Stories tagged: Shawn Vestal
Thu., Nov. 23, 2017, 6 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: We need to learn to be grateful every day
As the grandiose comfort and convenience of our lives expands, our ability to recognize our good fortune simply can’t keep up.
Tue., Nov. 21, 2017, 6 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Ad for GOP’s tax plan leaves out story’s ending
Even in the imaginary world of ‘Tom’ and ‘Cindy’ the GOP tax plan falls short in the long run.
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 3:15 p.m.
Northwest Passages Book Club kicks off with local author and columnist Shawn Vestal
Northwest Passages, The Spokesman-Review’s book club, debuted Thursday with a discussion with Shawn Vestal, author of “Daredevils.”
Sun., Nov. 12, 2017
Shawn Vestal: Park butterflies may rise again
Kelli Johnson didn’t just attend Expo ’74 – she got the whole VIP treatment. A Greenacres fourth-grader at the time, Johnson had an uncle who was closely involved in preparations. …
Thu., Nov. 9, 2017
Shawn Vestal: Spokane Valley’s politics changed, but they are still red … just a lighter shade
Let’s not paint the Spokane Valley blue just yet. Maybe just a lighter shade of red. A nice pink, say.
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 4:06 p.m.
SR book club hosts award-winning Spokane novelist
Northwest Passages is the new book club sponsored by The Spokesman-Review. Each month, Spokane-area readers will be invited to read along, join in the conversation and attend author events. Up …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 6:29 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Days before election, local GOP leader launches slimy whisper campaign against Spokane city councilman
It’s campaign season, and ethics vanish as Election Day approaches. Enter Stephanie Cates, chair of the Spokane County GOP. After weeks of local conservatives, including at least one prominent elected …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 7:10 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: PAC fueled by Spokane firefighters’ money should clean up or get out of local politics
The end may be near for Spokane for Honest Government, the political action committee representing the firefighters union and other labor groups.
Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 6 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Former White House official skeptical of the ‘magic math’ of tax cuts
Jared Bernstein says there are plenty of reasons to mistrust the “fairy dust” of tax cuts. One of his strongest arguments is one of the most familiar: The past five …
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 11:29 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Flyer targeting Spokane City Council candidate Matthew Howes was a cheap shot
A flyer that attacked Spokane City Council candidate Matthew Howes for restaurant violations was a slimy and poorly executed effort that fuels our political cynicism.
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 3, 2017, 2:52 p.m.
Introducing The Spokesman-Review’s Northwest Passages Book Club
The Spokesman-Review is launching a community book club to celebrate and enjoy great authors and stories of the Northwest. We invite our readers to join us for evenings of exploration, …
Fri., Oct. 20, 2017
Shawn Vestal: Expiration of kids’ insurance program sets new low-water mark for D.C. dysfunction
Not long ago, the Seattle Times editorial board asked members of Congress what they were going to do about violence and guns. Cathy McMorris Rodgers answered that she was on …
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 12:16 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Angela Davis remains an important voice in America’s struggle with racism
She grew up amid the church bombings in Birmingham, Alabama, of the 1960s – and went on to study at the Sorbonne. She was fired by the University of California …
Sat., Oct. 14, 2017, 9:01 p.m.
Vestal’s novel ‘Daredevils’ claims top prize at Washington State Book Awards
Vestal’s win marks the third straight year the fiction prize has gone to a Spokane author.
Fri., Oct. 13, 2017, 6:52 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Sheriff says he doesn’t want to be Mayor Ozzie
He must be running for mayor. That’s the current conventional wisdom with regard to Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich.
Fri., Oct. 6, 2017
Shawn Vestal: ‘I thought, this is my day to die’
Since 1973, 159 Americans have been exonerated following death-penalty convictions. Two of them shared their stories at Gonzaga University Wednesday night.
Sun., Oct. 1, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Spokane Valley parental rights proposal endangers the rights of others
Should a parent who refuses to vaccinate their children be allowed to send them to school during a disease outbreak? Under a “parental rights” ordinance being floated by a Spokane …
Fri., Sept. 29, 2017
Shawn Vestal: WSU researcher’s work rescuing frogs from extinction earns him national ‘Golden Goose’ award
WSU researcher Allan Pessier studied the fungus growing on the skin of frogs. His findings lead to a better understanding of why the world’s amphibians are dying off.
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 10:55 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: This year’s state-by-state horse-trading with health care is offensive
If you need a further reason to be appalled by the congressional health care travesty, consider the current “repeal and replace” proposal in terms of the Washington-Idaho border.
UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 24, 2017, 12:53 p.m.
When Luke met Ginger: Spokane couple breathe life into local arts scene
The 10th anniversary of Terrain is remarkable for many reasons. The annual downtown arts show has been a catalyst – maybe the catalyst – for renewed energy and creativity in …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 22, 2017, 12:17 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Spokane is a leader as body cameras catch on at more police departments
Denis McCormick’s job is to monitor complaints about Denver police officers. When the department was getting ready to start wearing body cameras, he found out by reading about it in …
Wed., Sept. 20, 2017
Shawn Vestal: Feds retreat from police reforms leaves Spokane without confirmation of major progress
Trump administration’s retreat from police reform efforts leaves Spokane without a final grade on its yearslong changes regarding transparency, oversight and community relations.
UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 13, 2017, 6:01 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Even if the homeless can’t be ‘fixed,’ Spokane should keep offering help
Randall and Steven, and people like them, represent perhaps the toughest frontier in the effort to combat homelessness – people who, for a host of reasons, remain unhelped, unhoused, un-“fixed”.
Sun., Sept. 10, 2017
Olympia isn’t so different than that other Washington
Over the past few years, as Washington’s Legislature has deepened into intractability, some state lawmakers have occasionally tried to gloss over their difficulties by comparing themselves to their counterparts in …
UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 8, 2017, 2:37 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: Bigot bros put on a melodrama at WSU
They called it a “free speech rally.” A better description of the gathering at WSU’s Glenn Terrell Mall might have been “Alt-Right Melodrama,” starring Washington’s most famous bigot bro: James …
Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 1 p.m.
Personal Foodstory: Shawn Vestal makes – and listens to – his own bread
It is a simple, superior, satisfying food. But, for him, baking sourdough bread is not merely about eating it. Otherwise he’d just buy one of the excellent loaves at any …
Sun., Sept. 3, 2017, 5 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Mentoring lifts the grades of foster care kids failing school
Halfway through the last academic term, Rayanne was failing every one of her classes at Lewis and Clark High School. All six of them.
Thu., Aug. 24, 2017, 6 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: In the silo of the true believers, where a fact is whatever you say it is
If you’re fearful about what might arise from an unstable, trigger-happy North Korea – to say nothing of how the current administration might handle it – you’re not alone.
UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017, 11:43 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Fagan’s case of Roswellian Syndrome a sign of the times
Does Spokane City Councilman Mike Fagan think extraterrestrials crash-landed at Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947, and that the government snatched up their bodies and constructed a cover-up? This is not …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 3:49 p.m.
‘Daredevils,’ the debut novel by SR columnist Shawn Vestal, is a finalist for Washington Book Award
Former Spokane residents Sherman Alexie and Timothy Egan also up for the state’s highest literary honor.