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Score Big One For The Common Man Work, Talent Paid Off Bono Got His Start Making Meat Deliveries Along Sunset Boulevard.

Was Sonny Bono’s lightweight reputation deserved or did his political career prove the critics wrong? Even in death, U.S. Rep. Sonny Bono can’t shake his 1970s persona as a clown …


These Nice Guys Should Finish First

If this were the movies, Washington State would win the Rose Bowl tomorrow, with a miraculous touchdown as the final gun sounds. That’s the way it works. The good guys …


Ewu Affair A Test Of State’s Resolve

Eastern Washington University needs help, and Gov. Gary Locke has moved decisively to provide it. Locke named three well-qualified trustees to Eastern’s board. Each appears to have an open mind …


Locke’s Gas Tax Plan The Better Solution

Gov. Gary Locke, that big-spending Democrat, wants to raise the gasoline tax. Braaaaaack. Republican legislators, those short-sighted tightwads, don’t want to improve our potholed, congested roads. Neener neener neener. If …


Work, Simplicity Propel Habitat

Denise Otradovec may soon hang a “Home Sweet Home” sign at her new house on East DeSmet. This year Habitat for Humanity’s Spokane chapter celebrates its 10th anniversary. It is …


Extra Day Off Only Invites Cynicism Not Fair Government Workers Get A Break That Many Others Don’t Receive.

Declaring federal holidays is not a task to be undertaken lightly. The last time Congress decided to establish a holiday was in 1983 when Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday was …


, Virginia …

Editor’s note: One hundred years ago, The New York Sun published this, the most famous editorial ever written: We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at …


Benefits Could Be Substantial

Last week, state Sen. Gordon Crow looked like a man who had just had a cigar blow up in his face. The Coeur d’Alene Republican unwittingly stirred up the North …


Receiving Through The Giving Of Self

They have old-fashioned names: Owen, Loren, Mac, Millard, Mary, Betsy, Allen, Marv. They are mostly retired from paid work, removed from the rush-rush-rush of family and career that marked their …


Death, Destruction Are Terrible Chasers

Whether your celebrations sparkle with cubic zirconia or diamonds, flow with Budweiser or Dom Perignon, one fact of holiday life crosses all lines of class and income. Drinking and driving …


Cooler-Running Motors Hold Up

Decades ago, a high school senior was forced to choose between working more hours at a grocery store and playing a final year of varsity baseball. He was on his …


Prompt Resolution Should Be The Rule

She lived every 15-year-old girl’s nightmare. Two Ferris High School boys created a business card and put the girl’s name and phone number on it, along with a computer-generated color …


911 There In Time Of Need

Her voice provided a lifeline. The 11-year-old boy had just been shot by his mother. He had the wherewithal to dial 911, and the dispatcher comforted, soothed and got the …


A Light On Darker Corners Of The Mind

In one of Maya Angelou’s most memorable poems, she wrote: “… Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear, I rise. Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream …


Cooperation Laudable

… And speaking of high-profile issues, the City of Spokane and the state Department of Ecology are on their way to settling a doozy. Kathryn Kelly, a scientist hired by …


Thanks, 4.4 Millions

Congratulations to the Spokane County commissioners and other stewards of the county’s finances. Five years ago, the county’s reserve funds had fallen to $517,000, so low that Wall Street analysts …


Resist Urge To Gripe

Judging by the toxic talk that follows any attempt to raise the pay of Spokane’s city administrators, these top jobs must have been filled in the dark of night by …


Facilitate Breastfeeding

Thirty minutes is not much time in a work day. Employees can waste that many minutes on personal calls, office gossip and meetings that last longer than they should. Thirty …


Whitmans Notable, Less Than Admirable Keep History Real It’s Not For Creating A Cast Of Handy Heroes.

Should Whitman College dethrone the pioneers for whom it’s named or do they still deserve respect? Weep no tears for the loss of Walla Walla’s historic pageant called “Wagons West.” …


Heroes They Were And Should Remain Don’t Revise History Judge Famous Figures Within The Context Of Their Times.

Should Whitman College dethrone the pioneers for whom it’s named or do they still deserve respect? It’s an indictment of our times that the 150th anniversary of the Whitman Massacre …


Goal Is To Make Marriages Durable

Phil Altmeyer devotes his career to picking up the hurting human fragments of blown-up marriages. But he’d rather prevent these social disasters. Last night, he and thousands of others gathered …


Familiarity Breeds Contempt For Haters

Tony Stewart has been a big part of the Kootenai County human rights movement since its beginning. When white supremacists bombed Bill Wassmuth’s home, the North Idaho College instructor was …


Try High Fives For Your Spirits

Hugh is happy. He’s at a Cheney Kiwanis meeting, and he’s holding up a dollar. It’s a Kiwanis tradition for members to tell the group some news that has given …


Mixed Emotions For Mixed Blessing

Who can blame Idaho Gov. Phil Batt and his Gaming Study Committee for being ambivalent about gambling? We are, too. On one hand, gambling has become an economic savior on …


Building Community Just Made To Enjoy

Play is children’s work. Play teaches them how to order the world in a way that makes sense - a necessary skill for maturity. Teens who skateboard might scare adults …


Public’s Safety Takes A Back Seat

To every citizen or motorist who ever muttered, “Where’s a cop when you really need one?” one answer is: Not on the state and county highways on and near the …


Tragedy Makes A Terrible Taskmaster

(From For the Record, November 21, 1997): The last name of Major Thomas Brigham, who was shot to death at Fairchild AFB in 1994, was misspelled in Wednesday’s editorial.


Consider Increase A Wise Investment

Should US West be allowed to increase its telephone rates? This evening (see details in Glenn Blackmon’s column on this page), the state Utilities and Transportation Commission invites public comment …


Professionals Get Welfare-Level Pay

Terry Boyden teaches nearly a full load of classes in Spokane Community College’s English department, yet she’s paid as a part-timer. One day when Boyden described her $11,000 annual salary …


Safety, Schooling - Do What’s Right

The hit-and-run death of a Post Falls teenager Monday evening has prompted a lot of finger pointing. Some parents and at least one school trustee blame the tragic death of …