Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch...

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch...

A place where we can all be together, in celebration or mourning
I'm writing my column this week as I fly from Seattle to Boise. Once I land, after some conversations with old friends and maybe a few old foes as well, I'm headed to the family ranch in central Idaho, nestled just over a hill from Hells Canyon.

Nominate Your Favorite Local Philanthropist

Do something: How to get involved in your community this week
The Inlander is currently seeking nominations for the 2017 Peirone Prize, our annual recognition of young community members working hard to make the Inland Northwest a better place to live, work, and explore. Winners are recognized in our philanthropy issue, on stands Aug. 24.

On Adulthood, Or Not

One Nebraska senator believes he has the answer to America's 'coming-of-age crisis'
OK, let's try to blur, just for a few moments, our President and his midnight tweeting; let's even try to set aside his obsequious display earlier this month at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, where he diminished his own office and country by applauding an autocratic leader who no doubt influenced the 2016 American presidential election. So while we can't ignore Donald Trump, even when we try, let's see if we can at least divert our attention; not easy, but... surely we can find other absurdities to examine.

Readers worry about dams' effect on salmon, react to Spokane sex-ed

Letters to the editor
SO MANY DAMMED QUESTIONS I must be missing something.

On the Street

How do you get around?
EMILY LAZUHRCATT In the summer I try to ride my bike.

Boomerangers

Why some Spokane-raised millennials are coming home
To achieve economic vitality and sustained growth, Spokane needs to ensure career opportunities for our youth; either right out of high school, upon graduation from college or after a few years of working elsewhere. To gain a better understanding underlying the rationale behind why millennials are "boomeranging" to Spokane, I recently met with four 25-plus-year-olds.

Let's Get Real

Don't play politics with Spokane's children
The fear-mongers are at it again — and this time, they're exploiting our children.

Singing for Their Supper

Do something: How to get involved in your community this week
Enjoy an evening of music featuring Abbey Crawford and friends, directed by Troy Nickerson. All proceeds benefit the Campus Kitchen at Gonzaga, which provides meals and outreach to low-income seniors, afterschool programs, and homeless shelters in the Spokane community.

Readers respond to "bathroom bill" failure, and call for focus

Letters to the editor
DON'T BE DISTRACTED Filmmaker Oliver Stone has just finished a series of interviews he conducted with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On the Street

Where do you go to eat to get the most bang for your buck?
NICK BARR For me personally, it would be Dick's.

The Real Danger

It's not trans people you should fear, but backers of an exploitative initiative that would roll back protections
In a few days, we'll know if discrimination will be on the ballot this November in Washington. This week, signatures will be submitted for Initiative 1552, the first-ever statewide ballot measure in the country that would repeal decade-old nondiscrimination protections for transgender people.

The People's Orders

Do something: How to get involved in your community this week
The Peace and Justice Action League of Spokane presents a political theater in which they'll stage a signing ceremony of universal ideas that unite us as Americans. Join in the presentation and signing of the People's Orders on the plaza at the Foley Federal Courthouse.

Readers talk home health care, the meaninglessness felt upon turning 30

Letters to the editor
URGENT CARE Caregiving can be an emotionally, physically and financially draining role. Across Washington state, there are more than 335,000 people providing unpaid care for people with Alzheimer's or other dementias.

Freedom Still Rings

We can educate ourselves into being better citizens
As Americans celebrate the anniversary of our independence this week, many are asking how America can revive the spirit of 1776 and reestablish patriotic principles instead of the American polarization we all see. Here are a few suggestions: Recently, noted columnist, author and television personality Charles Krauthammer opined that a lack of civics education partly explains the national pessimism many Americans feel.

On the Street

What is the worst concert you've ever been to?
JUSTIN ABEL Slipknot.

Hearts and Minds

How we need to move forward, together
Spokane NAACP president. Volunteer firefighter.

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