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Sue Lani Madsen: Rangeland fire protection associations should be created in Washington

What do you get when a state bureaucrat, two ranchers and a pair of environmentalists walk into an Olympia hearing room? Sometimes, a consensus for policy change. Unfortunately, the Governor’s …


Sue Lani Madsen: Risk, benefit and vaccine mandates

When the Spanish flu went viral in 1918, it didn’t mean trending on Twitter. Before vaccines, antibiotics, better sanitation and clean water, the leading cause of death was infectious disease. …


Sue Lani Madsen: ‘Training young women to be leaders’

Blowing and drifting snow made it impossible to get home from Spokane last Saturday. It was a tough day, and not because of the weather. Five judges interviewed 19 high …



Sue Lani Madsen: Mailer tests transparency law

Less than a month old and the Spokane fair elections ordinance has already drawn fire. The target is its chief proponent, City Council President Ben Stuckart.


Sue Lani Madsen: Consider a dose of skepticism when tweets go viral

Going viral can be deadly. In “The Great Influenza,” a history of the 1918 pandemic, author John M. Barry describes a century of research to isolate the origin of the …


Sue Lani Madsen: Housing Policy Forums, the end of the beginning

Spokane Councilman Breean Beggs described it as “the end of the beginning.” In opening remarks at the last in a series of four housing policy forums, Beggs pointed to the …


Sue Lani Madsen: Beyond abortion

In the case of post-abortion stress syndrome (PASS), politics has superseded medicine.


Sue Lani Madsen: Campaign season is over – sort of

The brief December interregnum is over. For political parties and elected officials, the end of one campaign means it’s time to launch the next. A dozen candidates have already filed …


Sue Lani Madsen: North to Alaska – from Hillyard and Talk Radio to State Government

Local talk radio personality Rick Rydell has been off the air in Spokane for two years. He abruptly announced he was taking a sabbatical from KXLY in December 2016, amid …


Sue Lani Madsen: When dealing with housing, start by defining the problem

It’s possible to develop decent policy without formal stakeholder meetings or a multiyear million dollar study by experts. But it’s difficult-to-impossible without a good definition of the problem. A problem …


Sue Lani Madsen: Initiative 1000 barking up the wrong tree

If you’re unfamiliar with the phrase, or with the acute hearing of dogs, a dog whistle refers to a sound pitched so high only a dog can hear it. When …


Sue Lani Madsen: The more things change…

Mom always said people don’t really change as they get older, they just get more and more like themselves. Apparently so do countries.


Sue Lani Madsen: It’s all about the food – and the soil it grows in

Food, glorious food. The centerpiece of every holiday. Whatever your Thanksgiving tradition, food is the constant whether it’s turkey with sausage stuffing or vegan roasted pumpkin with riced cauliflower dressing. …


Sue Lani Madsen: Child’s play – safe or sorry

Heading over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house next week will undoubtedly trigger a few family disagreements at the Thanksgiving dinner table. If not over politics, over …


Sue Lani Madsen: Sparring the Spokane way

There’s a tough match-up next Tuesday evening in the boxing ring at the Howard Street Gym. No fisticuffs expected, only fact checking and flourishes of humor for the fifth edition …


Sue Lani Madsen: Healthcare – it’s complicated

Health care reform has been a political slogan generator for over a decade. Repeal and Replace! Medicare for All!


Sue Lani Madsen: Community service is not just a punchline

The contrast between Voters’ Pamphlet statements by U.S. Senate candidate Susan Hutchison and incumbent Sen. Maria Cantwell sparked more than a few jokes.


Sue Lani Madsen: Initiatives – live grass or artificial turf

The grassroots origin of the 1912 initiative and referendum process has been invaded by noxious weeds.


Sue Lani Madsen: Politics as a team sport

It’s the 4th quarter and the game is tied. The red and blue teams are both looking to score campaign points with undecided voters, who will have to make the …


The Washington State Department of Archeology – Indiana Jones they’re not

The Washington State Department of Archeology – Indiana Jones they’re not


Sue Lani Madsen: A teachable moment on teen drinking

It’s been a gut wrenching week for anyone following the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and a teachable moment to discuss community norms and parents’ role in underage drinking.


Sue Lani Madsen: Stealing campaign signs

Sign wars have been fierce in the 5th Congressional District campaign. Both sides are suspicious of an organized effort behind the thefts.


Sue Lani Madsen: Taking diabetes treatment into his own hands

Two years ago, Kris Maynard had an idea and a patent pending. Two months from now his patented product will be on the market and his dreams are bigger.


Sue Lani Madsen: Log it, graze it or watch it burn

Three million acres burning, smoky skies blotting out the sun, businesses closed as people stay indoors to escape wind-driven emissions from a thousand small fires.


Sue Lani Madsen: Living with wolves takes guts, knowledge

It takes guts for a bureaucrat to act decisively without clear policy as a safety net. Fortunately for a young researcher treed by wolves, somebody had guts.


Sue Lani Madsen: Wildfire – reading between the lines

The dry reports of fire management can’t capture the flurry and swelter of the reality on the ground.


Sue Lani Madsen: The James Allsups of this world are not the Republican Party

There’s no question James Allsup is a white supremacist. His YouTube videos and writings are full of traditional white supremacist rhetoric that would have been found in underground newspapers a …


Sue Lani Madsen: Resolution on nuclear-free community a distraction from city priorities

Sandwiched between a resolution on a $77 million bond proposal for library projects and an ordinance vacating an alley is a resolution declaring Spokane a nuclear-free community and calling for …


Sue Lani Madsen: HIPAA Identity Theft – Sort Of

If you’re still waiting for your prescription refill authorization or a call back for a physician referral, it might have stalled on my mother’s kitchen table.