Stories tagged: sue lani madsen
UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017, 9:52 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: It’s time to fix Washington’s flawed public disclosure rules
One hundred eighty-five candidates just filed to run for public office in Spokane County. And many of them were in violation of the Public Disclosure Commission rules the day they …
Sat., May 20, 2017, midnight
Health care is messy, complex and, unfortunately, subject to the whims of politics
Snappy soundbites always trump thoughtful analysis.
Sat., April 15, 2017, midnight
Sue Lani Madsen: Libraries still pillars of communities big and small
Librarians knew how to find the answers to any question before Google was invented. Libraries are still a safe space for books on every topic, the foundation of free speech …
Sat., April 8, 2017, midnight
Sue Lani Madsen: Stress and common sense
If we treated our domestic livestock the way public wildlife managers treat “their” herds of bighorn sheep, we’d have animal welfare activists pounding on the barn doors.
Sat., March 25, 2017, 6 a.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: City Council’s human rights ordinance could saddle landlords with bad tenants
The city of Spokane’s pending human rights ordinance threatens to expand government and strip landlords of ability to screen tenants for good renters.
Fri., Nov. 25, 2016, 3:33 p.m.
Our creation of Thanksgiving offers reflections of how to co-exist
The stories we tell ourselves about our past both shape and reflect us. The most powerful are the creation myths.
Fri., Nov. 4, 2016, 11:04 a.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: We’ve survived crappy presidents before; we’ll survive this election
History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes. Just keep that in mind in this presidential election season, says Sue Lani Madsen.
Fri., Oct. 7, 2016, 9:48 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: In the gritty details of growth management, local values are a goal, not a glitch
The Growth Management Act was passed in 1990 to address development pressures on farmland, the challenge of building schools to match development, and growing traffic congestion. It hasn’t delivered, according …
Fri., Sept. 30, 2016, 4:42 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Supreme Court races are under-the-radar but can change lives in big ways, so vote
Washington voters are faced with competitive races for not one but three seats on the Washington Supreme Court. And last Wednesday night, all six candidates appeared on the Gonzaga campus …
Fri., Sept. 23, 2016, 12:45 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Unions vs. Lincoln County – who’s afraid of open meetings?
The Teamsters visited the Lincoln County Commissioners meeting last Monday and their message was clear: They don’t want the public present at public union negotiations.
Fri., Aug. 19, 2016, 12:44 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Managing wolves in Washington requires balance, realism
As popular culture loses daily touch with nature, romanticizing it becomes the dominant attitude. “Wolves are really, really popular if you don’t have any,” northeast Washington state Rep. Joel Kretz …
Fri., July 22, 2016, 11 a.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Common ground possible even in the politics of race
Emotionally charged issues of race are easier to navigate when everyone involved can examine their ingrained attitudes and try to work toward common ground.
Fri., July 15, 2016, 2:30 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: France has centuries of experience defending its ideals
Sue Lani Madsen: Visiting France as a young architect permanently changed my sense of history.
Fri., June 17, 2016, 12:59 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: ‘Rewilding’ movement is misguided
The concept of “rewilding” is gaining prominence, but Sue Lani Madsen says the movement to return large swaths of land to its “natural” state ignores history and the adaptability of …
Fri., April 29, 2016, 3:28 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: It’s time to return federal land to the states
Transferring federal lands to the states became uncommon after the first 38 states joined the union, but the habit didn’t become law until the 1976 Federal Land Policy and Management …
Fri., March 25, 2016, 11:26 a.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: When good intentions turn the lights off
Burdensome building code regulations good example of good intentions gone awry.
Fri., March 18, 2016, 1:21 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Strict regulations on child care drive up cost and hurt families
Who cares for your child when you can’t is an intensely personal decision. Parents want options that respect their values and fit their family culture. In the last 10 years, …
Fri., March 4, 2016, 1:18 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: It’s clear to me that life begins at conception
Sue Lani Madsen says it’s apparent to her that life begins at conception, and therefore abortion is an end-of-life decision that must be made using guidelines we’ve adopted for any …
Fri., Feb. 19, 2016, 11:05 a.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Fragmented presidential primary sidelines Washington
Washington’s fragmented primary process has made the state a bystander during the presidential campaign.
Fri., Feb. 5, 2016, 1:33 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: State shouldn’t be buying more land at the expense of local tax collections
At a time when the state legislature is working to stretch tax money to cover education, continuing to expand WDFW’s land ownership and operating budget isn’t high on my list …
Fri., Jan. 22, 2016, 10:11 a.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Inslee’s gun decree doesn’t make sense for rural counties
Gov. Jay Inslee recently issued
Fri., Jan. 15, 2016, 11:36 a.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: New rule addressing gender and public restrooms defies common sense
Sue Lani Madsen: The Washington Human Rights Commission’s new administrative code governing gender-segregated restrooms ignores 99.7 percent of the population in favor of the 0.03 percent - and defies common …
Fri., Jan. 1, 2016, 4:16 p.m.
Madsen: Drivers need more common sense
Two weeks ago, this column suggested bicyclists start a new trend in reflective clothing and forego dressing like ninjas. The majority of commenting bicyclists were, shall we say, defensive. Not …
Fri., Dec. 25, 2015, 4:28 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Christian, secular traditions shouldn’t clash at Christmas
The Christian and secular traditions of Christmas should be put aside to celebrate peace, writes Spokesman-Review columnist Sue Lani Madsen.
Fri., Nov. 27, 2015, 7:25 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Giving thanks for survival
We have a day to thank Veterans, Mothers, Fathers, Presidents, even Labor unions. It would be appropriate for Spokane’s Mayor Condon to issue a proclamation for a day of thanksgiving …
Fri., Nov. 13, 2015, 2:40 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Strong families key to achieving the American Dream
The best child care and the most well-meaning bureaucracy will never have the power of a parent who holds a child accountable for working to his or her full potential, …
UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 6, 2015, 10 a.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: We don’t need to reform the Affordable Care Act, we need to start over
Tinkering with a health insurance system built on outdated assumptions is at the root of dissatisfaction with the Affordable Care Act. We don’t need reform, we need a restart.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 30, 2015, 7:12 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Affordable Care Act not true health care reform
It’s open season for enrollment in health insurance if you choose to purchase it. Not much of a choice.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 23, 2015, 1:02 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: Election integrity counts
Election integrity is critical to combating voter cynicism. In Washington we have statutes that provide for systematic involvement of election observers representing major political parties.
UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 16, 2015, 8:04 p.m.
Sue Lani Madsen: More red tape won’t save the elephants
Initiative 1401 is an exercise in ineffective redundancy that will do little to curb the poaching of elephants and other magnificent animals.