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Patti Harter: How to keep Medicare and Medicaid from going bankrupt

Bernie Sanders and other politicians have been complaining about the risk of Medicare and Medicaid going bankrupt. Concern for insolvency is certainly real. According to, it’s expected that by …

Lisa Benson

Cartoon for July 28.

George F. Will: Protectionism proves that evidence is unpersuasive

If you are not collateral damage in the escalating trade wars, the bulletins from the wars’ multiplying fronts are hilarious reading. You are collateral damage only if you are a …

Esther J. Cepeda: Americans have a hard time separating facts from opinion

In a recent discussion about policing fake news, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg alarmingly remarked that he doesn’t block Holocaust deniers on his social-media platform because they aren’t “intentionally getting it …

Joe Heller

Cartoon for July 28.

Hugh Hewitt: Across America’s political spectrum, there’s a purple drought

The color purple is in short supply. There is a “Blue America” and a “Red America” – two banks on either side of a very broad river of disinterested people, …

Clay Bennett

Cartoon for July 27.

Trudy Rubin: Will we ever know what Trump told Putin in Helsinki?

When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, members were champing at the bit to get answers to the burning question in Washington: …

David Gerson: ‘Origin Story’ is a marvelous explanation of the whole

I would not normally recommend a book on the history of the universe as beach reading. But David Christian’s “Origin Story” is a welcome exception. Christian has achieved something remarkable: …

Allan B. Steen: It’s time for the news media to fight back

Not many Americans have heard of the Society of Professional Journalists, though probably more than 95 percent of the men and women who make up America’s news media are members. …

Paul Turner: Time to consider those midyear resolutions

So it’s time again to consider your Second Half of the Year Resolutions.

Paul Turner: Not just another roadside attraction

There used to be two kinds of families.

Paul Turner: Good luck keeping kids to their books this summer

What are adults using in 2018 to scare kids into making academic progress over the summer?

Paul Turner: About that missing invitation to the lake

Why don’t you get invited to friends’ lake places? See if you think one of these multiple-choice options might be the explanation.

Paul Turner: Maybe Spokane is a place where tolerance returns to politics

Paul Turner: You think of yourself as a fair-minded person, right?

Paul Turner: So long and good riddance to classroom sheriffs

I visited a local elementary school last week and was impressed.

Huckleberries: Farewell to a patriot’s patriot

Coeur d’Alene remembers native son Jim Shepperd as a patriot’s patriot.

Shawn Vestal: Nethercutt looks back on his time as a ‘giant killer’

George Nethercutt’s victory over Tom Foley in 1994 was a stunner, and presaged a wave of Republican victories across the country. Now, his successor, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, faces the …

Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Out with the old, in with the new (tax code)

Americans deserve a tax code that is fair, and encourages U.S. businesses to hire more workers and invest here at home – and that’s exactly the results the Tax Cuts …

UPDATED: Thu., March 22, 2018, 1:18 a.m.

Article on Vinegar Flats lacking

In response to a Terrence Vent article, “Neighborhood bounded by old and new: Mix in Latah/Hangman area poses challenge for council” (South Voice, Thursday, March 15, 2018):

Shawn Vestal: A reckoning at the gun lobby’s Maginot Line

Twenty years ago, a blip of a debate surfaced among the camps of the gun lobby regarding legislation in Olympia.

Sue Lani Madsen: Public sector unions use the state as collection agency

But there is no longer any reason for an employer to provide bookkeeping and bill paying services. And change has public sector unions scared spitless.

Shawn Vestal: Idaho schools should teach science, ignore legislators

By stripping the truth about climate change from educational science standards, the members of the Idaho House Education Committee have equated established scientific knowledge with overconfident ignorance, columnist Shawn Vestal …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 8:34 p.m.

Faith and Values: Navigating love’s labyrinth

We all want and deserve love. Finding it, keeping it and giving it is hard, though. Love is labyrinthine. Navigating it is a risk I’m glad I’ve taken, but it …

UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 2:32 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: Infrastructure, eh?

We could learn a few things from our cousins in Canada about designing and building infrastructure.

Spin Control: Somebody call the IT department

To err is human, Shakespeare said, but to really screw up takes a computer.

Sue Lani Madsen: On revenge and accountability

HB 2587 purports to be about simply adding fee disclosure requirements for special deputy prosecuting attorneys appointed by an elected county prosecutor. But the bill isn’t about transparency, it’s about …

Shawn Vestal: ‘Live PD’ paints Spokane at its ugliest

The reality-TV shows “Live PD” and “COPS” have gleaned plenty of footage in working with local police agencies – and have helped fuel an image of the city as a …

Faith and Values: Can we disagree without being disagreeable?

I’m beginning to think either I’m getting old or I’ve been living under a rock, but apparently I missed the obituary for the age-old adage, “We need to disagree without …

Sue Lani Madsen: From the government and here to help

Apollo Fuhriman loves his job. He’s from the government, and he’s helping. His job is finding regulations to eliminate. “We look at regulations, guidance documents, anything the federal government touches …