetoric in the salmon debate sometimes implies we can save only one, not both. Wrong. Gradually, …


People In Power Must Set Example

Washington Gov. Mike Lowry won a small battle when an independent investigator concluded last week that a jury probably wouldn’t convict him of sexual harassment. But he may have lost …


Ban Is An Assault On Second Amendment Con Gun Ban Weakens Our Rights

ASSAULT WEAPONS! Congressional Democrats can’t discuss semiautomatic firearms without exclamation points.


Gop Budget Fails To Help Spokane

The Spokane area, well known for its contribution to last fall’s Republican tidal wave, now begins to see what good the big change will do us. In the Washington state …


Mere Cuts Aren’t Answer At Hanford

If the federal government is squandering billions of our money - and it is - the first thing it ought to do is spend less. The second and more important …


Open The Door And Walk Through

The tendency in the not-my-problem ‘90s is to close the door to society’s worries. It’s too dangerous otherwise, too risky. It’s easier to bemoan the direction of humanity while feeling …


Freeholders’ Plan Makes Most Sense

How many governments does Spokane County need? Two separate efforts for local government reform are moving full-speed ahead. The proposal to form a city in the Valley, rejected twice by …


Baking Soda May Be Good Crime Deterrent

Obeying the law means you never have to use baking soda as toothpaste. You’re free to browse supermarket shelves and pick any brand and flavor you want. In fact, you …


There Are Better Places To Cut First Pro Funding Agency Is Worth Fighting For.

Let’s get personal about the proposed cuts in public radio and public TV funding. Think of your own household finances. Imagine they aren’t looking so good. Over the years, you’ve …


Public TV Would Do Fine Without Subsidy Con Funding Who Needs Public Broadcasting?

Big Bird and Barney wouldn’t be out of work if federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting ended tomorrow. “Sesame Street,” “Prairie Home Companion” and other popular publicly funded …


Lake Is Public’s Own Private Idaho

The writing has been on Dick Russell’s cabin wall for a long time. For almost three decades, he’s been told that someday his family would have to give up its …


Militia Movement Not A Patriotic One

The growing militia movement has shown its true colors in recent weeks in two Montana towns. In Roundup last week, seven self-described “freemen” were arrested and an arsenal of weapons …


Lawsuit Reform Is Long Overdue Pro-Tort Reform The Legal System Has Broken Down.

We needed lawsuit reform long before a New Mexico woman dumped hot coffee in her lap and won a $2.9 million judgment against McDonald’s. Consider these recent legal events:


System’s Checks, Balances Do Work Con-Tort Reform It Will Cast Chill Over Valid Suits.

Republicans rolled into town this year promising to make things better for the average citizen. They scoffed at Beltway insiders, sneered at the media elite, hammered away at the injustices …


Not Even Gop Respects N. Idaho

North Idaho has as much standing with the Idaho Legislature as a Third World country without oil reserves. The potato farmers in charge know little about mountains, great bodies of …


Competitive Bids Must For Ski Area

What sort of a ski resort will Mount Spokane be over the next 20 years? The state parks commission has heard loud and clear from the people it serves that …


Poor Need Legal Help Now More Than Ever

The war on the poor continues to escalate. First, health care reforms were shot down. Then lawmakers set their sights on welfare, promising to knock people off public assistance. School …


Environmentalists Threaten Ranching

Sun Valley environmentalist Jon Marvel has served a useful purpose by scaring the bejabbers out of Idaho ranchers. His rangeland activism has forced Idaho legislators to consider raising management standards …


No, The B Isn’t The Nba; It’s Better

I think what we did back then is better than anything we will do for the rest of our lives and I don’t know if it’s fortunate or unfortunate that …


Path To Future Clearly Defined

Gheorghe and Elena Turcin fled Romania for the United States in 1982. They ended up in Spokane, sponsored by a church. They knew no English, received public assistance and lived …


Pray That Legislators Find Middle Ground

One-hundred and thirty years ago, Abraham Lincoln stood before a divided nation at his second inauguration and observed: Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and …


Bill Could Benefit Forest And Industry

Burned-over and diseased forests in the Inland Northwest are rotting while Congress fiddles. Dead trees, scorched in devastating fires throughout the Inland Northwest last summer, will be lost in 15 …


Balance Needed In Juvenile Justice

Back in 1977, Washington’s Legislature loaded up the juvenile justice system for a magical mystery tour on the battered bus of ‘60s idealism: What troubled children needed was lawyers, rules, …


Incorporation Vote Deserves Thought

Proponents of Valley incorporation are getting way ahead of themselves and they need to chill out. A few nights ago, a crowd of overheated incorporation supporters tried to muscle the …


Pay Them To Teach

Believe it or not, 47 percent of Washington state’s budget customarily escapes the Legislature’s close scrutiny. Why? Because it funds the public schools. Because teacher unions, until this year, were …


Hitting Close To Home This Abuse Can, Must Be Stopped

It is not politically correct to blame the victims of battering for their fate. To ask: “Why don’t they just leave?” But our society must stop coddling victims by blaming …


Swats, Whacks Won’t Make Dent In Violence Anti-Flogging Spanking Common, Not Effective

Mississippi just plain has it backward. Crime won’t stop with a good spanking. Instead, a growing body of evidence suggests spanking actually may increase the chance of violent behavior and, …


A Hard Hand Now May Save Hard Crime Later Pro-Flogging Make Life Of Crime A Painful Choice

Punks have taken control of our streets because we’ve become a nation of patsies. We shake our fists at soft judges who spank hands rather than butts and then fret …


Lowry Investigator Suffers A Fatal Flaw

Normally, Seattle attorney Mary Alice Theiler would be an ideal investigator of sexual harassment allegations against Washington Gov. Mike Lowry. The credentials of the former King County Bar Association president …


Law Should Help Parents And Kids

No one can say whether Rebecca Hedman still would be alive if it had been illegal when she first ran away from home. But maybe. Maybe she would have been …