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Sue Lani Madsen: College isn’t for everyone seeking meaningful work, living wage

Most parents want their kids to find meaningful work and a living wage by their early 20s. But gettng those things doesn’t always require a college degree.


Rob Curley: As nominations for inspirational Spokane women roll in, we need a little more help

As we’ve worked through the process to celebrate the Inland Northwest’s next generation of women leaders, we’ve been reminded of several incredible women who have long helped to make the …


Shawn Vestal: It’s up to Matt Shea’s voters to do the right thing – and they haven’t done it yet

If anything, the growing condemnation of Matt Shea by local officials, in response to the latest details about our region’s foremost conspiratorial, paranoid, gun-worshipping, anti-government zealot, will just fuel his …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 8 p.m.

Powered by Plants: Where to purchase plant-based products in Spokane

Like an 18th century sailor mapping out a series of Caribbean islands on a rum-running escapade, vegans and vegetarians will often ping-pong around a city bouncing from store to store …


100 years ago in Eastern Washington: Kidnapper fleeing prison on train captured in Starbuck

Cleopus Viens escaped from the pentientiary in Walla Walla while working in the kitchen, but he was captured riding a freight train after being spotted by railroad guards.


Spin Control: We’re No. 5! Not a great chant, but respectable

Washington ranked fifth in turnout for the 2018 midterm elections.


Paul Turner: Spokane, for some, is near perfect

We all know people who like to grouse about Spokane.


Shawn Vestal: Treatment is everyone’s favorite solution, but it’s not so simple

Often, when social issues become politicized – whether it’s homelessness in Spokane or gun violence nationwide – there is a brief, urgent flare of interest in “treatment” as a solution. …


Sue Lani Madsen: Representative’s tribal visit is a reminder that we have a system that works, even when it works slowly

Conflict or the potential for conflict attracts more media attention than harmony. That explains why some events on Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ calendar this week received news coverage, and others …


Shawn Vestal: Where should we look for housing solutions? Not here, not here, not here

Everyone agrees we need affordable housing and services for the poor. Everyone has, they assure everyone else, a heart for the suffering among us. And everyone concludes, over and over …


Rob Curley: Molly Quinn has been adding a special touch to The S-R for nearly 30 years

Molly’s work is different because it feels so human. If you saw one of her watercolors in an art museum, you wouldn’t think a second about it being out of …


Paul Turner: Rooting against a football team can make anyone a fan

So before the S-R sports section rolls out its always excellent preseason previews, here’s my brief guide to selecting a college team to root against.


Shawn Vestal: Clean summer air is but a dream

Every single day of 1999, the air was safe to breathe. Imagine.


Paul Turner: Well, back in Spokane …

We’ve all encountered people who move here and talk incessantly about how great it was back where they came from. A little of that is OK, understandable even. Eventually that …


Sue Lani Madsen: When discrimination is a good thing

With record low unemployment, there’s a place for any qualified worker. The key word is qualified. The challenge is effective – and legal – screening.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 11:15 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Change is coming, but we still have to decide how much

The early primary results included both signs of swing – chiefly in Nadine Woodward’s leap to the front of the mayor’s race and strong performances from other critics of the …


Selling our house has become an emotional endeavor

Selling a house in Spokane this summer is like being a pretty girl.


Shawn Vestal: Despite delay, price hike, Central City Line holds great potential in itself and as a model

The people overseeing the Central City Line say the sharp recent increase in the project’s estimated budget is not a red flag marking an emerging boondoggle. In fact, they argue …


Rob Curley: No perfect way to pick top Non Sequitur strips, but we did it anyway

You know from the beginning that it can’t be a complete list of the best … more of just a guide to goodness.


Paul Turner: Real estate flyers bring up a plethora of questions

The art of critiquing real estate flyers.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 2, 2019, 9:49 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Explanations for letting man accused of ‘child torture’ off the hook aren’t a good excuse

Despite an explanation of the decision not the press charges against a man who has an extensive history of credible reports of abusing his three children, it remains inexplicable how …


Rob Curley: Non Sequitur creator, who went too far and lost a lot, will return to The Spokesman with a special Spokane strip

Non Sequitur was one of the most-read comics in the United States until its creator snuck an anti-Trump message into a strip and hundreds of newspaper canceled it. Slowly, some …


UPDATED: Tue., July 30, 2019, 12:09 a.m.

Paul Turner: It may be hard to explain to your cousin that Washington has dry weather and Republicans

For Spokane residents, summer vacation trips to visit relatives in distant red states can involve trying to explain the two Washingtons. There is the Washington that people far from here …


Faith and Values: Political signs say who we vote for, not who we are

People I don’t agree with have good qualities, and it’s up to me to find out what they are. It’s not fair to judge or label them based on signs …


Sue Lani Madsen: Candidate questionnaires bear sour grapes

Candidates are deluged with a multitude of questionnaires, even if they aren’t seeking an endorsement.


Huckleberries: Chocolate-covered doughnut caper pinned on deputy

Everything was ready but the bride and groom two hours before the Saturday wedding of Rathdrum’s Zach Byler and Natalie Goodman.


Hawkins instilling running mentality in Pasco

Anyone who’s ever spent a prolonged amount of time in the Tri-Cities knows what a summer along the Columbia River means.


Rob Curley: Dorothy still cooking while kitchen gets a few new appliances

When Dorothy Dean and her nostalgia-filled recipes returned to the pages of The Spokesman-Review in the snow-filled winter of 2017 after a nearly 35-year absence, it was like our long-lost …


Maybe you should skip the T-shirt from latest vacation

There are two kinds of people in Spokane: travelers and homebodies.


Getting There: Bikeways are coming to East Sprague

What started as an idea from a former Spokane City Council member, and turned into a war of words between the state Senate majority leader and the mayor, is inching …