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News >  Spokane
Dec. 25, 2015, 4:28 p.m.
The Christian and secular traditions of Christmas should be put aside to celebrate peace, writes Spokesman-Review columnist Sue Lani Madsen.

News >  Spokane
Dec. 18, 2015, 9:59 a.m.
One of the reasons for a relatively high casualty rate among bicyclists involved in traffic accidents became apparent to me on a trip through downtown Spokane this fall – bicycle ninjas.

News >  Spokane
Dec. 11, 2015, 10:22 p.m.
Would you be a winner or a loser if Washington shifted from taxing drivers per gallon to taxing per mile? City dwellers with short trips look like obvious winners. People with a 40-mile round trip to town are worried. In reality, everyone is already paying per mile measured on fuel economy.

News >  Spokane
Dec. 4, 2015, 11:02 a.m.
Next time you’re driving through Washington’s empty spaces, thank a volunteer firefighter or EMT for being ready to come to your aid.

News >  Spokane
Nov. 27, 2015, 7:25 p.m.
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 after everyone has the power back on.

News >  Spokane
Nov. 20, 2015, 11:08 a.m.
As we mull whether to accept Syrian refugees, it’s worth keeping in mind that we have rules for war, and ISIS doesn’t play by the rules.

News >  Spokane
Nov. 6, 2015, 10 a.m.
Tinkering with a health insurance system built on outdated assumptions is at the root of dissatisfaction with the Affordable Care Act.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.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 30, 2015, 10:35 a.m.
It’s open season for enrollment in health insurance if you choose to purchase it. Not much of a choice.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 23, 2015, 12:50 p.m.
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.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 16, 2015, 4:50 p.m.
Initiative 1401 is an exercise in ineffective redundancy that will do little to curb the poaching of elephants and other magnificent animals.

News >  Spokane
Oct. 9, 2015, 12:25 p.m.
When it comes to voting on initiatives, we all need to read the fine print - especially on Proposition 1, the “Workers’ Bill of Rights.”

News >  Spokane
Sept. 26, 2015, midnight
There’s a mouse in the house. He’s left signs on the counter and chewed the apples in the bowl. Dirty, disease-carrying varmints – time to get out the traps. It’s one thing to see field mice at the edge of the garden, but when they invade my space I draw the line. The sonic deterrents are plugged in and we’ve done our best to seal up the house, but they sneak in anyway. Maybe your nemesis isn’t mice, maybe it’s spiders or snakes or mosquitos. Unless you’re an ascetic Jainist or an evangelical vegan, there’s some critter you are willing to stomp, trap, slap or kill to protect your family and your territory. And why is that? You have a rational fear of pain, disease and economic loss.

News >  Spokane
Sept. 19, 2015, midnight
Editor’s note: Today we’re debuting a new voice in The Spokesman-Review’s news pages, Sue Lani Madsen. Her column will appear Saturdays on the Northwest page. Political analysis confirms that the liberal-conservative split reflects two different cultures: one based in metropolitan counties and the other in the small towns and rural communities of fly-over country. It shows starkly when looking at the U.S. electoral map, separated not by red and blue states but by red and blue counties.