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You Won’t Want To Miss This One

FROM OPINION PAGE B8 (Friday, November 14, 1997): Correction Thursday’s editorial incorrectly listed the first name of Ryan Leaf, quarterback for the Washington State University football team.


New Admonition: First, Do No Scams

Who’s more likely to hurt you: A blue collar robber with a grimy sweatshirt and a loaded .357 or a white collar thief with a medical degree? Nationwide, the rate …


Act Provocatively And You Provoke Dumb Decisions Sometimes, Women Lead Men Into Temptation.

Should women ever share responsibility for rape? Rape is a brutal crime - a total violation of another person. Anyone who commits a rape should feel the full weight of …


Frustrations Cannot Make A Wrong Right Hypocritical Victory A Woman Who Made Bad Decisions Suffered The Consequences.

Should women ever share responsibility for rape? Ain’t life a bitch? You’re trying to get to work on a snowy day and somebody in a four-wheel-drive goes barreling by, covering …


Future Is Yours For The Shaping

Who says political science is boring? It may not seem much like science, but this fall’s campaigns at least have been entertaining. Here in Spokane, an out-of-town mall developer used …


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Hjr 4209 Offers Flexibility

In 1970, Washington voters decided this state’s longstanding restriction against lending public money for private purposes was too limiting. They amended the Constitution just enough to let local governments loan …


Standouts In Good Candidates Crowd

The Post Falls municipal elections offer such good candidates, we wish River City had three City Council spots to fill instead of two. The quality field, however, means the city …


Library Upgrade A Must

The Post Falls School District and city of Post Falls have done their part in supporting a badly needed library expansion. The school district donated land and the city pledged …


Lake City Voters, Keep Incumbents

Coeur d’Alene is better off today than it was four years ago. The city has reconstructed three major streets, tripled the money it spends on road repair, dramatically expanded the …


Tell Commissioners This One Is A Keeper

If you live in a home valued at $150,000, you’ve paid $9 a year since 1994. This $9, less expensive than a fancy bottle of wine, less expensive than a …


Barlow’s Attuned To Needs And Goals

Twenty years ago, the crisis in Washington state’s public schools was how to pay for them. Today’s crisis is even more urgent than that. It’s how to set higher learning …


Balanced Loyalties Work Best For All

The Coeur d’Alene mayor’s race is for people who perennially complain that they’re forced during elections to choose between the lesser of two evils. Both Mayor Al Hassell and challenger …


Here’s A Tax That’s Fair And Necessary

If only there were some magic way to repair Spokane County’s blighted roads, widen the streets jam-packed with cars and build some new roads to relieve traffic. If only there …


Potential For Harm Outweighs Benefit

Supporters of Initiative 685 want you to think it’s about letting dying grandmothers smoke marijuana to relieve the miseries of chemotherapy. In fact, the initiative’s part of a nationwide push …


May Be Time For ‘See You In Court’

Earlier this month, Kootenai County Commissioner Ron Rankin raised eyebrows by accusing Crown Pacific of being a property tax slacker. In fact, he called the lumber company’s appeals of four …


Keep It Livable

For 25 years, residents of Five Mile Prairie fought to preserve the rural beauty of their windswept, big-skied plateau, which floats above the northern Spokane suburbs like a memory of …


Sober Up, WSU

“National Lampoon’s Animal House” works well - on the big screen, where generations of high school and college students propelled it to being the top comedy ever. But it doesn’t …


Can-Do Resume Bests Naysaying

John Talbott, candidate for mayor of Spokane, is working hard these days to reinvent himself. Candidate Talbott, with every new mailing, public appearance and carefully coached comment says: I’m new, …


Team Players Have Edge In Experience

What makes a good City Council member? The ability to bomb fellow council members with verbal hand grenades? No. Effectiveness on Spokane’s seven-member council requires the ability to persuade at …


A Poor Remedy

Dealing with a managed health care company, even on such mundane details as prescription refills and physician referrals, can be like struggling through a swarm of Spokane gnats on a …


I-678 Worth Biting For

A dental hygienist is always a woman who cleans your teeth, zaps your X-rays and scolds you about flossing. Should she be allowed to practice without a dentist’s supervision in …


When Dust Settles, It Will Be Too Late

Last January, Coeur d’Alene residents went through a familiar drill. They massed at North Idaho College to oppose Duane Hagadone’s plan to transform popular McEuen Field into a botanical garden. …


Value Fair Play, Not Foul; Pass 677

Homosexuality is controversial. Fairness isn’t. And Initiative 677 is about fairness more than it’s about homosexuality.


Federal Law May Hobble Initiative

Last spring’s presidential summit on volunteerism turned a welcome spotlight on the marvelous work done by community volunteers in the strengthening and restoration of neighborhoods all over this country. The …


Let Us Breathe, Fda

Asthma inhalers save lives, allowing millions to breathe polluted air without choking. Environmental alarmists find this confusing, because inhalers also contain chlorofluorocarbons. CFCs might contribute to a suspected thinning of …


‘Goat Trail’ May Yet Be Made Safe

After a pre-Thanksgiving landslide closed U.S. Highway 95 last year, Lewiston Tribune columnist Bill Hall lamented that road crews had reopened it. For the first time since Boise had stolen …


Junk This Bad Idea With A Decisive ‘No’

Constitutional rights belong in the Constitution precisely because most, in practice, aren’t popular. It can be downright annoying when people we disagree with exercise their right to freedom of speech, …


Pass Referendum 47

Can Washington state afford to rein-in property taxes, as voters are invited to do on the Nov. 4 ballot? Darn tootin’. A strong economy is flooding the state treasury with …


Step-By-Step Plan Can Reduce Carnage ‘Terrible Drivers’ Graduated Licensing Is A Solid Idea That Idaho And Washington Should Adopt.

This week, a group of teens in Harrison, Idaho, mourned the loss of their friends after yet another fatal Inland Northwest car accident. Fifteen-year-old Miles Jones piled three friends into …