THURSDAY, JULY 18, 2019
Every release from the Spokane County Jail, from the least serious to the most, from allegation to conviction to dismissal, tells a different story. But we apply the same blunt tool to every one: a jail cell, at a daily rate of $133.
FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2019
Nadine Woodward has distinguished herself as someone who seems to gaze upon the city from a castle window, viewing problems from an aloof, fearful distance. This is unfortunate if you see civic compassion toward the homeless as a crucial test of our city’s character.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10, 2019
Even if you like your lawn – even if yours is a cool, plush carpet to which you relish devoting unreasonable amounts of time, money and natural resources – it literally, actually sucks: It inhales water like crazy.
SUNDAY, JULY 7, 2019
Christopher Lawrence has seen massive social changes in the 50 years since the riots at the Stonewall Inn, and he’s helped a lot of those changes come about in Spokane and elsewhere.
FRIDAY, JULY 5, 2019
As we move toward the arrival of primary ballots, political action committees are already laying in hefty, single-source contributions that will likely – if history is any guide – fuel the worst of the electioneering we will see in the next few months.
THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2019
It’s the day we celebrate the birth of the country. Our declared independence. Our armed refusal to buckle under to a king. Our freedom.
SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2019
If Mayor David Condon doesn’t reject a Spokane Police Guild demand to exclude the police ombudsman from an investigation, he’ll render the ombudsman system meaningless
The Spokesman-Review’s annual short-fiction series looks back 50 years to the Summer of ’69.
TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019
We need a mayoral contest of ideas and philosophies and proposals, one sharpened through debates, forums, interviews and other means to separate the candidates from stage management and sloganeering as possible.
TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019
The leader of the Spokane County Deputy Sheriffs Association recognizes that his duty does not flow only toward the union, but also toward the public and its expectation of high standards.
SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2019
Would it surprise you to know that crime in Spokane – and crime downtown, in particular – is down significantly so far this year?
FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2019
As another academic year comes to a close, as schools mark the end of this season, celebrate graduations and promotions, and commence summer vacation, I remember all of my teachers.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019
When people try to co-opt blackface for their own unrelated political aims – by, say, comparing drag queens to blackface performers – it cynically reduces the historical crime of blackface to little more than a selfish, opportunistic political strategy.
FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019
Each year, the athletics department’s accumulated deficit – the amount it “owes” to other departments at the school – grows. Today, for example, the school’s Board of Regents is expected to hear a report that pegs the sports debt at $103 million by 2023, significantly higher than last year’s estimate.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2019
People with housing – they’re everywhere, and their numbers are growing. Try not to overreact.
FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019
It might be the most gruesome garage sale in Spokane history. Zombie parts. Zombie goo. Bottles of blood. Heads and hands. Wigs and prosthetics. Racks and racks and racks of clothing – lots of it grimed up post-apocalyptically.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 29, 2019
Time was, if Spokane went a-courtin’ in Seattle, trying to woo businesses and rich folk over to the dry side, it wouldn’t have raised a whisper of concern in the Emerald City.
MONDAY, MAY 27, 2019
Reading and writing about the Vietnam War has brought Larry Plager in touch with his war experiences, and resulted in a gift of hundreds of books, videos and other materials to Gonzaga University that are now part of its permanent library collection.
FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019
Who’s ready for summer? Swimming, grilling, camping, coughing …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 2019
As Eastern Washington University wades into the thicket of budget cutting by 3.5% here and 3.5% there, there’s another percentage that’s worth consideration. One hundred and fifty-five percent.
SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2019
What if – upon the occasion of Scott Morris’ retirement as head honcho – Avista decided to return to the name that is a part of city skyline? The name that lived for a century in the Northwest?
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 2019
Washington’s new law to establish safer standards on the highly flammable oil trains that pass regularly through Spokane – past hospitals, a high school, a freeway – is likely headed for a courtroom.
SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2019
When I play the piano, I hit a lot of wrong notes. But I’m lucky to know, because my mom showed me, that if I keep trying, I’ll hit more and more right ones.
FRIDAY, MAY 10, 2019
The intensely counterfactual speech emerging continually from the White House and its emissaries is a crisis. No country built on self-governance can function when lies and misinformation, to say nothing of outright criminality, flood the public square daily.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2019
The Christmas-loving Morrises, of Hayden, have again donned their robes as victims of religious persecution.