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Shawn Vestal: ‘Bribes’ to opt out of sex ed are a lousy use of federal dollars

Let me get this straight: Federal funding is being used to pay $20 “rewards” to Spokane teenagers who skip sex-ed courses and take an online abstinence course instead?


Shawn Vestal: SkyRide naming decision shows just how far Spokane will go to monetize parks

Does everything have to be for sale? Even the amenities in our cherished Riverfront Park?


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 1:39 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: The Legislature’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad public-records bill promotes secrecy, not openness

The members of the Washington Legislature are demonstrating, repeatedly and at great expense, that they simply will not abide by the spirit or the letter of the 47-year-old Public Records …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019, 7:09 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: The miracle and wonderment of the ice crystal

It is often said no two of them are the same. It is also often said that given the vast variety of shapes they assume – coupled with the uncountable …


Vestal: Prop 2 ruling should be warning to politicians

Lawmakers eager to water down Idaho’s voter-passed Proposition 2 should not forget the drubbing Brent Regan took at the state Supreme Court.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, 9:59 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Cursory Google search would have caught red flags in Spokane school resource officer hire

An internal affairs report deepens the questions about how Spokane Public Schools hired a former deputy for a job at Ferris High School. Even if Shawn Audie was justified in …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 4, 2019, 6:56 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Latest crack in fight against vaccinations has officials and schools scrambling

They call them nonmedical exemptions, and the resurgent measles virus loves them.


Shawn Vestal: City Hall bullying report underscores problems between administration and council

A couple of months back, the city received the results of a “fact-finding report” regarding concerns of city staffers who felt they were mistreated, and possibly even bullied in violation …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 10:30 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: The 100-mile rule runs contrary to reasonable searches

In 1967, a Mexican citizen with a legal work permit was pulled over by Border Patrol agents on a California state highway.


Shawn Vestal: It’s not a shutdown, but Condon and the council have found themselves in quite the stalemate

In his lame-duck final year, Mayor David Condon is testing the limits, acting in ways that, to some, seem more like a civic emperor.


Shawn Vestal: Fears of minimum wage hikes ruining economy fall flat

You may have heard, sometime over the past year, that minimum-wage increases in Seattle were an economic disaster – leading to job losses and cuts in hours that actually cost …


Shawn Vestal: Riccelli fighting for a nutritious plan

Rep. Marcus Ricelli introduced a bill to create a “state fruit and vegetable incentives program” to help people living in or near poverty get their hands on healthier food.


Shawn Vestal: ‘Determinants of health’ can come down to the neighborhood

Where you live can have a big influence on your health.


Shawn Vestal: Tonasket mayor discovers there is such a thing as bad press

Well, that’s one way to get your hometown some national attention.


Shawn Vestal: Author Chris Crutcher bears witness for youth traumatized by school shootings

Schools struggling to move past tragedy are right in Chris Crutcher’s wheelhouse: the places that combine his service as a therapist for traumatized kids and his career as an author …


Shawn Vestal: Rechecking the stats on pot and violence

Has legal pot ushered in a more violent era in Washington? That’s the possibility put forth in a New Yorker article by Malcolm Gladwell, the popular science writer and lightning …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 24, 2018, 10:05 p.m.

How we created a Christmas card for our readers

Every holiday season, we like to surprise our readers with a Christmas card from The Spokesman-Review staff.


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 17, 2018, 12:39 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Project in Spokane will bail accused low-level offenders out of jail in bid to even the field

The Bail Project is intended to fight fundamental inequities built into the cash bail system, and perhaps help reduce crowding in Spokane’s perpetually cramped jail along the way.


Shawn Vestal: Shea finds questioners in Poland more to his liking

Good news, everyone: Matt Shea has found a couple of interviewers he apparently doesn’t consider too dirty, godless or hateful to answer.


Shawn Vestal: Homeless volunteers get to work through Goodwill Hope Works program

Hope Works is run by Goodwill in partnership with the city of Spokane, Catholic Charities and the Downtown Spokane Partnership. The goal is to reach out directly to panhandlers, gather …


Shawn Vestal: A thank you to regulators who nixed Avista deal

Those of us who pay Avista to heat our homes owe a big thanks to Washington state regulators today.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 4, 2018, 8:55 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Proposed rule changes in immigration policy don’t favor ‘huddled masses’

Maybe it’s time to revise that slogan on the Statue of Liberty.


Shawn Vestal: In a soldier’s journal, the story of war and what comes after

Orrin Gorman McClellan took his own life following an extended battle with the wounds that so many warriors bring home with them – post-traumatic stress disorder, likely traumatic brain injury, …


Shawn Vestal: Gov. Inslee’s travel budget smudges the line between political and professional

It’s been a sea-to-shining-sea year for our peripatetic governor.


Shawn Vestal: Discovering gratitude in the unlikeliest of moments

The abundance and ease of the average American life in 2018 is a marvel, and it’s surpassingly easy to simply list the reasons we have to be thankful. But isn’t …


Shawn Vestal: Longtime Spokane newsman, slain reporter’s son remembers Jonestown

TV news veteran Don Harris had covered Saigon in the final days of the Vietnam War and the Six-Day War in the Middle East, and he liked to be prepared. …


Shawn Vestal: ‘Constitutionalists’ have some funny ideas about the Constitution

Scratch the surface of a “constitutionalist” – at least one of the Western anti-government variety – and what you often find underneath is an authoritarian. Or an anarchist.


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 3:06 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: School Board should be leery of ignoring a loud, clear vote on the downtown stadium

The Spokane Public Schools board should heed the wishes of voters who rejected building an outdoor stadium in downtown Spokane.


Shawn Vestal: Snow flies, and city is still seeking answers to shelter crisis

The temperatures had just peaked above 40 degrees on Wednesday, boosted by the bright sun.


Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers rode Eastern Washington’s red tide to victory

It wasn’t a wave, it was the tide. The regular, recurrent tide.