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Fines for a job well done

On April 9, North Grand Avenue in Pullman was flooded by rushing waters from the Missouri Flat Creek drainage. Several businesses were badly damaged. People were trapped by the rising waters. Some were forced to take refuge on tables and such. One...

 

Sean Spicer, the dancer

The Sean Spicer show continues. Remember Sean? He was the press secretary for President Donald Trump. He was contentious and madly loyal to Trump. Spicer was the one who claimed that the crowd for Trump’s inauguration was the largest ever. This...

 

Please stand for the jury

During a jury trial in superior court, all people in the courtroom are asked to stand to recognize members of the jury when they file into the room and take their seats in the jury box. The practice is a recognition of the power which has been...

 

Elon Musk's latest

With all the things going on on Earth, attention to the stars has been subdued. Elon Musk is trying to change that. At his launch site in Texas, he held a press conference to introduce his new SpaceX Starship, a prototype of a soon-to-be full scale...

 

The other half

In the free bin at Main Street Books in Colfax, a few months ago, was a book with a picture of a building inside. “A Day In the Life of America” was part of a series that sent photographers across one land mass on one day to capture its essence....

 

A run of fish

Thousands of painted plastic fish now adorn the concrete river fences in downtown Colfax. Many were attached to the fencing over the weekend by volunteers. The fish are in undulating lines giving color and a sense of motion to the decorations. A cadr...

 

Low level high priority

The climate change debate continues. Democrat contenders for the party’s nomination for the presidency presented their views on the problem in a long town hall on CNN last week. The proposals and the suggestions varied. The presentation was one of...

 

A Change is Afoot

One of the predictions of climate change is extreme, unpredictable weather patterns. Hotter hots, colder colds, dryer drys and wetter wets. If pattern is the right word, the pattern of climate change is becoming more obvious. Hurricane Dorian, which...

 

Super fair run in the works

Reports during the countdown indicate this year's edition of the Palouse Empire Fair should start and finish with a high rating. The fair always generates its own momentum as entrants and competitors arrive with exhibits and talent for display and...

 

Changes for the Good

Some very nice changes have been accumulating along Main Street in Colfax. The city still has some vacant storefronts, but the feel and atmosphere has been improved. It is, in fact, more welcoming. A few years ago a woman from Texas purchased...

 

Breeding more

In Southern California during a traffic stop, the driver of the stopped car pulled out a rifle and started shooting. The policeman on the scene was killed, later two others were wounded. The shooter fired indiscriminately at other motorists. The car...

 

More shootings

Last week in a 24 hour period, 31 innocent people were shot and killed in two mass shootings. Nearly 40 additional people were injured. The massacres occurred in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas. Sadly, the shootings were predictable, not as to time...

 

Here we go again

A privately funded report on the Snake River Dams has just been released. The report recommends that the dams be taken out and the river be restored to natural flow. The study is called the Snake River Dams: Economic Tradeoffs of Removal. It will be...

 

Diverting our gaze

Last week, the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon was celebrated. Since that famous flight, much of the public interest rapidly ebbed, even though America completed six missions to the moon in quick succession. Despite 50 years having...

 

Why can't we?

In 1961, President John F Kennedy proclaimed that America would land a man on the moon by the end of the decade. That promise came to pass. The Eagle, NASA’s lunar lander, touched down on the moon’s surface on July 20, 1969, fifty years ago, in...

 

More consequential than 1992

Ross Perot died this week. He was 89. Perot is best known for his independent run for president in 1992. He garnered 19 percent of the popular vote. He, it has been claimed, cost incumbent George H.W. Bush his reelection and put Bill Clinton in...

 

Fill out the survey

“Failure to complete survey by July 31st may result in termination of water services.” This short message was printed on a bright orange slip of paper which was included with a letter and survey mailed by the City of Colfax to residents. The...

 
 By Garth Meyer    Editorial    June 27, 2019

Biden, Trump and the mainstream

What segment of voters will decide the next presidential election? The same people who always do – the mainstream. Two decisions in the last two weeks may underline this. Joe Biden's announcement to change his longtime support for the Hyde amendmen...

 
 By Bob Franken    Editorial    June 27, 2019

A Ballooning Independence Day

Let's not get too excited over the plans of the protesters to bring over the hilarious "Baby Trump" balloon from London and put it aloft during the president's Independence Day speech at the Lincoln Memorial. First of all, shouldn't we remember the n...

 
 By Rich Lowry    Editorial    June 27, 2019

The Climate Trap for Democrats

The more the climate debate changes, the more it stays the same. Polls show that the public is worried about climate change, but that doesn't mean it is ready to bear any burden or pay any price to combat it. If President Donald Trump claws his way t...

 
 By Jerry Jones    Editorial    June 20, 2019

Body camera dispute at Spokane raises questions

A lead story in the Spokesman Review June 1 projected a different view of where police body camera footage can be seen. The report included a photo of the kind of camera Spokane Police wear when they go on duty. The story involved body camera...

 
 By Jerry Jones    Editorial    June 13, 2019

Graduation Day 40k away

The WSU board of Regents last Friday approved a 2.4 percent increase in annual tuition for undergraduates in a meeting at the Tri-Cities campus. The higher rate is slated to be in place for next semester. For the academic year, the cost pencils out...

 

Our duty

Memorial Day has passed. It is the nation’s time to reflect on those we have lost. The focus of the holiday is on the many who serve this country in time of conflict, particularly those who died in combat. It also honors those who stood ready to...

 

A grand gift

Student debt is a national problem. Students find themselves leaving college with massive loans and the daunting challenge of how to pursue career goals and pay off those loans. A college degree remains important for future earnings and choice of...

 

The knock out punch?

The deepest solo ocean dive ever made was to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean. It was made in a titanium-hulled submersible on May 1. The depth of the dive was more than 35,800 feet. Four new deep sea species were discovered. Als...

 

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