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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?


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.


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: 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.


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 6:38 a.m.

Shawn Vestal: School layoffs and renewed push for higher local taxes show school funding far from fixed

After our local school district has revealed it will lay off hundreds of employees if it is not rescued – now, somehow, we are again considering the very money-generating mechanism …


Shawn Vestal: Union reps’ push for private negotiations reason enough to raise questions against such secrecy

An officer of the Spokane firefighters union – representing the men and women whose paychecks constitute a large portion of the city’s budget – says, unsurprisingly, that transparency in labor …


Shawn Vestal: McMorris Rodgers plays both sides too much, even for the president

When Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers arrived at Trump Tower in December 2016 for an interview with the president, the envelope full of media clippings ‘detailing various times McMorris Rodgers had …



Shawn Vestal: Idaho lawmakers inexplicably keep demanding Medicaid work requirements

Even though Idaho citizens voted by initiative to expand Medicaid after years of legislative resistance, legislative resistance has not gone away.



Shawn Vestal: Hoax chiseled into Whitworth history

A pair a students at Whitworth College etched an elaborate hoax in stone that captivated historians and the press for months during spring 1942.


Shawn Vestal: A parent makes the choice, but it’s not their consequence alone

As the Washington Legislature considers tightening up vaccine requirements for kids entering public schools, anti-vaxxer opponents have taken up the argument that it’s a simple question of parental choice.


Shawn Vestal: Gonzaga’s College Republicans left empty-handed by conservative Ben Shapiro

The College Republicans at Gonzaga University deserved better from Ben Shapiro. Or at least from his bookers.


UPDATED: Mon., March 11, 2019, 1:35 p.m.

Shawn Vestal: 61 percent growth in WSU students over past 30 years is nothing compared to 861 percent growth in administrators

A lot has changed at Washington State University in the past 30 years, but nothing quite like the number of administrators.


Shawn Vestal: The state slow-walked horrific abuse reports and three children will pay for a lifetime

The system is failing three children at the center of an abuse case that one nurse called “child torture.”


Shawn Vestal: If kids in Idaho want attention from the Legislature, they should point a gun at a federal official

If children in Idaho are looking for love from the Legislature – or simple protection from zealot parents – they’re not going about it the right way.