Love Thy Neighbors

Love Thy Neighbors

Opening our hearts to those who have been terrorized is our most powerful weapon against suffering
Upon hearing about the Paris attacks, my heart raced through a painful series of blows. First I seized on the horror of the destruction of innocent life.

Cowboy Butch

Why is Governor Butch Otter so persistent in supporting Idaho's tiny horse-racing industry?
Idaho's governor, Butch Otter, was firmly put down by the Idaho Supreme Court in a case brought by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. In a decision released in September, the justices unanimously agreed with the tribe that the governor just didn't hand his veto work in on time.

The Year of the Tree

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It always has to be a Tuesday. That's the day we go to press — all the threads of the Inlander need to be pulled into a complete newspaper in time for the printer and you, the readers.

Kids Over Tax Breaks

Imagine a whole new economic development paradigm
The Spokane City Council is debating whether Greater Spokane Inc. and its functions should be split in two: One half forming an organization to act as a chamber of commerce for existing businesses and the other to attract new businesses. In part, this is due to them being tired of giving more than $100,000 a year to an organization that often lobbies against their proposals.

Intervention Blues

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As a planet, we're connected like never before. With nearly 3 billion smartphones in use worldwide, even little moments can shoot across humanity almost instantly.

The Panderlympics

Republican presidential candidates are painting themselves into corners they won't be able to escape next fall
The Republican "debates" can more accurately be called The GOP Show, as they feel more like a reality TV series than an American presidential election. So far, this passel of candidates has presented little more than a cacophony of pandering to the base.

It's About Decency

"Political correctness" have become dirty words in modern society, but we should always strive to honor and respect others
Let's talk about political correctness. It's defined by Merriam-Webster as "agreeing with the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people."

Down But Not Out

Jeb Bush is the strongest candidate to take on Hillary Clinton, but he needs to better navigate the debates to get that chance
It's easy to play Monday morning quarterback, substituting our sideline judgment for that of pros on the field. Many analysts have second-guessed Jeb Bush's performance at the Oct. 28 CNBC debate, some even counting him out of the 2016 presidential sweepstakes.

Scaring Up Votes

Publisher's Note
Sandra Bullock has a new movie, Our Brand Is Crisis — a title that seems to describe America today. It's about political operatives who help candidates scare people into voting for them.

End the Vicious Cycle

We need to curtail the influence of predatory payday lenders, and address the conditions that helped create them
We've all been there. Car payment, student loans, mortgages — or when the unexpected happens, as more than a quarter of Americans have no emergency savings whatsoever.

Igniting Growth

The fight over ignite cda reveals a lack of understanding about how the Lake City is attracting important new investments
Ghosts, goblins and elections work together to create havoc this time of year. While the leaves are turning, politicians are churning up controversies.

Life of the Party

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"Narrow-minded." "Out of touch."

Tragedy of John Wayne

Why the John Wayne Pioneer Trail is worth saving
John Wayne isn't just a movie star.

Bill of Wrongs

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Every once in a while an elegant solution presents itself — one that cuts through the noise and seems to make perfect sense. Here's one: the Financial Transaction Tax, most recently proposed by Bernie Sanders.

The Search Continues

Even David Condon has struggled as strong mayor, as Spokane keeps looking for Mr. or Mrs. Goodmayor
There are strong Strong Mayors but also weak Strong Mayors. A strong Strong Mayor complements the formal authority of the office with effective political leadership.

Smarter Investments

Funding our schools requires the courage to confront corporate tax giveaways
Public education is the sacred cow of Washington state politics. Most people agree that investing in the success of the next generation is an imperative duty of our state, yet for years our legislature has failed to do just that.


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