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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.