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It was the former drill sergeant on a February 2017 Heritage Foundation panel discussion who announced, “Biology isn’t bigotry, biology is the truth.” In her opinion, the transgender agenda is not about bathrooms, but about male violence and patriarchal domination of women. She doesn’t care if you call her a bigot.
The assassination attempt on an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball diamond reminded all Americans of the dangers our elected officials face. A normal day was interrupted by hatred.
Tomi Lahren wasn’t what I was expecting. The best encounters with new people always start that way.
One hundred eighty-five candidates just filed to run for public office in Spokane County. And many of them were in violation of the Public Disclosure Commission rules the day they filed. It wasn’t intentional. It’s an artifact of conflicting statutes and rules accumulated since the Public Disclosure Commission was created in 1972.
Snappy soundbites always trump thoughtful analysis.
Librarians knew how to find the answers to any question before Google was invented. Libraries are still a safe space for books on every topic, the foundation of free speech in a free society.
If we treated our domestic livestock the way public wildlife managers treat “their” herds of bighorn sheep, we’d have animal welfare activists pounding on the barn doors.
The city of Spokane’s pending human rights ordinance threatens to expand government and strip landlords of ability to screen tenants for good renters.
The stories we tell ourselves about our past both shape and reflect us. The most powerful are the creation myths.
History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes. Just keep that in mind in this presidential election season, says Sue Lani Madsen.
Washington voters are faced with competitive races for not one but three seats on the Washington Supreme Court. And last Wednesday night, all six candidates appeared on the Gonzaga campus at a forum organized by the League of Women Voters. The McCleary decision on school funding and the ruling to block charter schools inspired a small bipartisan group of legislators, including former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton, to recruit challengers.
The Teamsters visited the Lincoln County Commissioners meeting last Monday and their message was clear: They don’t want the public present at public union negotiations.
As popular culture loses daily touch with nature, romanticizing it becomes the dominant attitude. “Wolves are really, really popular if you don’t have any,” northeast Washington state Rep. Joel Kretz said on the recent TVW special “Wolves in Washington.”
Emotionally charged issues of race are easier to navigate when everyone involved can examine their ingrained attitudes and try to work toward common ground.
The concept of “rewilding” is gaining prominence, but Sue Lani Madsen says the movement to return large swaths of land to its “natural” state ignores history and the adaptability of ecosystems.
Transferring federal lands to the states became uncommon after the first 38 states joined the union, but the habit didn’t become law until the 1976 Federal Land Policy and Management Act. A Congressional policy that changed once can be changed again.
Burdensome building code regulations good example of good intentions gone awry.
Who cares for your child when you can’t is an intensely personal decision. Parents want options that respect their values and fit their family culture. In the last 10 years, the biggest barrier to choice in child care has become the state. Child care is a family function. When mom or dad isn’t available, parents turn first to their personal networks. Informal exchanges with extended family, friends and neighbors fill the need for occasional care, but anything on a consistent basis or involving money comes under state control.
Sue Lani Madsen says it’s apparent to her that life begins at conception, and therefore abortion is an end-of-life decision that must be made using guidelines we’ve adopted for any other age.
Washington’s fragmented primary process has made the state a bystander during the presidential campaign.