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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Lack of skepticism spreads fake news in the ongoing civil war of words. This time it was progressives who got snookered.
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.”
She hopes to provide “a modicum of water for rural landowners.” Not adequate water, a modicum. A smidgen. A pittance. A drop in the bucket.
Initiative 502, which legalized marijuana in 2012, requires the state to support education programs with “medically and scientifically accurate information about the health and safety risks posed by marijuana use.” The state would do well to evaluate Spokane’s success.
Predicting the future accurately is impossible. Government planning is doomed to fail, according to Randal O’Toole, author of “The Best-Laid Plans.”
A 70-year-old Thanksgiving tradition needs disruption. The pair of turkeys presented by the National Turkey Federation could have provided meat for the White House table, but alas, President Trump pardoned Wishbone and Drumstick last Tuesday.
It was a case of incredibly bad timing and human error, but not a conspiracy. The Public Disclosure Commission changed the website on October 26th to make it more user-friendly. In the simplification process, the technical team left out two columns of address data in the primary campaign interface.
There is a national progressive movement using municipal legislation to drive state and federal policy through the courts. Does Spokane want an increasingly political City Council, or one that focuses on city business?
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.
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.
Students have always been expected to bring their own basic supplies. The cost of fully funding the supplies list for a typical 5th grader is $30 to $60 or more per child depending on the district, not counting gym shoes and a backpack.
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
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 or not cover the Pavilion at Riverfront Park.
Camping on Independence Day weekend can mean enduring a thoughtless stranger’s ill-timed fireworks.
We have a state budget and if the Legislature does it right, everyone will be a little bit unhappy.