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UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 20, 2019, 11:56 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Family pushes parish to change course, after decision to stop allowing girls as altar servers

“I started to cry,” Emily Leonard said about her reaction hearing why girls could no longer be altar servers. “Before we left, I said, ‘Please let the girls who are …


Spin Control: Seattle city elections about issues similar to those at stake in Spokane

There’s a city that starts with an “S” that has municipal elections this year, where solutions to homelessness – or the lack thereof – have been controversial, where the questions …


Sue Lani Madsen: We don’t need affirmative action choking paths to success

What is sometimes a useful tool for jumpstarting change can quickly begin to undermine the very people it presumes to help.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 18, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

Rob Curley: Revisit Zags’ rise with Big Ed and Q on eve of Bulldogs’ season

The evening will feature tons of cool videos, fun and revealing live interviews on stage with Gonzaga men’s assistant coach Tommy Lloyd and women’s head coach Lisa Fortier, as well …


Shawn Vestal: The chill between cops and watchdog deepens, as controversial case approaches public release

The relationship between police chief and ombudsman – always bound to have some inherent tension – has devolved into a chilly estrangement, growing partly from criticisms regarding a still-secret case …


Shawn Vestal: New project puts torture program, and its Spokane architects, on silver screen

“The Report,” a new film that aims to be in the tradition of 1970s political thrillers like “All the President’s Men,” is set for a theatrical release in November.


Faith and Values: ‘Running the homeless out of the city is running Jesus out of the city’

When someone lands on the street we have a moral obligation to care for them in whatever way we can. Maybe for some of us that’s through prayer or volunteering …


Spin Control: Time to rethink rides on World War II bombers

Even though it means the organizations will lose a source of funding from the contributions they get for short flights over the host cities, the public rides should stop. The …


Shawn Vestal: Catholic school governors tie themselves in knots to explain McClain absence

Clergy members of a church that


Faith and Values: Through God’s forgiveness, we have peace with him

To believe in the love of God is not to believe he dismisses offenses or does not care about them. No, it is to cling confidently by faith to the …


Climate change group not happy with Inslee

Not all groups fighting climate change are fans of Jay Inslee.


American lives taking shape: For refugees from the Congo, life in Spokane is one of hope, heartache

For Veronique Changa Changa and her children, the catastrophe they fled in the Congo was vast, even global, in nature, but they’ve recently experienced a more intimate, personal tragedy: The …


Sue Lani Madsen: Private property rights include the right to be an eyesore

The city of Spokane, like many municipalities, has a Code Enforcement office to respond to complaints about problem properties. The process is straightforward, the implementation is complex. One person’s peeling …


Faith and Values: Be an aware, active advocate of creation

Everywhere we look, from majestic mountains or sunsets to the tiniest stamen in a flower, we need to be increasingly aware of how our world is nourished by every living …


Shawn Vestal: There it is again – the center of Spokane is the state’s poorest district

These figures are new, but the phenomenon isn’t. But incomes in the city are not just low compared to booming Seattle – they are hovering near the poverty line, indicating …


Sue Lani Madsen: Even if it’s all in English, we’re not speaking the same language

When so many voices are pulling us apart, the center cannot hold. Language is the last refuge of common culture, and we’ve abused and overused it. When everyone is Hitler, …


Shawn Vestal: Another winter without a plan, as mayor’s commitment to shelter system appears to wane

This week’s announcement that the city would again pursue temporary solutions, almost all of which still have yet to be identified, for sheltering the homeless during winter put an exclamation …


Huckleberries: Where there’s smoke, there might be fire

Paul Amador, an Idaho state representative from Coeur d’Alene, noticed smoke after checking into a vacation condo at Invermere, British Columbia. Then, he tells Huckleberries, “I had the opportunity to …


Shawn Vestal: Be the hero the republic – and Republicans – truly need, Representative

Preserve some honor, Congresswoman. Support the impeachment inquiry. Use whatever influence and leverage you have to set an example. Be the leader your words would have us believe you are.


Faith and Values: To aid the environment, Buddhism teaches us to see interdependence between nature and living

There are numerous meditation and mind-training practices we can do to support a healthy environment.


Spin Control: Competition to be the 51st star in the American flag

For a brief moment, it seemed like U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib had something in common with state Rep. Matt Shea.


Sue Lani Madsen: Mandatory sex education should focus on reducing risks, not avoiding consequences

OSPI is pushing a curriculum standard focused on avoiding consequences rather than reducing risk, according to LeAnna Benn, director of Teen Aid. “Research for over 25 years has demonstrated the …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 20, 2019, 8:33 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: Realtors and other rich interests are pouring money into funds to back Nadine Woodward and other Spokane candidates

As special-interest money pours into local elections, do donors with $50 to contribute deserve 100 or even 1,000 times less free speech than the deep pockets? What about people without …


Front Porch: Traveling not just fun, but good for mental health, too

I have not climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, had a zipline adventure in New Zealand or gone to Mardi Gras – but I did visit a friend in California recently, and I …


Shawn Vestal: Homelessness case that has candidates talking and cities worried may not be the final word

Officials shouldn’t lean too hard on an appeals court decision as the reason to provide shelter for the homeless – as opposed to the moral, practical and ethical arguments in …


Faith and Values: The key to restoration is embracing, not forgetting, the past

Earlier this summer, a friend from high school pinged me on social media to say she’d be passing through Spokane and wanted to get together. Without hesitation, I said yes.


Paul Turner: Moving on means looking back at decades spent documenting Spokane

From early 1988 until just a few years ago, I saved every S-R section to which I had contributed. Chronicle sections, too. I wanted a record of my work. Then, …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 15, 2019, 12:02 p.m.

Rob Curley: Mayor David Condon’s annual galas have now raised over $1 million for local charities

On Friday night, Condon was wearing his tux inside a U.S. Pavilion that was filled with others who were similarly overdressed for a night at Riverfront Park. It was for …


Sue Lani Madsen: 51st state movement rooted in history and differences, not fantasy

Spokane Interstate fairgoers visiting the Liberty state booth would be surprised to hear themselves described as paranoid extremists seeking a fantasyland. Top topics include tax increases, income tax proposals, property …


Paul Turner: A trip to the ER spurs memories of hockey and childhood friendships

It’s funny what goes through your mind when waiting to be seen in the emergency room.