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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: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019, 7:46 a.m.

‘There are so many great writers in town’: Summer Stories contributors join readers at Northwest Passages event

Spokane authors got the chance to meet local readers and Spokane readers got a chance to hear from a slate of local writers Wednesday night, during a Northwest Passages Book …


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 …


Shawn Vestal: Clean summer air is but a dream

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


Shawn Vestal: For the Marlows, ALS has ushered in the hardest time, and the most rewarding

When she hears her father’s voice, Remi Marlow’s bright blue eyes find him across the room and lock on, tracking him with a broad smile. And when Dan Marlow spots …


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 …


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Wed., July 31, 2019, 9:49 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: ‘Who, me?’ racist taints Coeur d’Alene’s Fourth of July celebration

Jim Valentine’s defense of the racist imagery he paraded through Coeur d’Alene’s Fourth of July celebration embodies the representative species of our racist moment – the “Who, me?” racist; the …


Shawn Vestal: Nadine Woodward views Spokane’s homelessness issues from an ‘aloof, fearful distance’

Nadine Woodward has distinguished herself as someone who seems to gaze upon the city from a castle window, viewing problems from an aloof, fearful distance. This is unfortunate if you …


Shawn Vestal: Longtime activist looks back on half-century of progress since Stonewall riots

Christopher Lawrence has seen massive social changes in the 50 years since the riots at the Stonewall Inn, and he’s helped a lot of those changes come about in Spokane …


Summer Stories: ‘New Mom’ by Shawn Vestal

The Spokesman-Review’s annual short-fiction series looks back 50 years to the Summer of ’69.


Shawn Vestal: It may not seem like it, but crime in Spokane is down

Would it surprise you to know that crime in Spokane – and crime downtown, in particular – is down significantly so far this year?


Anna M. Bohach: It is time to take off the dress

Women have every right to be offended and outraged when a man dons womanface.


Shawn Vestal: Teachers make lasting, important impressions

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.


Shawn Vestal: Don’t compare a drag queen to a blackfaced minstrel

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 …


Dante Tyler: ‘Nonteaching jobs’ essential to college students’ success

I truly believe that so-called “nonteaching jobs” are incredibly important to ensuring the success of each student.


Shawn Vestal: WSU’s growing athletics debt will top $100 million by 2023

Each year, the athletics department’s accumulated deficit – the amount it “owes” to other departments at the school – grows. Today, for example, the school’s Board of Regents is expected …


UPDATED: Sat., June 1, 2019, 4:23 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Housed people are increasingly in our faces. What to do?

People with housing – they’re everywhere, and their numbers are growing. Try not to overreact.


UPDATED: Fri., May 31, 2019, 4 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: ‘Z Nation’ zombies are up for sale

It might be the most gruesome garage sale in Spokane history. Zombie parts. Zombie goo. Bottles of blood. Heads and hands. Wigs and prosthetics. Racks and racks and racks of …


Shawn Vestal: Spokane hacks Seattle and strikes a nerve

Time was, if Spokane went a-courtin’ in Seattle, trying to woo businesses and rich folk over to the dry side, it wouldn’t have raised a whisper of concern in the …


Shawn Vestal: It’s almost time for our fifth season

Who’s ready for summer? Swimming, grilling, camping, coughing …


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.


Shawn Vestal: New safety standards for oil trains are needed to prevent tragedy

Washington’s new law to establish safer standards on the highly flammable oil trains that pass regularly through Spokane – past hospitals, a high school, a freeway – is likely headed …


Shawn Vestal: Life may have hit some wrong notes along the way, but my mom never stopped playing

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 …


Shawn Vestal: The 800 former federal prosecutors who signed a letter alleging Trump obstructed justice are heroes

The intensely counterfactual speech emerging continually from the White House and its emissaries is a crisis. No country built on self-governance can function when lies and misinformation, to say nothing …


UPDATED: Fri., May 3, 2019, 7:12 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: Kootenai County GOP is free to speak up against dangerous nonsense

The Kootenai County GOP’s hearty applause and embrace of a dangerous alt-right conspiracist over ‘free speech’ leaves one wondering if they would be similarly supportive of the late Richard Butler’s …


Shawn Vestal: From downtown developer to federal convict, the fall of Ron Wells is stunning

A superstitious person might wonder if there’s a curse on the Ridpath Hotel, whose history has been marked by saviors who turn out to be con men.


Shawn Vestal: GOP needs to rid itself of Matt Shea

Guardian report suggesting Rep. Matt Shea supported surveillance of protestors should be enough for the GOP to push Spokane Valley legislator out of its ranks.


Shawn Vestal: Years of citizen effort has brought Expo ’74 butterfly back to Riverfront Park

For the first time in decades, a steel-framed butterfly towers above the north-bank entrance to Riverfront Park.