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Sue Lani Madsen: 51st state movement rooted in history and differences, not fantasy

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 …


Sue Lani Madsen: Initiative didn’t strengthen gun safety, it added stigma, layers of bureaucracy

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, 11:33 a.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: Reward offer shows ranchers’ frustration with wolf issue

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 …


Sue Lani Madsen: College isn’t for everyone seeking meaningful work, living wage

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.


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 …


Sue Lani Madsen: When discrimination is a good thing

With record low unemployment, there’s a place for any qualified worker. The key word is qualified. The challenge is effective – and legal – screening.


Sue Lani Madsen: Candidate questionnaires bear sour grapes

Candidates are deluged with a multitude of questionnaires, even if they aren’t seeking an endorsement.


Sue Lani Madsen: Teen Challenge is a model for how to offer a hand up

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, 10:07 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: If illegal immigration is in crisis, legal immigration is chronically ill

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.


Sue Lani Madsen: Citizenship question part of other Census survey, why not official Census?

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 …


Sue Lani Madsen: Public libraries can lead way in viewpoint diversity

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.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 9:47 p.m.

Sue Lani Madsen: Library’s “Drag Queen Story Hour” not whole story on gender fluidity

Libraries promote reading, but Spokane Public Library’s story-hour theme based on drag queens takes a particular stand on gender fluidity.


Sue Lani Madsen: Conspiracy thinking, nostalgia don’t solve gentrification

An author who speaks out against gentification fails to make a rational case for denying access to transit, parks and odorless summer nights just to keep the rent low.


Sue Lani Madsen: How are the children?

“How are the children,” Victor Rivas Rivers asked, quoting a traditional Masai greeting. It’s a measure of the health of the community. When children grow up experiencing abuse first or …


Sue Lani Madsen: The glimmers of hope for mental health

“Our commitment is to continually making things better. You can’t wake up every morning frustrated,” advised Jeff Thomas, CEO of Frontier Behavioral Health. Actually, you can, but it’s not healthy. …


Sue Lani Madsen: Thank you, mental health care ‘system’

He is now officially homeless. Thank you, mental health care “system,” you have done it again.


Sue Lani Madsen: Princeton professor explains why Trump is a ‘useful vehicle to think about Constitutional crises’

When Keith Whittington studied the impeachment process in graduate school, he figured no one would ever be interested in such a dusty old topic. Then President Bill Clinton was impeached.


Sue Lani Madsen: Pre-planning by fire departments makes the difference between a chance to rebuild and total loss

Everything went according to plan at the Cathedral of Notre Dame last week. Except for the part where a fire broke out.


Sue Lani Madsen: Washington’s child care crisis is going to worsen as state chooses uniformity over diversity

The child care crisis is about to get worse in Washington after new rules go into effect on August 1.


Sue Lani Madsen: Sometimes doing business the American way means dancing in a mindless bureaucratic ballet

Let’s say you want to start a new business after retirement, and you do it the American way. You get a business license and liability insurance, check state and local …


Sue Lani Madsen: Opposition to I-1639 gets personal

On Monday, a meeting set up by a statewide grassroots group called “Washington Strikes Back 1639” drew more than 100 citizens to the Davenport Memorial Hall in Lincoln County, as …


Sue Lani Madsen: Showing true compassion for the homeless must include a candid assessment

A blue sedan turned into the side street as our patrol car pulled up to the stop sign, the driver frantically waving for attention. It had so far been an …


Sue Lani Madsen: Rangeland fire protection associations should be created in Washington

What do you get when a state bureaucrat, two ranchers and a pair of environmentalists walk into an Olympia hearing room? Sometimes, a consensus for policy change. Unfortunately, the Governor’s …


Sue Lani Madsen: Risk, benefit and vaccine mandates

When the Spanish flu went viral in 1918, it didn’t mean trending on Twitter. Before vaccines, antibiotics, better sanitation and clean water, the leading cause of death was infectious disease. …


Sue Lani Madsen: ‘Training young women to be leaders’

Blowing and drifting snow made it impossible to get home from Spokane last Saturday. It was a tough day, and not because of the weather. Five judges interviewed 19 high …



Sue Lani Madsen: Mailer tests transparency law

Less than a month old and the Spokane fair elections ordinance has already drawn fire. The target is its chief proponent, City Council President Ben Stuckart.


Sue Lani Madsen: Consider a dose of skepticism when tweets go viral

Going viral can be deadly. In “The Great Influenza,” a history of the 1918 pandemic, author John M. Barry describes a century of research to isolate the origin of the …


Sue Lani Madsen: Housing Policy Forums, the end of the beginning

Spokane Councilman Breean Beggs described it as “the end of the beginning.” In opening remarks at the last in a series of four housing policy forums, Beggs pointed to the …


Sue Lani Madsen: Beyond abortion

In the case of post-abortion stress syndrome (PASS), politics has superseded medicine.