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We must invest in the independent businesses that enrich our lives, while we still can
With Amazon's proposed acquisition of Whole Foods last week, pundits are buzzing over the race between the internet giant and Walmart to strike the best mix of online and offline sales in our cutthroat modern economy. But which entity will cross the finish line first, and why, are not the questions we should be asking ourselves.

Spokane Scrumpy Cider release party

Do Something: How to get involved in your community this week
Spokane Scrumpy Cider Release Party Liberty Ciderworks releases a special batch of cider to benefit Second Harvest, made using apples rescued from backyards, roadsides and abandoned orchards.

No Place Finer

Stop a minute to think about how great North Idaho really is
Idaho is my beat. I confess I've made a habit in the past of complaining, whining and even bitching a lot about the state of the state of Idaho.

Readers respond to more school in the summer

Letters to the editor
Thinking of the Children As a parent of children who lost their dad to suicide, there needs to be a program to support and educate the children left behind.

On the Street

What would your Hoopfest dream team look like?
TESS COX On my team, more like some awesome celebrity like Selena Gomez.

Swing to the Center

Has the whole world gone sane? Recent events seem to offer hope
Only a few months ago, it looked like we were in serious trouble as a planet. Our politics were going crazy across the world, veering towards the wacky extremist right.

Parade of Paws

Do something: How to get involved in your community this week
The Spokane Humane Society's 14th annual dog-walk fundraiser is open to groups and individuals, offering 2- or 4-mile walks, local vendors and info booths, and a barbecue. Walkers who collect $100 or more receive an event T-shirt.

Readers respond to our medical examiner cover story, U.S. Pavilion coverage

Letters to the editor
Readers respond to "The Dead Don't Lie" (6/8/17), our cover story about controversial analyses by the region's medical examiners, and what families of crime victims are doing to find justice: Betsy White: Natural causes?

A Fine Mess

Less than five months into his administration, the state of Republicans and Trump-led America
"People who have been to the Oval Office have come away stunned by Trump's minimal attention span, his appalling lack of information, his tendency to say more than he knows (intelligence officials have been instructed to put as much of his daily briefing as possible in the form of pictures). Aides have been subjected to public embarrassment by his propensity for changing his story."

On the Street

What is on your summer bucket list?
DOUG PETERSON I'd like to bike the Hiawatha Trail.

Creating Systemic Resiliency

Spokane County Juvenile Court has become a system dedicated to addressing inequities
It's so easy to complain about our social systems. There are problems with efficiency, cost and overall performance.

Free State Park Days

Do something: How to get involved in your community this week
As part of Washington State Parks' Discover Pass legislation, all state parks are open for day access for visitors without an annual ($30) or one-day ($10) pass. Sat, June 10.

On the Street

How hard is it to find parking in Spokane?
HENRY RAMIREZ It's really difficult.

Help Needed

President Trump can get started on creating new jobs by hiring those government officials he's supposed to select
President Trump has been increasingly criticized by all but his most loyal supporters. Impeachment talk dominates the news.

Readers respond to Paul Dillon's latest column; Spokane council's accidental action

Letters to the editor
WE NEED REPORTERS! I just read Paul Dillon's article, "Under Attack" (6/1/17) I have never responded to a story or an article before.

Under Attack

Digging into the troubling incidents targeting journalists
Before the body-slam heard around the world, Montana Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte dropped a dangerous hint of what was to come: Asked how to control journalists, he declared that "our biggest enemy is the news media." He even pointed at a reporter in the crowd and said, "It seems like there's more of us than there is of him."

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