Stories tagged: column
Sun., June 16, 2019, 5 a.m.
Some of us are concerned that kids in Spokane have lost their edge when it comes to complaining about being bored. The solution? Try a conversation about local current events.
Sun., June 16, 2019
Mark Twain said many funny, true, quotable things, but among them was not “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything out it.” He simply repeated the quip of …
Sat., June 15, 2019, 5:03 a.m.
I-1648 has no paid signature gatherers. No paid staff. No millions in out-of-state money buying an astroturf campaign. But a Facebook page about the initiative has exploded with support, and …
Fri., June 14, 2019
As another academic year comes to a close, as schools mark the end of this season, celebrate graduations and promotions, and commence summer vacation, I remember all of my teachers.
Wed., June 12, 2019, 5 a.m.
When people try to co-opt blackface for their own unrelated political aims – by, say, comparing drag queens to blackface performers – it cynically reduces the historical crime of blackface …
Tue., June 11, 2019, 5 a.m.
The last couple of batches of checkbooks I have received are all but impossible to use. It’s a plot. I see that now.
Sun., June 9, 2019, 5 a.m.
You’re looking at the newspaper and see a local story that you suspect will generate a letter to the editor. Do you try to imagine the opening sentence of that …
UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 9:47 p.m.
Libraries promote reading, but Spokane Public Library’s story-hour theme based on drag queens takes a particular stand on gender fluidity.
Tue., June 4, 2019, 4 a.m.
Traveling in the West is a bit different than elsewhere when the time comes to find a restroom.
Sun., June 2, 2019, 3 a.m.
Ever have one of those moments when you are reminded, to an acute degree, that you did not grow up on a farm?
Tue., May 28, 2019, 5 p.m.
As frameworks for self-improvement regimens go, summer’s not bad. Do you have anything in mind for a midyear resolution?
Sun., May 26, 2019, 5 a.m.
Opinions vary about just when summer begins.
Sat., May 25, 2019, 10:03 a.m.
Ask the doctors advice column for Saturday, May 25, 2019.
Sat., May 25, 2019, 5 a.m.
“How are the children,” Victor Rivas Rivers asked, quoting a traditional Masai greeting. It’s a measure of the health of the community. When children grow up experiencing abuse first or …
Fri., May 24, 2019, 5 a.m.
Who’s ready for summer? Swimming, grilling, camping, coughing …
Wed., May 22, 2019, 5 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Universities should look at their out-of-classroom spending growth before they start slashing budgets
As Eastern Washington University wades into the thicket of budget cutting by 3.5% here and 3.5% there, there’s another percentage that’s worth consideration. One hundred and fifty-five percent.
Sun., May 19, 2019, 5 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Avista, whatever that means, should rename itself something meaningful. How about Washington Water Power?
What if – upon the occasion of Scott Morris’ retirement as head honcho – Avista decided to return to the name that is a part of city skyline? The name …
Sat., May 18, 2019, 5 a.m.
“Our commitment is to continually making things better. You can’t wake up every morning frustrated,” advised Jeff Thomas, CEO of Frontier Behavioral Health. Actually, you can, but it’s not healthy. …
Thu., May 16, 2019, 5:05 a.m.
Where does the time go?
UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019, 6:04 p.m.
For some men of a certain age, the sad news that Doris Day had died rekindled conflicted memories.
Sun., May 12, 2019, 5 a.m.
In the lawn-loving Spokane area, your attitude about dandelions can almost amount to a distinct personality profile.
Sun., May 12, 2019, 5 a.m.
When I play the piano, I hit a lot of wrong notes. But I’m lucky to know, because my mom showed me, that if I keep trying, I’ll hit more …
Sat., May 11, 2019, 5 a.m.
He is now officially homeless. Thank you, mental health care “system,” you have done it again.
Wed., May 8, 2019, 5 a.m.
The Christmas-loving Morrises, of Hayden, have again donned their robes as victims of religious persecution.
Tue., May 7, 2019, 5 a.m.
What exactly are grounds for ejection from a Spokane area backyard cookout?
Sun., May 5, 2019, 5 a.m.
As you know, today is the unofficial start of portable toilet season in the Inland Northwest.
UPDATED: Mon., May 6, 2019, 6:36 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: ‘Homeless Island’ idea touted in ‘Seattle is dying’ based on Rhode Island program that isn’t as reported
Perhaps you’ve heard recently of the “genius” of Rhode Island’s approach to homelessness.
Sat., May 4, 2019, 5 a.m.
Once again, the Washington legislature adjourned without agreeing to pay its fair share of election costs. “Could have been worse, but still not a good session for local government. They …
UPDATED: Wed., May 1, 2019, 4:09 p.m.
There are things in life that go together so well that you just can’t separate them.
Tue., April 30, 2019, 5 a.m.
Here’s a guide to quizzing the neighborhood kid before he starts the lawnmower.