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Shawn Vestal: citizenship a responsibility now, and in the future

Shawn Vestal gives some advice to his son – in 2028, when the now-9-year-old is first able to vote for president.

Shawn Vestal: Presidential politics won’t break my family ties, but what about the nation?

She’s voting for him. I voted for her. But on Wednesday morning, whichever one of us is celebrating and whichever one is mourning, we’ll still be family.

Shawn Vestal: Be a hero, make sure your smoke detectors work

Imagine it: Your house on fire. Your children inside.

Shawn Vestal: ‘Bridge to Hookerville’ is a lazy, spiteful label for such a promising project

The new U-District bridge linking the promise of college with the problems of a neighborhood is a chance for change that Spokane should embrace.

Shawn Vestal: Cathy McMorris Rodgers and other GOP leaders display cowardice when it comes to Trump embrace

If there’s anything good arising from the fever swamp of Trump, it has been the occasional blips of political courage in the GOP, peeking from the stew of calculation, cynicism …

Vestal: Can a modest proposal to keep guns from troubled family members pass? An initiative aims to find out

How well a gun-control initiative fares with voters this fall may tell us whether we’re at the tip of a wave – where modest proposals to make the country safer …

Shawn Vestal: WSU’s Schulz, Leach, Moos punt responsibility

WSU president Kirk Schulz’s football first mantra fails the leadership test needed to deal with the problem of player arrests.

Shawn Vestal: Across country, Republicans turning to McMorris Rodgers to raise millions of dollars

McMorris Rodgers has raised $8.6 million in this election cycle, and passed on $3.2 million for fellow House members and candidates.

Shawn Vestal: Lack of public involvement leads Stuckart to reject Meidl’s appointment as police chief

City Council President Ben Stuckart said Thursday that he would vote against Craig Meidl’s appointment as Spokane’s police chief Monday night. He will urge his fellow council members to do …

Shawn Vestal: Don’t choose sides, just stand against violence

Don’t pick a side, says columnist Shawn Vestal. It doesn’t have to be cops versus citizens, black versus white, us versus them. We can all be on the same side …

Summer stories: ‘When to Play Dead’

They were camping, if you want to call it that. A tent you could stand in, tricked out in geometric shapes. Foot-thick air mattresses, inflated with a battery-powered blower. A …

Shawn Vestal: Anti-Muslim lobby hungry for falsehood

ACT for America – an anti-Muslim group with chapters around the country fermenting sour, ignorant racism – claims that it is leading a fight against Islamic terrorism. Its chief weapon? …

Shawn Vestal: Torture book by Spokane psychologist is MIA

A Spokane psychologist who developed and implemented the Bush administration’s torture program has co-authored “Enhanced Interrogation,” which was slated by Crown Publishing for a May 10 release. The book has …

Shawn Vestal: Spokane’s version of Westboro Baptist blowhards deserve cold shoulder

Mother’s Day, 2016. A Spokane woman, trailed by a handful of kids and adults, marches through the Spokane Valley Target, waving a Bible over her head and roaring. “Target would …

Book review: ‘Daredevils’ a thrilling ride

Shawn Vestal has launched a thrilling motorcycle leap of his own, bold, fast-paced and seemingly headed for oblivion. Readers are advised to hang on for a wild and rewarding ride.

Huckleberries: Life of a newspaper reporter isn’t all that bad

So the life of a newspaper reporter is considered the worst among 200 jobs in America again? I disagree.

Shawn Vestal: Cutting funds for state auditor’s office is punitive, counterproductive

The state is poised to spend less time, energy and money on the best tool we have for double-checking the work of government: audits.

Happy accident a reason to celebrate for Vestal, Ligon

Shawn Vestal and Sam Ligon are friends. And it was a happy accident that both writers are releasing books in April, just in time for Get Lit, Eastern Washington University’s …

In debut novel, author Shawn Vestal dares to challenge traditions

Shawn Vestal’s debut novel, “Daredevils,” is released from Penguin Press on Tuesday.

Shawn Vestal: Just who runs the Spokane Police Department, anyway?

Recent events within the Spokane Police Department demand more urgency to rebuild and strengthen oversight.

Shawn Vestal: Gun-show promoter’s changing story part of the ‘everybody knows’ problem

A year ago, as Washington’s new background check law had barely taken effect, the organizer of a Spokane gun show committed an unpardonable sin. He said the law had worked.

Shawn Vestal: Counting blessings might make us happier, healthier

One month ago, just two days before Thanksgiving, I drove past my house with my son, and we saw something that filled us both with joy: Light!

A Southern Idaho gem, finger steaks are tough to reproduce at home

When I visit my family in Southern Idaho, I will often get my hands on a basket of finger steaks before I hug my mother. That has more to do …

A Southern Idaho gem, finger steaks are tough to reproduce at home

When I visit my family in Southern Idaho, I will often get my hands on a basket of finger steaks before I hug my mother.

Shawn Vestal: Better preparation for wildfires would help in fighting them

As we welcome firefighters from Australia to help battle this year’s tragic, costly and historic wildfires, it’s worth asking ourselves whether we’re doing enough to protect our own state. State …

Shawn Vestal: People, not city, should vote on workers’ bill of rights

Are we confused, electorate? I know I am. On one hand, the city of Spokane has, in essence, sued its citizens on behalf of corporations, trying to prevent voters from …


In those days, our daughter would bang her head on the floor. She would bite us, hold her breath until her face purpled like a blood blister. Her shrieks would …

Haroutunian joins Vestal for reading at Auntie’s

New York writer Nicole Haroutunian, whose story collection “Speed Dreaming” has been widely praised, will be in Spokane this week for a reading at Auntie’s Bookstore. Haroutunian’s work has appeared …

Shawn Vestal: Conservatives who cross line to violence sound a lot like those who don’t

An all-too-familiar tale flew under the radar last week while everyone was talking about you-know-who: A disgruntled yahoo, devoted to his guns and apocalyptic anti-government views, went from talking about …

Unattended homeless camp highlights Spokane’s efforts

Last week, while the mayor was discussing the results of the city’s latest homeless count, a city crew was out dealing with one of the thornier parts of the issue. …