Stories tagged: sue lani madsen
Sat., Feb. 8, 2020
Trade wars are not new, and farmers who spoke off the record said standing up to China has been a long time coming. They’ll wait it out like an untimely …
Sat., Feb. 1, 2020
Progressives are the special interest controlling the Washington Legislature, and the populist movement is resurging as Restore Washington (www.restorewashington.org). What was started by one frustrated small business owner as a …
Sat., Jan. 25, 2020
Mail-in ballots were supposed to increase voter turnout. They have not. Free postage and more drop boxes were supposed to increase voter turnout. They did not. Making it easier wasn’t …
Sat., Jan. 18, 2020
It’s ironic that a bill whose supporters say it’s necessary to teach affirmative consent doesn’t appear to have widespread support.
Sat., Jan. 11, 2020
Humankind’s ties to soil may seem far-removed in cities, but they still exist. Even in rural areas, most of our food comes in packages. Do we ever consider the source …
Sat., Jan. 4, 2020
Investing in soil health is an investment in future generations continuing to eat, according to David Montgomery, a University of Washington geologist. His first book, “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations,” …
UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 28, 2019
Twenty-six students and their bus driver, plus 39 tourists and their tour guide, “were transported to Quincy Valley Medical Center for evaluation” and “temporarily sheltered in the hospital’s convalescent wing,” …
Sat., Dec. 21, 2019
Inslee’s proposed $273 million in spending on programs to potentially impact climate change this century. His supplemental budget request for protecting children and teachers in seismically unsafe schools is $10 …
Sat., Dec. 14, 2019
Mental illness to homeless to hepatitis A. Just another statistic but now his struggle is over. Today we pick up his ashes. And it shouldn’t have to be this way.
Sat., Dec. 7, 2019
It’s much easier for history to bury the personal impacts of turning-point moments than to bury the radioactive waste of a decade of nuclear testing. The Marshallese atomic refugees in …
Sat., Nov. 23, 2019
Now that the election is over, a Tenants Bill of Rights ordinance is moving forward. Rapidly. What is on the table works against keeping housing affordable or increasing the supply.
Sat., Nov. 16, 2019
Portability of care is critical for students, independent contract workers and migrating retirees. Instead of being trapped in a job, people are trapped in a zip code.
UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 2, 2019
Poor people with family ties and support systems, even addicts who manage to maintain relationships, do not become homeless.
Sat., Oct. 26, 2019
The sheriff is livid. The fire chief feels misunderstood. The deputy director of emergency management is exasperated. What we have here is a failure to communicate, ignored until an election …
Sat., Oct. 19, 2019
What is sometimes a useful tool for jumpstarting change can quickly begin to undermine the very people it presumes to help.
Sat., Oct. 12, 2019
It’s always a judgment call between responders taking a risk and reducing risk for the public.
Sat., Oct. 5, 2019
The city of Spokane, like many municipalities, has a Code Enforcement office to respond to complaints about problem properties. The process is straightforward, the implementation is complex. One person’s peeling …
Sat., Sept. 28, 2019
When so many voices are pulling us apart, the center cannot hold. Language is the last refuge of common culture, and we’ve abused and overused it. When everyone is Hitler, …
Sat., Sept. 21, 2019
OSPI is pushing a curriculum standard focused on avoiding consequences rather than reducing risk, according to LeAnna Benn, director of Teen Aid. “Research for over 25 years has demonstrated the …
Sat., Sept. 14, 2019
Spokane Interstate fairgoers visiting the Liberty state booth would be surprised to hear themselves described as paranoid extremists seeking a fantasyland. Top topics include tax increases, income tax proposals, property …
Sat., Sept. 7, 2019
Initiative 1639 raised the age for buying a rifle to 21 and requires an “enhanced background check.” The results are, by turns, stigmatizing for those with mental health issues, burdensome …
UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 31, 2019
Someone has been shooting cows from the road in Stevens County, according to the Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association. But the cattlemen’s shooting charge is hard to prove, and there’s no …
Sat., Aug. 24, 2019
Most parents want their kids to find meaningful work and a living wage by their early 20s. But gettng those things doesn’t always require a college degree.
Sat., Aug. 17, 2019
Sue Lani Madsen: Representative’s tribal visit is a reminder that we have a system that works, even when it works slowly
Conflict or the potential for conflict attracts more media attention than harmony. That explains why some events on Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ calendar this week received news coverage, and others …
Sat., Aug. 10, 2019
With record low unemployment, there’s a place for any qualified worker. The key word is qualified. The challenge is effective – and legal – screening.
Sat., July 27, 2019
Candidates are deluged with a multitude of questionnaires, even if they aren’t seeking an endorsement.
Sat., July 20, 2019
People in rebellion don’t see value in respecting the system but feel entitled to what they want right now. Therapeutic communities like Teen Challenge transform the heart in addition to …
UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019
Comprehensive immigration reform needs to remove the barriers to the legal route. They are an incentive to play games with the refugee and asylum process.
Sat., July 6, 2019
The American Community Survey is carried out annually. It’s sent to a statistically determined random sampling of households in every county, every year instead of to all households every 10 …
Thu., July 4, 2019
Celebrating diversity is one of the six values adopted by the Spokane Public Library Board. If diversity is your highest value, all people and all viewpoints should be welcome.