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Tuesday, April 23, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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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 …


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 …


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 …