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Whitmans Notable, Less Than Admirable Keep History Real It’s Not For Creating A Cast Of Handy Heroes.

Should Whitman College dethrone the pioneers for whom it’s named or do they still deserve respect? Weep no tears for the loss of Walla Walla’s historic pageant called “Wagons West.” …


Heroes They Were And Should Remain Don’t Revise History Judge Famous Figures Within The Context Of Their Times.

Should Whitman College dethrone the pioneers for whom it’s named or do they still deserve respect? It’s an indictment of our times that the 150th anniversary of the Whitman Massacre …


Goal Is To Make Marriages Durable

Phil Altmeyer devotes his career to picking up the hurting human fragments of blown-up marriages. But he’d rather prevent these social disasters. Last night, he and thousands of others gathered …


Familiarity Breeds Contempt For Haters

Tony Stewart has been a big part of the Kootenai County human rights movement since its beginning. When white supremacists bombed Bill Wassmuth’s home, the North Idaho College instructor was …


Try High Fives For Your Spirits

Hugh is happy. He’s at a Cheney Kiwanis meeting, and he’s holding up a dollar. It’s a Kiwanis tradition for members to tell the group some news that has given …


Mixed Emotions For Mixed Blessing

Who can blame Idaho Gov. Phil Batt and his Gaming Study Committee for being ambivalent about gambling? We are, too. On one hand, gambling has become an economic savior on …


Building Community Just Made To Enjoy

Play is children’s work. Play teaches them how to order the world in a way that makes sense - a necessary skill for maturity. Teens who skateboard might scare adults …


Public’s Safety Takes A Back Seat

To every citizen or motorist who ever muttered, “Where’s a cop when you really need one?” one answer is: Not on the state and county highways on and near the …


Tragedy Makes A Terrible Taskmaster

(From For the Record, November 21, 1997): The last name of Major Thomas Brigham, who was shot to death at Fairchild AFB in 1994, was misspelled in Wednesday’s editorial.


Consider Increase A Wise Investment

Should US West be allowed to increase its telephone rates? This evening (see details in Glenn Blackmon’s column on this page), the state Utilities and Transportation Commission invites public comment …


Professionals Get Welfare-Level Pay

Terry Boyden teaches nearly a full load of classes in Spokane Community College’s English department, yet she’s paid as a part-timer. One day when Boyden described her $11,000 annual salary …


Safety, Schooling - Do What’s Right

The hit-and-run death of a Post Falls teenager Monday evening has prompted a lot of finger pointing. Some parents and at least one school trustee blame the tragic death of …


You Won’t Want To Miss This One

FROM OPINION PAGE B8 (Friday, November 14, 1997): Correction Thursday’s editorial incorrectly listed the first name of Ryan Leaf, quarterback for the Washington State University football team.


New Admonition: First, Do No Scams

Who’s more likely to hurt you: A blue collar robber with a grimy sweatshirt and a loaded .357 or a white collar thief with a medical degree? Nationwide, the rate …


Frustrations Cannot Make A Wrong Right Hypocritical Victory A Woman Who Made Bad Decisions Suffered The Consequences.

Should women ever share responsibility for rape? Ain’t life a bitch? You’re trying to get to work on a snowy day and somebody in a four-wheel-drive goes barreling by, covering …


Act Provocatively And You Provoke Dumb Decisions Sometimes, Women Lead Men Into Temptation.

Should women ever share responsibility for rape? Rape is a brutal crime - a total violation of another person. Anyone who commits a rape should feel the full weight of …


Future Is Yours For The Shaping

Who says political science is boring? It may not seem much like science, but this fall’s campaigns at least have been entertaining. Here in Spokane, an out-of-town mall developer used …


Standouts In Good Candidates Crowd

The Post Falls municipal elections offer such good candidates, we wish River City had three City Council spots to fill instead of two. The quality field, however, means the city …


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Hjr 4209 Offers Flexibility

In 1970, Washington voters decided this state’s longstanding restriction against lending public money for private purposes was too limiting. They amended the Constitution just enough to let local governments loan …


Library Upgrade A Must

The Post Falls School District and city of Post Falls have done their part in supporting a badly needed library expansion. The school district donated land and the city pledged …


Lake City Voters, Keep Incumbents

Coeur d’Alene is better off today than it was four years ago. The city has reconstructed three major streets, tripled the money it spends on road repair, dramatically expanded the …


Tell Commissioners This One Is A Keeper

If you live in a home valued at $150,000, you’ve paid $9 a year since 1994. This $9, less expensive than a fancy bottle of wine, less expensive than a …


Balanced Loyalties Work Best For All

The Coeur d’Alene mayor’s race is for people who perennially complain that they’re forced during elections to choose between the lesser of two evils. Both Mayor Al Hassell and challenger …


Barlow’s Attuned To Needs And Goals

Twenty years ago, the crisis in Washington state’s public schools was how to pay for them. Today’s crisis is even more urgent than that. It’s how to set higher learning …


Here’s A Tax That’s Fair And Necessary

If only there were some magic way to repair Spokane County’s blighted roads, widen the streets jam-packed with cars and build some new roads to relieve traffic. If only there …


Potential For Harm Outweighs Benefit

Supporters of Initiative 685 want you to think it’s about letting dying grandmothers smoke marijuana to relieve the miseries of chemotherapy. In fact, the initiative’s part of a nationwide push …


May Be Time For ‘See You In Court’

Earlier this month, Kootenai County Commissioner Ron Rankin raised eyebrows by accusing Crown Pacific of being a property tax slacker. In fact, he called the lumber company’s appeals of four …


Sober Up, WSU

“National Lampoon’s Animal House” works well - on the big screen, where generations of high school and college students propelled it to being the top comedy ever. But it doesn’t …


Keep It Livable

For 25 years, residents of Five Mile Prairie fought to preserve the rural beauty of their windswept, big-skied plateau, which floats above the northern Spokane suburbs like a memory of …