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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 revenge.

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 that we can streamline, cut, reduce or make easier, better and faster to use by small business.”

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 and alcohol, seven times more likely to become a teen pregnancy statistic. Addressing the overwhelming consequences of absent fathers was the focus of the Spokane Fatherhood Initiative’s 2018 conference last Saturday. The initiative seeks to build stronger dads and stronger families. “Spokane as the birthplace of Father’s Day is a good place to energize the fatherhood movement,” said Ron Hauenstein, SpoFI chairman.

Sue Lani Madsen: As Roe v. Wade approaches milestone 45th anniversary, questions of viability, abortion on collision course

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor wasn’t on the Supreme Court when Roe v. Wade was decided 45 years ago. But in 1983, she wrote a dissenting opinion in a subsequent abortion case. “The Roe framework ... is clearly on a collision course with itself ... As medical science becomes better able to provide for the separate existence of the fetus, the point of viability is moved further back toward conception.” Given the rapid pace of advancement in medical science, that collision may well come before Roe v. Wade’s 50th anniversary.

Sue Lani Madsen: Security and freedom

There is common ground on health care – the system isn’t working. Everyone has favorite anecdotes about what’s working the worst, either before or after the Affordable Care Act or both. Lots of both.

Sue Lani Madsen: Christmas is a time to celebrate the leaders among us

It’s not only sports programs that seek recruits. At Leadership Spokane and the Washington AgForestry Foundation, the next few months will focus on recruiting. So will a new startup called LeaderBuild. All seek to make a difference by strengthening individuals as servant leaders. A century ago, leader was a title and leadership merely described a leader’s activities. In his book “Leading People From The Middle,” Whitworth University’s President Emeritus William P. Robinson writes that under new definitions of leadership, “it doesn’t matter whether you serve as the mayor or the village idiot, you can still provide leadership ... influencing from among, rather than above, below or in front of one’s group.”

Sue Lani Madsen: Puerto Rico has long road ahead

The eye of the Category 4 storm swept across the center of the island. A U. S. Navy installation recorded a peak gust of 227 mph before it was blown away. The president had been criticized earlier in the hurricane season for a slow response in Florida, and FEMA was on top of this one. Even before the hurricane made landfall in Kauai on Sept. 11, 1992, federal resources were headed toward a staging area on Oahu, only 108 air miles from Hurricane Iniki’s destruction. One of those resources was in the belly of a C-141 cargo plane with two pallets of supplies and 25 medical personnel. One of those resources was me.

Sue Lani Madsen: Despite climate change disagreement, we need common ground to battle wildfire

Last Friday night, my fellow panelists and I dutifully arrived early for the taping of “On Point” with Tom Ashbrook. It was Spokane Public Radio’s annual thank you event for underwriters and volunteers. Ashbrook usually hosts his show live from Boston, but is on a “Listening to America Tour.” Spokane was his only scheduled stop west of the Mississippi. The blue team panelists were Peter Goldmark, former Washington state commissioner of public lands, and Cody Desautel, natural resource director for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation. I represented the red team.

Madsen: Council’s focus on climate change ignores real Spokane issues

On Monday night, the Spokane City Council will take up a topic of vital interest to every citizen. Not effective pothole repair. Not timely snow removal. Not how to pay for more police on the beat. Not even weighing in on whether to cover the Pavilion in Riverfront Park. More below. Sometimes I want to move to CdA. CH