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In our lifetime, the Spokane River and the Rathdrum Prairie/Spokane Valley aquifer have never been cleaner, and they are becoming cleaner still.
Cartoon for December 23.
Penny Marshall turned the All American Girls Professional Baseball League story into the highest-grossing baseball film in Hollywood history.
Cartoon for December 22.
The Bonneville Power Administration’s challenges include a disappearing California market for BPA’s surplus energy, aging assets requiring major capital investment, and the rapid expansion of Northwest wind and solar capacity, among others.
After 40 years of dairy farming, I sold my herd of cows. I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to take over our farm – who would? Dairy farming is little more than hard work and possible economic suicide.
The holiday season should be a happy time, and it can be an environmentally responsible one as well by ensuring all of those cardboard boxes going into recycling bins are empty, clean and dry.
Cartoon for December 22.
Donald Trump was right to denounce Obama for declaring victory against the Islamic State and withdrawing U.S. forces. So why is he now doing exactly what he criticized Obama for doing?
Cartoon for December 21.
As Facebook generates billions in profits by exploiting access to our attention and our personal lives, it tells us this arrangement is good for us. It’s long past time to ask why we ever believed them.
In the short run, Vladimir Putin has won several tactical victories. In the long run, however, these same wins have planted the seeds of long-term isolation and weakness for Russia on the world stage.
American primacy may be a drag, but it beats the alternatives – and if we are to maintain our geopolitical primacy, we will need to stop the erosion of our military edge.
Cartoon for December 20.
“Hi, what brings you in today?” I chirp for maybe the 40th time that day. Each customer who walks into the store is subjected to the same insipid script, which might vary slightly depending on the weather (“Is it still raining out there?”). Once I determine her needs (a company Christmas party), I steer her to the perfect black sequined top, turn her over to another associate, and hustle back to the front of the store to repeat the process. I’m on greeting duty today, which means making sure no patron goes unacknowledged – and giving up most of my commissions for the day. It’s demoralizing, but that’s retail. Typically, consumers don’t give a lot of thought to the ubiquitous sales associate, even though retail is the nation’s No. 1 occupation. And neither did I – until I signed up for what I called “my little retirement job” following a long career as a reporter at the Chicago Tribune. I took a gig at White House Black Market at Oakbrook Center, an upscale women’s clothing store in an equally high-end mall in Chicago’s western suburbs. Rarely have I seen so many work so hard for so little.
A federal judge in Texas just threw out the Affordable Care Act root and branch. Upheld, the ruling would rocket Republicans toward their goal of killing Obamacare. The downside for Republicans is that the program has become quite popular.
That the House Democrats are going to drive toward a vote on one or more articles of impeachment seems, to me, predestined. But President Donald Trump can look at his markers already down on the table and actually come to relish the battle.
The Trump team’s possible collusion with Russia to sabotage and tilt the 2016 election, a probe spearheaded by Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, pulls many strands of the investigations together. But there are many other threads that investigators are pulling on.
Cartoon for December 18.
Cartoon for December 17.