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‘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 …


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, …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Congress’ Road Is Of Yellow Brick

While Spokane Valley motorists grumble in traffic jams caused by a long-overdue project to repave Interstate 90, Congress is stuck in a related political gridlock. The Senate and House have …


A Citizen’s Right To Police The Police

Police officers are vested with virtual life-and-death authority. That, Spokane Police Chief Terry Mangan has said, subjects them to a higher standard of conduct than other citizens. In spite of …


We Should Be Told Before We Cast Vote

All you need to know about campaign finance reform is that the politicians who say they want it have built their careers on clever exploitation of the status quo. In …


Public Should Be More Conscientious

It doesn’t happen often, perhaps twice a year, that a hazardous-waste scare shuts down one of the Spokane regional trash-disposal facilities. When it does, it’s annoying, it’s costly and, usually, …


Know-Nothings Add Nothing Worthwhile Perverse Contribution People Too Lazy Or Too Uninformed To Vote Should Stay Home.

The city of Spokane routinely gets worked up about some trifle. If the locals aren’t wringing their hands because they think their town’s inferior to Seattle, they’re fretting about the …


Neglect Could Be Fatal To Democracy Cause For Alarm System Can’t Survive Much More Inattention.

Less than a fourth of Spokane County’s registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary election. Yawn. Dismal as it is, that wholesale abdication of civic duty is only half the …


Generosity Writes Hope’s Lilting Score

Children attending the Spokane Symphony’s Labor Day concert at Comstock Park delighted in a new game: Step through the crowd without stepping on blankets. So they tiptoed past a sleeping …


Give Costly Process A Chance To Succeed

In theory it seemed so visionary: Ecosystems are interconnected. So, federal management of ecosystems should be interconnected, too. Take an ecosystem the size of France, study its condition, write a …


Keep Quiet, Able Leader On The Job

Jack Geraghty is the strongest candidate for mayor of Spokane. His record, like the apron of a baker, is a little dusty. His opponents, all of whom have some appeal, …


Holmes, Higgins Belong On Council

The people of Spokane deserve a City Council that creates an atmosphere of competence and progress. Political food fights and personality conflicts ought to remain a thing of our past …


1891 Name Choice Still Our Best Bet Costs Add Up Changing Spokane’s Name Would Create An Enormous Headache For Businesses, Agencies And Individuals.

Here’s today’s multiple choice question. Clinton Falls is: (a) A town in Indiana (b) A town in Minnesota (c) The headline Newt Gingrich dreams about (d) A renowned tourist destination …


A Way To Celebrate Great Gift Of Nature Crazy Idea? It Just Might Be The Innovation Spokane Needs.

The Spokane River is not at its fullest this time of year. The falls that usually cascade through downtown are less than spectacular. Still, if you take a walk through …


Bright Venue On Road To Progress

What do the following facilities have in common: Spokane International Airport, Riverfront Park, the Ag Trade Center, the downtown public library, the Spokane Arena and the Spokane Transit Authority’s downtown …


A New Entry For Annals Of Injustice

In the old days, the U.S. government broke treaties with American Indian tribes as quickly as it made them. First, Uncle Sam forced Native Americans to cede aboriginal lands for …


Duty And Privilege Span Generations

Maybe in the old days it was easier, but then, maybe not. Caring for an aging parent probably was never a simple task, even in the days long ago when …


Extreme Position Serves To Isolate

The Inland Empire Public Lands Council showed its true colors last week. Claiming it has been forced to the wall by a corrupt political system (read, Republicans) and an unresponsive …


Celebrity News A Hot Commodity

When bad things happen, it’s human nature to try to figure out what went wrong and who is responsible. It helps to keep us from repeating the same mistake twice. …


The F.O.R.C.E. Is With Them

At least five young offenders who had just completed their confinement were back in Spokane County’s juvenile detention facility Friday - but for the best of reasons. They returned, voluntarily, …


Programs Target Domestic Abuse

At Sacred Heart Medical Center, domestic violence is not viewed merely as a dangerous emotional and physical problem. It’s considered a sin. The medical center’s Domestic Violence Task Force, which …


For Gellhorn’s Sake, Enjoy

If you attend the Spokane Symphony’s concert in Comstock Park tonight and a moment of rapture overcomes you, thank Katherine Gellhorn. If you attend any cultural event this year - …


Bump In The Road Won’t End Journey

The revival of West First Avenue in downtown Spokane suffered a setback when the Children’s Museum of Spokane abandoned plans to move there. It didn’t suffer a defeat, however. Landing …