Save Our Democracy

Save Our Democracy

Fingerprinting? There's a better way to protect Idaho's elections
For close to 50 years, Idaho has elected Republicans to the office of Secretary of State.

Failing at the Three E's

Before giving Butch Otter a third term, consider his track record on education, the economy and the environment
There are three solid reasons Idaho voters should reject Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter's bid for a third term. They constitute major failures on his part to fulfill the basic "Three E" requirements for anyone in the office: education, the economy and the environment.

Time To Move On

Publisher's Note
Careful readers may notice something different this year. It's election season, yet there are no official Inlander endorsements here in the Comment section.

Roadmap to Progress

In 1995, Congress repaired its reputation and fixed America's problems
Former Congressman J. C. Watts visited Spokane on Sept. 23 for the Washington Policy Center annual dinner. When we both served in the U.S. House of Representatives, a different atmosphere and attitude prevailed among House members that seems largely absent today.

The People's Court

Publisher's Note
It might seem like this is a relatively sleepy election, but there's one race we all need to study: Spokane County Prosecutor. Most people here don't even know what an elected prosecuting attorney should do, because we haven't really seen one for 16 years.

Spokane's Cultural Spring

'Tis the season to nurture the seedlings of social change that are sprouting up around us
I haven't been quiet about the challenges my family has faced living in the Inland Northwest. In fact, since my arrival I have been trying to undo the circumstances that landed us here and get the heck out of this place.

The East-West Divide

Understanding the dynamics behind the debate over a new medical school for Spokane
Herold's First Heretical Law: The quality of any research university, medical or otherwise, will always vary inversely to the attention that university and its faculty direct towards local job-training needs. Spokane leaders have for decades urged a "research university for Spokane."

Connect to Creativity

Publisher's Note
When we first launched the Inlander 21 years ago this month, we thought Spokane needed a place to find out about all the region's events so, you know, people could go out and have fun. In fact, one of the first special sections we launched was our Fall Arts Preview.

Sit-Lying to Ourselves

We aren't going to citation our way to a vibrant downtown
The sidewalk in front of the Nordstrom in downtown Seattle is paved with what looks and feels like granite.

Rethinking Jails

Kootenai County needs more innovation to deal with lawbreakers, not a bigger jail
Kootenai County has a jail problem. Everyone agrees there are currently too many inmates and too few beds for the 27-year-old building to continue to meet the county's need for correctional space.

Med School Shuffle

Publisher's Note
America will be coming up 90,000 doctors short within the decade.

A Better Way

The best way to overcome trauma? Stop perpetuating it
"There is a better way to be human than what we're doing."

What Obama Didn't Say

Vietnam's shadow looms large as America seems poised to get drawn back into Iraq
Recently, NPR's Terry Gross interviewed Tim Arango on her show Fresh Air. Arango, chief of the New York Times' bureau in Baghdad, is of the opinion that the unraveling of Iraq is entirely the result of George W. Bush's reckless invasion and occupation.

Decoding Fall TV

Publisher's Note
Are we not the most elaborately entertained generation ever? For proof, I give you the annual cornucopia of culture we call Fall TV.

Voting's Not Enough

Marking your ballot once or twice a year is great, but our communities need more out of you than that
There's about six weeks left until this year's general election. It's time for me to fulfill my patriotic duty as a columnist by reminding you to fulfill yours by voting.

Real Solutions

Guest Editorial
In light of a recent opinion piece regarding my priorities as Eastern Washington's representative in Congress ("According to Newt," 9/4/14), which discusses political polarization and goes so far as to describe me as a "loyal spear-carrier," I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the work I'm doing to bring solutions to advance Eastern Washington. If there's one thing I've learned as a legislator, it is that we cannot achieve great things alone.

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