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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 …


Tax Plan Means Wealth, Not Welfare

Communities around the world would kill to land Micron’s $1.3 billion expansion plant. The project promises more than 3,000 jobs and some $29 million in annual tax revenue. But in …


Teens Have A Lot To Offer Society

Teen power is all around us. Adults just need to look past the stereotypes that all teens are surly, sinister, manipulative, irresponsible, dangerous. Look beyond the stereotypes and adults will …


Sta Offers Some Expensive Lessons

Not long ago, the Spokane Transit Authority earned some praise for cost containment, responsiveness and good planning. Today, those gold stars are looking a bit tarnished. Italian tile will do …


Federal Officials, Stop, Look, Listen

The U.S. Forest Service traditionally has used road closures to protect endangered animals such as the grizzly. But that approach doesn’t work completely.


Helmet Laws Are Public’s Business

The motorcycle enthusiasts who want Washington state’s motorcycle helmet law repealed, and the 20-plus Washington state legislators sponsoring the House bill to do just that, should spend some time with …


Careful Surgery Will Save Reforms

Washington state’s health care reform law is going to be changed. It should be changed. But it shouldn’t simply be repealed. Repeal would mean a return to the, uh, good …


It’s Time To Find Common Ground

Baby Think It Over is a doll that mimics a real baby. It cries every three hours, all hours of the day and night. High school students, trying to learn …


Wildlife Wins Batt’s Misplaced Battle

Idaho Gov. Phil Batt has shown already that he’s decisive, tightfisted, and has a clear vision for where state government should go. On Friday, Batt revealed another important leadership trait. …


Playfair On Unfair Ground In Turf War

The Washington Horse Racing Commission should change its name. Something like Western Washington Horse Racing Protection Club would be more appropriate. The two West Side representatives on the three-member commission …