Seeing through money differences can build relationships focused on fairness
Regardless of where we're at on the wealth spectrum, at some point we've all experienced aversion to the circumstances of people from other socioeconomic classes. Whether it's distaste for someone's front-yard "junk" collection, or the realization that some purchase in America could have paid for a small hospital in a developing country, income and wealth differences are increasingly sore subjects.
Trail Mix: Trump's birther problems and Johnson's polls
BIRTHER OF THE NATION No figure has been as prominent in questioning President Barack Obama's nationality as DONALD J. TRUMP.
One candidate's an open book; the other is shrouded in secrecy. Guess which one isn't transparent enough
So Donald Trump has finally decreed that Barack Obama actually was born in the United States, not Kenya, and he isn't a Muslim. Boy, am I relieved.
We cry for blood in our political fights. But this isn't reality TV — this is a real fight for the presidency
In the movie Gladiator, hero Maximus (Russell Crowe) enters an arena, makes short work of a half dozen or so better armed adversaries and then calls out to a silenced and shocked crowd, "Are you not entertained?"
Maximus means, I suspect, for them to realize just how bizarre and inhumane this blood sport is, but instead, a moment later, the crowd is going wild, chanting his name.
Trail Mix: A Texas toss-up and foundation foibles
A TEXAS-SIZE UPSET? In case you need any more proof of how strange and unpredictable this election cycle is, there are now reports that presidential candidates HILLARY CLINTON and DONALD TRUMP are running neck and neck in one of the country's largest and most reliably Republican states.
Debate moderators need to be much more than an onstage prop to make our democracy work
With the exception of PBS, the media — both broadcast and print — is profit-motivated, thus tied to ratings and circulation. For this reason, the media views the "news" as a commodity.
Historic all-tribes protest at Standing Rock is meant to stop the destruction of the earth for all
There is a Lakota prophecy that says there will be a great black snake that will run through the land and bring destruction to the people and to the earth. And as I write this, there are thousands of Native people from all across the United States gathering peacefully to protect the earth and water from the Dakota Access Pipeline, also known as the black snake.
Trail Mix: Trump's shady donations and WA guv candidates show taxes
SCAM, PAM, THANK YOU MA'AM
Repeatedly, DONALD TRUMP has said that he knows other politicians were corrupt because he'd used his money to bend them to his whims. He argued that only he — a billionaire — was immune from the influence of, well, men like him.
Burned out by politics? Winston and his kind can help
Here's a surefire way to direct your attention away from the miserable national political scene — get a puppy!
So disappointed have we become over this year's presidential choices, that my wife and I have devised a way to forget as much as possible the national political condition and fuss over or laugh at something definitely nonpolitical.
The public deserves real answers from Mayor Condon, not deflection
P oliticians love publicity. The legendary showman P.T. Barnum once quipped that there's no such thing as bad publicity, but in government the opposite is true.
Trail Mix: Trump's tour through WA, and Wikileaks' role in Election 2016
The Adulation of the Masses When you're a typical candidate for political office, polling significantly behind your opponent, you know that one of your most valuable resources is time.
Cleaning up Trump's hot mess is going to take some heroic leadership
L et's put this election in terms a New Yorker can understand — as a Broadway show. Trump: The Campaign started out in previews, off-off Broadway.
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.
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.
Ignore the chants: Hillary Clinton has earned America's trust from her life of public service
The "LOCK-HER-UP! LOCK-HER-UP!
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.