Survival Guide

Survival Guide

How to be optimistic about your oncoming seasonal depression
As seasonal depression approaches, I've found myself trying to plan for it by making lists of ways to stay motivated, things to focus on, and ways to trick my brain into ignoring its own bad attitude. But then I thought, maybe I'm going about this all wrong.

On the Street

What's your most memorable holiday memory?
REGINA SIEBER When I was a child — I was born and raised in Germany; we were refugees from East Germany — it was, like, a big farm where people from the East [lived].

Indies First

Do something: How to get involved in your community this week
Toys for Tots Donation Drive Lone Wolf partners with local organizations to host a toy donation drive benefiting Toys for Tots.

Freedom Blighter

Gubernatorial candidate Raúl Labrador has his eye on our wild lands
Congressman Raúl Labrador came to our town a while ago to talk to Republican voters about why he should be chosen to serve as Idaho governor. Labrador has joined Lt. Gov. Brad Little and businessman/former doctor Tommy Ahlquist in a three-way race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

Readers respond to Mitch McConell's monster, Last Word & more

Letters to the editor
NO LAST "LAST WORD"? And that's it?

Mitch's Monster

How the Senate majority leader created Roy Moore
After a weekend of waffling, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared that he believed the women accusing Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore of improper sexual behavior with teenagers when he was in his 30s. Appropriately, he finally called for Moore to step aside.

Let's Clear the Air

Do something: How to get involved in your community this week
Climate change doesn't have to be a partisan issue. Join Idaho state Rep. Sage Dixon, Bonner County Commissioner Glen Bailey, the Idaho Forest Group and other climate experts for a presentation and conversation about ways to reduce carbon emissions while strengthening the local economy and saving farms, fish and forests.

Trump's Minefield

The president has boxed himself in on Russia
It was all so predictable. As the Russian noose tightens around President Trump's administration, we knew that he'd revert to form and haul out his usual offensive strategies — obfuscation and misdirection, both underwritten by the usual stack of lies and deflections.

Readers react to Nethercutt, high blood pressure

Letters to the editor
NETHERCUTT STRIKES AGAIN In his latest column in the Inlander, "Cleaning the Houses" (11/9/17), George Nethercutt addresses the apparently terrifying problem of "too many laws on the books."

On The Street

What do you think could be done to solve the opioid crisis?
SHAWN COX I'd like to see more of a health-care-type approach to it.

Life After Death

Death will come to us all, so it seems surprising that the subject is still so gravely taboo
I am perhaps qualified to discuss the departed, because I am a survivor. Death and I have gone quite a few rounds; I've been disoriented from the bell's repeated and reverberating echoes in my ears more times than I care to count.

Fox Theater Tours, helping vets and more

Do something: How to get involved in your community this week
The Fox is marking the 10th anniversary of its restoration and reopening with "Celebrate The Fox" month in November. Take a guided tour of the Fox, including rarely seen backstage areas, for $5, or visit at no cost to see the spectacular Art Deco interior as you enjoy live music and purchase items from the bar and concessions stand.

Readers respond to bad jokes, good taste and another mass shooting

Letters to the edtior
Readers react to our blog post "Reactions to Kate Burke/Bill Clinton photos show how we treat sexual harassment" (11/2/17):

Cleaning the Houses

Before our legislators add more laws, they should consider removing those that clog our system
Virginia legislators created 64 new laws so far in 2017. President Donald Trump signed at least 53 new laws this year.

On the Street

What musical artist would you like to see come play Spokane?
NICK HAMM My favorite musical artist right now would be a group — The Strumbellas — kind of a crazy folk-bluegrass group out of Canada.

A Fine Idaho 'Wackadoodle'

Sen. Glen H. Taylor, aka "The Singing Cowboy," deserves to be remembered
One of my favorite new words is "wackadoodle."

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