Community Comment archive for Sept. 2010

THURSDAY, SEPT. 30, 2010

Man beats baby to death... 

Good morning, Netizens... I am utterly aghast at James R. Cooley's murder of Santiago McCreight, a one year-old baby boy who was beaten to death by Cooley. Cooley has been arrested, which is perhaps “too little too late”, because according to various reports, he had...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2010

Demise of the South East Spokane County fair?  

Good morning, Netizens... This last weekend, I sat once more at a picnic table beneath the trees in South Spokane County's cultural diadem, one of the few ties to our agricultural past that endures even today. It was time, once again, for the annual South...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 26, 2010

John Olsen  

A message written by John Olsen that needs to be heard...Clear DayGood Morning folks,I have been out of town for two months during the transition to the new schedules and service changes for our transit system. I recognize the budget need to reduce service on...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 24, 2010

WSP Detective shoots pregnant woman...

Good afternoon, Netizens...All I know is that a WSP Detective involved with serving a search warrant on Spokane's North Side shot a pregnant woman this morning. That's not a lot of detail, for which I apologize, but I am engaged in a job this afternoon,...

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Morning invocation... 

Good morning, Netizens... Thought you might enjoy this interesting prayer given in Kansas at the opening session of their Senate a few years ago. It seems prayer upset some people... When Minister Joe Wright was asked to open the new session of the Kansas Senate,...

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Associated Press photo of Eddie Fisher and Elizabeth Taylor in 1965 before their marriage.  (Associated Press)

Eddie Fisher dies...

Good morning, Netizens... Pop vocalist Eddie Fisher, who sold millions of records with 32 hit songs including "Thinking of You," "Any Time," "Oh, My Pa-pa," "I'm Yours," "Wish You Were Here," "Lady of Spain" and "Count Your Blessings," has died at age 82. He was...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 23, 2010

Payroll cuts at City Hall... 

Good morning, Netizens... I love it! Actually I'm revulsed by the news from the hallowed halls of City Hall, because the news is simply that bad! According to Queen Mary, officials are preparing to give 120 city employees pink slips next week, with more than...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 21, 2010

David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com

Democrats in the headlights?  13 

Good morning, Netizens... Having driven the back roads and byways of Eastern Washington perhaps more than is seemly, it somehow seems miraculous to me that I haven't hit more than one animal that got caught and frozen by my headlights. Cartoonist David Horsey captures a...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 19, 2010

Rainy days and Sundays... 

Good afternoon, Netizens... I live in a culture of noise. Unfortunately, most of that racket is man-made, stuff like cars, the television, radio and conversation in between. On days like today, when it rains out-of-doors, I cannot hear it fall, with the possible exception of...

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SATURDAY, SEPT. 18, 2010

David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com

Who wins and who loses? 

Good morning, Netizens... Here we have a David Horsey depiction of what might happen if the Republicans ever hitched a ride with the Tea Party faithful. Say, didn't anyone notice that neither of the two Republican faithful have their seat belts fastened? In Washington State...

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Spokesman-Review wins awards...

Good morning, Netizens... Detractors probably are muttering something (typically beneath their breath) about “it's only the Cowles”. However, it is difficult to support such a statement when the Spokesman-Review continues to win awards for excellence in reporting and photography year after year. This year The...

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A lawman speaks in the Ballroom...,

Good evening, Netizens... Upon first re-arriving at The Virtual Ballroom after a prolonged and somewhat vexing business trip, I thought perhaps the ghost of the late Pastor Wayne Scott Creach perhaps had chosen the ethereal ballroom as his next step on his pathway to Heaven,...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15, 2010

Jerry Mosey -- Associated Press

Obituary for Edwin Newman... 

Good afternoon, Netizens...The world has lost a fastidious grammarian as well as an award-winning news broadcaster as Edwin Newman has passed away yesterday. Newman died peacefully of pneumonia Aug. 13 in Oxford, England, his lawyer Rupert Mead told Reuters. His wife and daughter wanted to...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 14, 2010

Bob Kirkpatrick

A special Gathering request...

Good morning, Netizens...Do you know this man? Have you seen this man in the past? Nearly 25 years ago a personal friend of mine convinced me I should continue writing, and at first (this was well before Community Comment came into being) I wrote fiction...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2010

What defense is there for hatred? 16 

Good morning, Netizens... I am not Islamaphobic. I am not a follower of the Dr. Terry Jones http://www.doveworld.org/ , nor of Reverend Fred Phelps, Sr. and his Westboro Baptist Church http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Phelps, http://www.godhatesfags.com). There are far too many ugly consequences of portraying our country as Islamic-hating,...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 10, 2010

David Horsey,davidhorsey.com,seattlepi.com

Look in the mirror... 10 

Good morning, Netizens... In this morning's David Horsey cartoon, we are called upon to take a long look into the mirror the better to see two clerics, each bearing their individual animosities. Granted, the zealot who threatened to burn a copy of the Koran has...

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Spokesman-Review AP

When is capital punishment mandated? 

<!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> Good morning, Netizens... Cal Coburn Brown was executed early today by lethal injection for the rape, torture and murder of a Seattle-area woman, in Washington state’s first use of capital punishment in nine...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8, 2010

Why literacy?

Good morning, Netizens... Today, September 8, 2010 is International Literacy Day. I was pleasantly-surprised the other day when so many people responded to the message thread “Why Bother Learning to Spell?”. Endorsed by UNESCO, this day is proclaimed for disseminating literacy awareness amongst world's illiterate...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 7, 2010

A baton blow leaves a mark, you know... 

Good morning, Netizens... The story of the officer-involved shooting of the late Pastor Wayne Scott Creach has become a bit more convoluted over this Labor Day weekend, and frankly the news media reports that Creach was hit by Deputy Brian Hirzel's baton at least once...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 6, 2010

Source: AP

The Space Odyssey?

Good morning, Netizens... If you are really a member of the antique generation, or failing that, an avid fan of cinematography, you will undoubtedly remember Stanley Kubrick's award-winning “2001- A Space Odyssey” where a black obelisk possessing certain incredible powers plays a role. Thus perhaps...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 5, 2010

Why bother learning to spell? 24 

Good morning, Netizens... Last week students in Oregon got a heck of a message from their state school board. They no longer need to learn to spell when a computer can do it for them. From now on, seventh-graders and high-school students can use automated...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 3, 2010

A wicked holiday doth approach...

Good evening, Netizens... At least I am speaking of those of you who haven't already fled Spokane for your favorite vacation spots, as the Labor Day weekend begins to unravel this evening. Some of my favorite neighbors have already fled the pop stand, heading for...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 2, 2010

What happened and when? 11 

Good morning, Netizens... Now let's have a sensible discussion about the Deputy Brian Hirzel and the resulting death of Pastor Wayne Scott Creach. After reading a number of blog post comments regarding the confrontation that took place in the parking lot of Creach's business, The...

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David Horsey,David Horsey,Seattlepi.com

The War is Over, what were the lessons?

Good morning, Netizens... What were the lessons of Iraq? Cartoonist David Horsey asks a few difficult questions, and offers a few answers. Was the war worth it? Would we as a nation be better off if we hadn't entered the war with Saddam Hussein? Did...

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