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UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 24, 2018, 10:38 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Battling hate, one conversation at a time

GU’s Kristine Hoover found her life’s work exploring and fighting hatred.


Shawn Vestal: As federal government stalls, Spokane takes its place among localized climate actors

When the City Council overrode the mayor’s veto of new climate change standards for the city, it put Spokane into the right zone.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 10:36 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Legendary WSU quarterback Jack Thompson’s alleged comments in Jason Gesser case fit a pattern of cover-up

In the pages and pages of records surrounding the Jason Gesser case, Jack Thompson’s comment was not the most significant, perhaps, nor is he the person most responsible for taking …


Shawn Vestal: Monroe ‘road-diet’ exceeded expectations

A couple years back, Katy Azar looked at the road construction in downtown Spokane – streets torn up, deadlines blown, costs overrun – and feared for the future of her …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 9:47 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: There’s a California connection to Northwest white supremacy

We’re entering a new era in the Northwest’s long, depressing tango with racist extremists, and there’s a lot about this era that’s new – from the methods to the mediums …


Shawn Vestal: For college students, Pell grants aren’t what they used to be

The Pell Grant was the chief way poor kids could get a higher education, and a key way the country kept its promises about the equality of opportunity.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 2:11 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Student launches program to collect school food for the hungry

If you’ve been in a school cafeteria, you know where a lot of food goes: into the garbage.


Shawn Vestal: Council pushback shows progress on how we handle ‘quasi-impossible’ problems around homelessness

If you enjoy euphemism, then you’ll love the language that has sprung up around the decision to put roughly 150 homeless people back on the streets until next summer.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 23, 2018, 11:36 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Legislators continue to miss the point of public records and transparency

When it comes to the Washington Legislature, and what we can expect in terms of its willingness to abide by the Public Records Act, it won’t be Matt Shea’s whackjobbery …


Shawn Vestal: The Six-Figure Club threatens to weigh down Spokane City Hall

Six-figure salaries could mean sustainability problems for the city’s budget. Numbers crunchers have talked for years about the consequences of possible “structural gap” between salaries and revenues. That pressure has …


Shawn Vestal: Health care – and health care rhetoric – will be at the center of congressional race

It’s clear we’ll be hearing a lot about health care in the weeks to come. It’s also clear that the talk about health care – the framing, the spinning, the …


Shawn Vestal: Ruckelshaus reminds us what Nunes and company have forgotten

Forty-five years ago, the president tried to fire an independent special prosecutor who was investigating him. Two men of principle – the attorney general and his deputy – refused. They …


Shawn Vestal: From snowplow gates to parks, Condon’s legacy is creative progress

Mayor David Condon’s legacy will be one of getting things done at City Hall and not taking ‘No’ for an answer.


Shawn Vestal: The Amazon effect on local pay should be scrutinized

Amazon is coming to town, and a lot of people are excited.


Shawn Vestal: Spokane GOP again in awkward embrace of white nationalist James Allsup

Last time we checked in on the most odious white nationalist on the Palouse and his relationship with the local Republican Party, we were assured that it was tragically unfair …


Book club: Take a Road Trip at Summer Stories Night

Northwest Passages hosts an evening of live storytelling with summer tunes, wine and burgers, too. Get tickets.


Shawn Vestal: As cities grow, our country towns are hollowing

Not long ago, I visited my family in the small southern Idaho town where they live. This town of about 2,700 people, Wendell, sits near the town of about 3,500 …


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 10:18 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers’ offensive campaign ads and flyers undermine her call for political civility

Our divided nation needs to heal, Cathy McMorris Rodgers says. We are heartbreakingly riven by political divisions, Cathy McMorris Rodgers says. We can no longer disagree without being disagreeable. We …


Shawn Vestal: Looking at the great ‘what if’ had Evel Knievel landed the Snake River Canyon jump

In the annals of overhyped disappointments, the canyon fizzle holds a unique place. It had been touted for weeks in the newspapers, on television, on radio, in magazines. Evel Knievel …


UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018, 1:09 p.m.

Wanted: Trust in Spokane police force

It was January 2016, and Spokane police Officer Chris McMurtrey had a man in his cruiser who he had arrested in a domestic violence case. The man taunted and threatened …


Shawn Vestal: Let me tell you about Chicago

When folks arguing against gun-safety measures need a knee-jerk retort, they often deploy just a question: What about Chicago?


Shawn Vestal: Domestic violence is one of Spokane’s biggest public health problems. Time to end the silence.

Hundreds of times every month, someone in Spokane County picks up the phone and calls police to report violence in their home. A husband beat a wife, or a wife …


Summer Stories: Not Too Bad a Guy, by Shawn Vestal

In Week 1 of The Spokesman-Review’s Summer Stories series, award-winning author and newspaper columnist tells the the story of one man’s attempt to get out from under.


Vestal: We need to quit football, cold turkey – but we can’t

If America had some good friends right now – the kind who will tell you hard truths – those friends would be sitting the country down and saying it’s time …


Shawn Vestal: Airway Heights water worse than feared

People living around Fairchild Air Force Base drank water contaminated with a chemical found in firefighting foams, probably for decades. In the year since the pollution was discovered in city …


Shawn Vestal: The myth of the immigration ‘emergency’

A faulty assumption has continually been employed to justify the current anti-immigrant zealotry, and it goes like this: We are being flooded with illegal immigrants. They are coming in an …


Shawn Vestal: Being a parent is all of the above

On Father’s Day, between greeting cards and platitudes, let’s acknowledge the complicated fact that part of what makes parenting so fulfilling is that it’s difficult.


Shawn Vestal: Treatment of SeaTac asylum-seekers shows how far we still have to go

If you’re having trouble imagining just what kind of country we are becoming, vis-a-vis that whole “tired, poor and huddled masses” thing, think of SeaTac.


Shawn Vestal: At graduation, Freeman Class of 2018 remembers, and looks to the future

The celebration of the graduating Freeman High School Class of 2018 was made all the more poignant Saturday by the weight of what they’d been through together, and how they …


Shawn Vestal: Spokane needs more affordable housing and neighbors willing to accept it next door

Spokane rents are rising. The vacancy rate is whisper thin. And the average renter is putting more of her income into housing than in years past.