Saving the Stars

Saving the Stars

America's first Dark Sky Reserve is taking shape in central Idaho
Earlier this week, the Weather Channel announced that "The Big Dark" is coming. Signs of future, dark rain clouds stretch from China to Washington's coast.

Hate Studies conference, Paw-louse 5k and more

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Top researchers and thought leaders focused on hate and justice participate in the 4th annual international conference, titled "Engaging with Communities for Justice." Sponsored by the Gonzaga University Institute for Hate Studies, Kootenai County Task Force for Human Relations, Spokane County Human Rights Task Force and Gonzaga University Center for Global Engagement.

Bowing to Lincoln

No surprise; pouring salt on the wound of racism won't help it heal
Engaging in cheap political theater, Mike Pence left the stadium in Indianapolis — on the same day that Indiana's hero of heroes, Peyton Manning, was to be honored. Doing his best Trump dance, he registered disapproval of football players who were making a quiet protest against what they perceive to be government-sponsored violations of everything the American flag is supposed to stand for.

Readers respond to gun suppressors, politicized firefighters and more

Letters to the editor
Readers respond to "Not Silent, Still Deadly" (10/12/17), our story about the Spokane Police Department equipping its service rifles with sound suppressors: Steven Bateman: While I don't like the suppressors, I understand the point of them.

On the Street

What's your favorite thing about autumn?
ANDREW MILLER Well, that it's the gateway to winter, seasons changing, that kind of thing.

'Girls Like Me'

A letter from the Inlander's newest commentator
During a recent conversation, a friend recognized I was having difficulty expressing some of my thoughts. He knows me well enough to ask me to consider writing them down for him, and so I did.

Reforest Spokane Day, scaring hunger and more

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During this annual event, now in its sixth year, thousands of trees will be planted by volunteers in the community. The mission of Reforest Spokane Day is to continue to plant trees as a community until future generations in the beautiful Inland Northwest are surrounded by one million trees that symbolize community, stewardship, and dedication.

Put a Cork in It

America needs its leaders to reach across the aisle for solutions, as so many presidents in our history have done
Tennessee GOP Sen. Bob Corker recently announced his retirement, causing President Trump to start a "Twitter war," denouncing Corker as "gutless" for not running again. A frustrated but liberated Corker responded in kind, calling the White House under Trump an "adult day care center" in need of supervision.

Readers respond to Garth-mania, birth control and more

Letters to the editor
Readers respond to our blog post about cities like Spokane and Moscow, Idaho, changing Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day (10/9/17): Candy Galvan: Huh?

On The Street

What can be done to stop the epidemic of mass murders in America?
ADAM DYER I believe that hurt people hurt people, and with going through certain types of violence from a young age, I believe it just breeds more violence.

'Irritable Mental Gestures'

Don't punish WSU Young Republicans for the sins of their fathers
I encountered James Allsup about two weeks into my first semester as a graduate student at Washington State University. On the Glenn Terrell Mall — where a faux "Trump Wall" was erected last October — Allsup was verbally sparring with a knot of students at a so-called Free Speech Rally last month, intended as a response to a much larger demonstration the week before calling on the university to take a stronger stance against racism and right-wing extremism.

Community Health Fair, Unlearning Hate and more

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The WSU School of Pharmacy is on site to administer free vaccines, diabetes screenings, and educate customers about lowering the risk of stroke. Free.

Dear Mr. Bezos

Spokane can compete on the national stage; here's what it would take
We are in receipt of your request for a proposal to secure a site to serve as Amazon's second headquarters; our responses are attached, and what follows is a summary of our offer. We have taken seriously your encouragement of proposals that "think big and are creative."

Readers on WSU culture wars, Nethercutt column

Letters to the editor
NAZIS ARE NAZIS Yes, explore the perspective that some feel these hateful views are jokes ("Class Warfare," 9/28/17).

On the Street

What's your favorite locally owned restaurant?
LESLIE RONALD Well, we've only started going there recently, but the Wave [Island Sports Grill and Sushi Bar] has such a huge assortment of food, and it's very good; the fried food is not greasy at all.

One Voice, One Vote

Automatic voter registration is an easy step towards a stronger democracy
This past Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day. If you missed it, don't panic.

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