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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 …


Can-Do Resume Bests Naysaying

John Talbott, candidate for mayor of Spokane, is working hard these days to reinvent himself. Candidate Talbott, with every new mailing, public appearance and carefully coached comment says: I’m new, …


Team Players Have Edge In Experience

What makes a good City Council member? The ability to bomb fellow council members with verbal hand grenades? No. Effectiveness on Spokane’s seven-member council requires the ability to persuade at …


A Poor Remedy

Dealing with a managed health care company, even on such mundane details as prescription refills and physician referrals, can be like struggling through a swarm of Spokane gnats on a …


I-678 Worth Biting For

A dental hygienist is always a woman who cleans your teeth, zaps your X-rays and scolds you about flossing. Should she be allowed to practice without a dentist’s supervision in …


When Dust Settles, It Will Be Too Late

Last January, Coeur d’Alene residents went through a familiar drill. They massed at North Idaho College to oppose Duane Hagadone’s plan to transform popular McEuen Field into a botanical garden. …


Value Fair Play, Not Foul; Pass 677

Homosexuality is controversial. Fairness isn’t. And Initiative 677 is about fairness more than it’s about homosexuality.


Federal Law May Hobble Initiative

Last spring’s presidential summit on volunteerism turned a welcome spotlight on the marvelous work done by community volunteers in the strengthening and restoration of neighborhoods all over this country. The …


Let Us Breathe, Fda

Asthma inhalers save lives, allowing millions to breathe polluted air without choking. Environmental alarmists find this confusing, because inhalers also contain chlorofluorocarbons. CFCs might contribute to a suspected thinning of …


‘Goat Trail’ May Yet Be Made Safe

After a pre-Thanksgiving landslide closed U.S. Highway 95 last year, Lewiston Tribune columnist Bill Hall lamented that road crews had reopened it. For the first time since Boise had stolen …


Pass Referendum 47

Can Washington state afford to rein-in property taxes, as voters are invited to do on the Nov. 4 ballot? Darn tootin’. A strong economy is flooding the state treasury with …


Junk This Bad Idea With A Decisive ‘No’

Constitutional rights belong in the Constitution precisely because most, in practice, aren’t popular. It can be downright annoying when people we disagree with exercise their right to freedom of speech, …


Step-By-Step Plan Can Reduce Carnage ‘Terrible Drivers’ Graduated Licensing Is A Solid Idea That Idaho And Washington Should Adopt.

This week, a group of teens in Harrison, Idaho, mourned the loss of their friends after yet another fatal Inland Northwest car accident. Fifteen-year-old Miles Jones piled three friends into …


Too-Simple Remedy Is A Disservice To All Dragnet The Graduated License Plan Impacts All Teens, Including Those Whose Performance Is Exemplary.

It’s the American way: identify a problem, write a law, go on to the next problem. So, if teenagers account for a disproportionate share of traffic accidents, it’s not surprising …


Much Credit Is Due The Late Ken Kohli

If he were alive today, Ken Kohli would be smiling. After five years of intense negotiations, Marc Brinkmeyer, owner of Riley Creek Lumber Co., and the U.S. Forest Service have …


Point Well Taken

What’s it like to be a faithful Jew in a country dominated by Christians? Indeed, what’s it like to be a faithful Christian in a culture overrun with materialism and …


Building Community Future’s Happening Right Where You Live

A virus is going around. It goes around every election season. It’s called cynicism.


Gambling Venue 100% Sucker Bait

The last time Washington state’s voters had a chance to consider a proposed expansion of gambling, three fourths said no. That alone should make Gov. Gary Locke cool to a …