Growing Pains

Growing Pains

When the only constant is change itself, we'd best saddle up and make the most of it
At the turn of the previous century, non-native businessmen and people living on the land promoted the Inland Northwest as a unique region to attract the capital and sweat equity of their fellow Americans. With Spokane at its core, people anticipated rapid growth and national prominence.

Access for Sale?

Trail Mix: Clinton's shaky Foundation, Trump's questionable staffers
SHAKY FOUNDATION A new trove of emails from HILLARY CLINTON's State Department aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, requested by the conservative organization Judicial Watch, reveals just how often donors to the Clinton Foundation sought access to the State Department while she was Secretary of State.

Why I'm With Her

Ignore the chants: Hillary Clinton has earned America's trust from her life of public service
The "LOCK-HER-UP! LOCK-HER-UP!

Good News, Bad News

Labor is winning concessions... just as robots are arriving in the workforce
The fight for workers' rights is enjoying a renaissance of sorts at the moment. Specifically, the fight to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour is gaining steam.

Mad as Hell

The economy's ups and downs have created profound dislocations, but yelling won't fix anything
"Do you remember that wonderful scene in Paddy Chayefsky's movie Network in which Peter Finch, as the news commentator, goes crazy. He urges everyone to go to the window and stick their head out and say, 'I'm mad as hell, and I won't take it anymore!'" So recalled then-Congressman Al Swift in a speech he delivered back in 1982.

Bryant: 'No' to Trump

Trail Mix: A local non-endorsement and Trump's Putin problem
DEMS UP IN NEW STATE POLL BILL BRYANT, the GOP candidate aiming to knock off Washington Gov. JAY INSLEE (D), has finally taken a stance in the presidential election.

Tea Leaves

Trail Mix: Bold election predictions, and Washington's quiet primary
PREPOSTEROUS PREDICTORS The presidential race between HILLARY CLINTON and DONALD TRUMP continues to baffle the politically savvy and slow alike.

Road to Nowhere

Donald Trump has taken the low road in his campaign, and Republicans of character simply won't follow
There's a familiar saying: "What goes around, comes around." Donald Trump, the Republican Party's nominee for president, is experiencing that truism as numerous Republicans won't endorse him against Hillary Clinton.

Beating the Odds

Our child welfare system needs a revamp to help foster kids succeed in college
As back-to-school commercials dominate our televisions and students gear up for classes to start this fall, I can't help but think of the 10 percent of foster-care youth doing the extraordinary and heading off to college against the odds. Many of us can remember the anxiety and excitement, even fear, we felt when our parents dropped us off at the dorms for the first week in college.

Humans First

It's time to end the ban on gay men donating life-saving blood
In the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in United States history, gay men — some even survivors of those horrific hours at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida — wanted to donate blood but were not allowed to help, blocked by a ban from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The salt in the wound didn't make sense — that it was legal to buy the Sig Sauer MCX assault rifle that was used to commit the massacre, but illegal for a gay man to donate blood to victims of that massacre.

True Colors

Trail Mix: Trump's GOP defectors, Washington's gun initiative
BREAKING RANKS HILLARY CLINTON, who made history last month by becoming the first woman to head a major party ticket, saw another first this week — at least for her campaign.

Staying Engaged

From the Mayfair Cafe to Central Park
"Time to write another column," the blank screen tells me. Of course it wants me to write about Donald Trump — the human black hole who is sucking the oxygen out of America. Sorry, but this one's Trump-free.

A Broken World

One woman's chaos exposes the hell of addiction and homelessness on the streets of Spokane
I heard it from the sidewalk: "Do you have any water?" I stopped to provide what little I had and then saw her.

If We Voted Today...

Trail Mix: Polls, emails and Trump's Putin man-crush
Blaming Russia If you're a DONALD TRUMP supporter, the WikiLeaks release of tens of thousands of emails, and the subsequent resignation of Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz just before the Democratic National Convention, was perfectly timed.

For Love of the Land

Coeur d'Alene's natural setting is a rarity on this earth, so naturally we should celebrate the people who protect it
On Friday, July 1, a wondrous crowd filled the McEuen Park Pavilion in downtown Coeur d'Alene for a "Community Tribute" to two stubborn trailblazers — the late State Senator Art Manley and my recently deceased lawyer husband, Scott Reed. Both men played a critical role in securing public status for the city's treasured asset, Tubbs Hill — a precious plot laced with a network of trails for hikers and rocks for swimmers.

Fat Cats

What Larry the Cat and our Congress have in common
It's been a busy, dramatic month in British politics. In a shocking upset, Britain voted to leave the European Union.

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