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UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 19, 2017, 12:16 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: WSU should keep printing the Evergreen student newspaper each day despite campuswide cutbacks

WSU managers are considering cutting the Evergreen publication schedule from five days a week to two, as a way to address the student daily newspaper’s budget deficit that has deepened …


Shawn Vestal: Spokane police Chief Craig Meidl has defied the fears of his critics to become a model leader

If Craig Meidl’s first 13 months as police chief are any indication, he has done more than rise above the lowest expectations of his doubters. He’s acting like the kind …


Shawn Vestal: Five years since Sandy Hook, Congress slumbers on gun safety

Five years ago today, 20 children and six adults were shot in class at a Connecticut school, and a lot of people thought it had finally, tragically arrived: The watershed. …


Shawn Vestal: It’s OK to be white, but bad to be dumb

The up-and-coming generation of white “nationalists” in American colleges are taking the old recipe of racial provocation in a new direction, with the “It’s OK to Be White” campaign.


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 28, 2017, 12:13 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Self-described ‘constitutionalist’ Gavin Seim flees to Mexico to avoid court

In the online world of conspiratorial patriot poseurs, Ephrata’s Gavin Seim has repeatedly cast himself as a hero, a valiant knight in battle with the tyrannical “psychopaths” of the justice …


Shawn Vestal: Legislature’s efforts to keep secrets from the public is shameful self-dealing

There’s a fascinatingly circular argument the attorneys for the Washington Legislature are making for why lawmakers should be allowed to keep the records of their activities secret from the public. …


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.


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.”


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. …


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.


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, …


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 …


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.


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.


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.


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 …


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 …


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”.


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 …