Travesty of Justice

Travesty of Justice

What else can you call it when a man gets away with shooting another man in the back, killing him?
Bang! Bang!

On the Street

What makes a good music festival?
BAYLIE CROWLEY Obviously I'm just there for the lineup, but having the right type of food vendors, I think, also draws the right kind of people...

Bacon-Flavored Politics

Republicans in Idaho and D.C. haven't yet found a problem that can't be solved with tax cuts for the wealthy
If Idaho's two congressmen, Rep. Mike Simpson and Rep. Raúl Labrador, had voted against the ridiculously inadequate health care bill that passed the House of Representatives on May 4, the vote would have been tied, 215 to 215, and the bill would have failed. Ker-plop.

Memorial Day at Fairmount

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The Fairmount Memorial Association hosts activities to honor those who've died serving their country. More than 3,800 American flags will decorate all seven of the properties, including Riverside Memorial Park, Pines Cemetery and Greenwood Memorial Terrace.

Readers respond to Spokane's expensive fountain, Nethercutt's latest

Letters to the editor
Nethercutt's Cherry-Picking Regarding "What's in Their Wallet" (5/11/17), George Nethercutt's political bias cherry-picked on Democratic candidates with larger war chests than their Republican opponents, including reference to his own win over Tom Foley in 1994, when he vowed he would serve for a maximum of three terms.

The Rise of Partisanship

It's time to start destroying political Death Stars built by rabid, anti-government extremists
Our nation's increasing partisanship over the past several decades hasn't been an accident. Rather, it's part of a long-term strategy to blow up government.

Backyard Chicken Keeping

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From choosing the best breed for your needs to what your flock will need, a neighborhood chicken aficionado lets you in on the secrets of how to have your pets make your breakfast every day. Sat, May 20 at 3 pm.

Readers respond to Nethercutt's campaign-finance column, closing of the Carlyle

Letters to the editor
POLITICS AND PERSUASION I surprisingly agree with George Nethercutt about money in politics ("What's In Their Wallet?," 5/11/17). I don't agree with his recall of the 1994 election, wherein he unseated Tom Foley.

On The Street

What is, or was, your favorite part of Riverfront Park, now that renovations are underway?
TIM STARK My favorite part [is] definitely overlooking the falls.

The Director's Chair

Congress needs to hold firm for a strong, independent candidate to lead the damaged FBI
If I were on the Senate committee voting to confirm the next director of the FBI, the very first question I would ask the nominee would be: "Much has been made of how highly President Trump values loyalty. With reference to the position to which you have been nominated, please provide us your understanding of what that term means.

Love Wins

Hateful graffiti rooted in ignorance and fear has no chance against love
In a world of Trumpism, we must love each other and ourselves. There is literally nothing else that will change the future of our country more than those simple acts.

Cheney MayFest

Do something: How to get involved in your community this week
The annual community festival in downtown Cheney features live music, craft vendors, a car show, petting zoo, kids activities, artists, a cornhole tourney and more. Free.

Readers respond to oil train dangers and GOP candidates moving on up

Letters to the editor
Readers react to "Boom Town" (5/4/17), our cover story about the potential disaster of an oil-train explosion in Spokane, and what activists and politicians are doing to prevent it. Alana Diane: If this happens then maybe people will realize oil is not the future, but the past.

What's In Their Wallet?

There's too much money in politics, and only voters can reverse the trend
Something's wrong with politics in 2017. Too much money is being raised for congressional elections.

On the Street

Do you prefer red wine or white wine, and why?
GREG SHELMAN Red wine, definitely.

Love Thy Neighbor?

Spokane's "Compassionate City" designation is being put to the test
Getting in cars with a stranger is the acceptable behavior of using ride-sharing. I'll often make small talk and ask, "So, how long have you been doing Lyft?"

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