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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.


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 12:24 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: No more newsboys

No more newsboys. Those intrepid boys (and sometimes girls) who delivered newspapers by bicycle and on foot in the early hours before school have disappeared.


Sue Lani Madsen: Camping connections

Hear “ecotourism” and you might picture a treehouse in Thailand or an unspoiled forest in Costa Rica. Probably not pitching a tent next to an old farmhouse on the Palouse …


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: Rural America must move past mental health stigma

Isolation, family pressures and economic stress are now recognized as major mental health risk factors. And the rugged Rough Rider image Teddy Roosevelt established as the archetype of American manhood …


Sue Lani Madsen: The media’s different takes on a dam bill

After passage in Congress of HR 3144 on April 25, Rep. Dan Newhouse and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers held an open media call. It was interesting as an apprentice journalist …


Sue Lani Madsen: Sensible reforms in the 2018 Farm Bill

A makeover is underway at the site of Expo ’74, to “update and improve Riverfront Park for the next generation.” The 2018 Farm Bill needs to do the same for …


Sue Lani Madsen: Obamacare remains broken, especially for rural hospitals

Whether you describe the future of health care as repealing or improving the Affordable Care Act, there is no simple solution. But there is agreement on the need for change …


Sue Lani Madsen: At WSU, sometimes appropriate tech bests high-tech

Walk into The Spark on the WSU Pullman campus and it’s clearly all about high-tech high-performance. Except the bathrooms.


UPDATED: Sun., March 25, 2018, 2:48 p.m.

Rangeland firefighting provides model for ranchers and government workers to collaborate

Rural culture takes pride in self-reliance. Bureaucracies are built on the cult of the expert from out of town. They’ve found common ground in eastern Oregon and southern Idaho, collaborating …


Sue Lani Madsen: Beef’s beef with USDA over imports

American producers have filed a lawsuit to support free trade and protect consumers of their product.


Sue Lani Madsen: Public sector unions use the state as collection agency

But there is no longer any reason for an employer to provide bookkeeping and bill paying services. And change has public sector unions scared spitless.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 17, 2018, 2:32 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: Infrastructure, eh?

We could learn a few things from our cousins in Canada about designing and building infrastructure.


Sue Lani Madsen: On revenge and accountability

HB 2587 purports to be about simply adding fee disclosure requirements for special deputy prosecuting attorneys appointed by an elected county prosecutor. But the bill isn’t about transparency, it’s about …


Sue Lani Madsen: From the government and here to help

Apollo Fuhriman loves his job. He’s from the government, and he’s helping. His job is finding regulations to eliminate. “We look at regulations, guidance documents, anything the federal government touches …


Sue Lani Madsen: No replacement for a father’s love

It’s called the “father factor.” It’s at the root of every negative cultural measure – children twice as likely to drop out of high school, more likely to abuse drugs …