Who Decides the News?

Who Decides the News?

Does it have to lead just because it bleeds?
Did you see that latest video of an officer and unarmed civilian that ended tragically? If you missed it at 5 pm, catch it at 6, 10, 11, and on every website at any time.

Kickstarting Charity

Publisher's Note
We've been involved with local charities and nonprofits for years; publishing our Give Guide every year has given us an up-close look at this sector that is so crucial to our quality of life. So I can attest that the Inland Northwest has a big heart; people give here — a lot.

Balance the Books

A rigorous, useful education can feature both the arts and the sciences, as one Utah school proves
I'm old enough to remember Sputnik. Very scary.

Guilty Climate Pleasure

How the Inland Northwest could take the lead in addressing global warming
Spring has sprung early this year, along with a giddy yet uneasy feeling among the supermajority of Spokane County residents who understand that climate change is occurring around us. While I was surprised to be hounded by a swarm of hungry mosquitoes in my garden in early March, we know better than to base our beliefs about the climate on the increasingly unusual weather we are experiencing.

The Great Urban Divide

Publisher's Note
"America's cities are becoming laboratories for progressive policies." So states the recent Spokane County Republican Party video, "The Tyranny of Good Intentions," and as you might have guessed, that's not viewed as a good thing.

Grading the Session

The Idaho Legislature made some wise decisions in Boise, but they still get a "C" for "crazy"
Tired and testy, Idaho legislators worked into the morning hours of Friday, April 10, to finish up the 2015 legislative session sine die. The phrase sine die is Latin for "we're finally getting out of this place as fast as we can and heading home!"

Listening to the Land

Publisher's Note
We're getting a real Earth Day treat with Jared Diamond giving two lectures on April 23, the day after the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day. For me, his 2005 book Collapse is the best I've read about ecology and the future of our life on this planet.

Sharia Law and Deadbeat Dads

When D.C. finally does something right, nine Idaho Representatives stop it
On Sept. 18, 2014, Congress passed a law. In these days of an ever-increasingly dysfunctional D.C., that's news in itself — but even more significant, it was a good, bipartisan law.

The Rogers Revival

How saving Rogers High School — with some changes — has brought pride and progress to the Hillyard neighborhood
We know that the built environment matters — that it affects city life in so many ways, both bad and good. You want anomie and crime?

Progress Report

Breathing new life into the Spokane NAACP
In the wake of fierce opposition to our work this year, there has been an encouraging groundswell of support for the NAACP. Combating the extremism of local hate groups, the Spokane community and leaders across the nation banded together to visualize unity in the face of adversity.

Wake Up the Neighborhood

Publisher's Note
It was quite a moment for Spokane last Wednesday, when Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new law that allows Washington State University to launch its own medical school. The next day, at the WSU Spokane campus, Inslee was joined by WSU President Elson Floyd and WSU Spokane Chancellor Lisa Brown to celebrate how a series of unlikely events may add up to a med school here.

Restore the Honesty

Re-establishing trust with the public will require courage on the part of our elected officials
Americans are disgusted with dishonesty in politics. Whether focused on the overstatements of President Obama in urging passage of the Affordable Care Act, former Illinois Republican Rep. Aaron Schock's decision to decorate his congressional office in Downton Abbey style to the tune of $40,000 in taxpayer money, or the recent Hillary Clinton email fiasco, the propensity for high-ranking public figures to fabricate, deceive or downright lie is too frequent.

The Ties That Bind

Why public transit needs your support at the ballot box
Three months ago, I played a fun game with Spokane County Commissioner Al French. Invited to participate in a transit summit with local elected officials, nonprofit and business leaders and other riders, our goal was to design a network for a fictional town named Prairieville.

Rehumanize Yourself

Publisher's Note
Is Iran our enemy? That's currently a question without a clear answer, highlighting just how difficult it is to negotiate an agreement over nuclear weapons with them.

A Low Carb(on) Diet

Like every state, Washington needs to reduce carbon emissions — but leaders in Olympia won't help us cut back
Diets are hard, but sometimes necessary. Olympia is currently debating whether to put the state of Washington on the environmental equivalent of the Atkins diet — instead of low-carb, it's low-carbon.

A Simple Plan

Impeaching judges and other modest proposals to shrink government
Despite bipartisan opposition, last week the Idaho House of Representatives passed a memorial to Congress calling for the impeachment of federal judges. North Idaho Representative Paul Shepherd, who said during the debate that he wished he could have impeached Chief Justice Earl Warren, sponsored the measure.

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