A Simple Plan

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.

Those Teeth Are Sharp

Publisher's Note
There's that scene in Jaws, out on the ocean, when Roy Scheider's character, local sheriff Martin Brody, is dumping chum and trying to catch a glimpse of the shark that's been terrorizing Amity Island. He keeps dumping the shark bait until the great white surfaces just a few feet from his face — 25 feet and three tons of cold-blooded killer.

Defending the System

The American criminal justice system guarantees a defense for all; dedicated professionals make it happen
John Adams, Kootenai County's chief public defender, comes across as a tough, quick-thinking, fast-talking character out of a TV crime series. As it turns out, Adams is not acting; he's the genuine article.

Give Him a Talk Show

Some of the far left's fairy tales are as unbelievable as the far right's
Last week, the Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane brought Pulitzer Prize winner Christopher Hedges to the Bing. The theater was packed.

Best Of Behind the Scenes

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Thanks to all of you, dear Inlander readers, for again taking the time to help us crown Best Of winners. Inside this issue, you'll read all about the results of our 22nd annual readers poll.

Spokane Shock

Get outside your culture to be able to decide what's in it
No, this is not an ode to our small but mighty football team. I'm talking about culture shock here.

Behind the Scenes

A whirlwind tour of the institutions that make Spokane tick
On April 26, 2014, Hannah Agwunobi, then a poised and enthusiastic St. George's 4th-grader, was fastest on the draw with her Jeopardy-style clicker to emerge victorious as the 4th-grade winner of my George Nethercutt Foundation Citizenship Tournament for Eastern Washington. The competition tested students' civic knowledge and required them to complete up to 15 "citizenship tasks" to be eligible for scholarship money, prizes and educational travel.

Building Up Trust

Publisher's Note
The shootings of unarmed citizens by police just keep coming — Ferguson, Los Angeles, Pasco and now Madison. Sadly, they will keep coming, as the men and women who serve us in law enforcement are dealing with a more dangerous country.

A Woman's Worth

The #BlackLivesMatter campaign has focused on the lives of men, so how do black women fit into this dialogue?
From the moment black women arrived on the shores of North America, our foremothers fought in strong and strategic ways to realize emancipation and equity for themselves and the African American community as a whole. From the days of black feminists like Harriet Tubman, to the civil rights and Black Power movements, to modern black feminists like bell hooks and Janet Mock — we have been reliable and valuable to the struggle for freedom and equality at every turn.

Patriot Games

Rudy Giuliani says President Obama is nothing like him; let's all be thankful for that
Paul Kattenburg, a State Department analyst during the summer of 1963, urged that America withdraw from Vietnam. Both Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara immediately marginalized him.

Raising the Grade

Publisher's Note
"Don't fail, Idaho." That's the tough-love message that's been beamed across the Gem State by the Albertson Foundation.

Wages or Wellness?

Why paid sick leave is good for everyone
In a downtown Spokane restaurant kitchen during Hoopfest weekend 2013, Isaiah Kibwe Day naturally struggled to keep up with the biggest rush of the year. He was dicing an avocado when his knife slipped into his palm below the thumb.

Minding Your Money

Pay close attention: The Idaho Statehouse is delving into the financial details of Medicaid, roads and state taxes
What's brewing in the Idaho legislature — that inscrutable, unpredictable devil's workshop? Are the legislators stirring up a medical health stew by adding millions of federal dollars to the state economy, and incidentally creating jobs and saving Idaho lives?

Something in the Water

Publisher's Note
"It surprises you," observes Myron Medcalf in a recent story posted on ESPN.com. "You fly over ragged shacks, spruce trees and barren fields on your way into Spokane...

The Year of the (Mountain) Goat

It's time to protect the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness
Last Thursday, Feb. 19, was Chinese New Year and so began the Year of the Goat. According to my research (i.e., the first couple of websites that showed up on a quick Google search, particularly chinahighlights.com), people born in this year are said to strongly prefer working in groups and is it particularly important for them to "get out among nature and commune with the great outdoors."

Indentured Studenthood?

It takes a decade for students to get out from under their loans; is that any way to build a stronger middle class?
President Obama calls it "Middle Class Economics" — better late than never, I guess. Insofar as higher education is concerned, MCE means free tuition — for community college students, that is. The typical community college student pays about $4,500 in tuition per year.


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