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TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2006, 11:09 A.M.

Editor Smith Spanks Huckleberry Hound

"It should come as no surprise to those who know me that I am offended by the frame of this question. I thought we had moved past these nasty little stereotypes a long time ago.

"The shocker isn't that booze is involved. The shocker is that so many young women in our society are victims of rape and sexual assault at the hands of family members, friends, doctors, etc.

"National statistics bear this out and the WSU numbers are not out of line.

"A woman should be safe from assault...period. And an impaired young woman has not conceded her right to protection.

"Shame on you, Dave. You've been down this road before. I would have thought you learned something."

Stephen A. Smith
Editor, Spokesman-Review

DFO: When you're blogging at the speed of light, you don't always frame the question properly. Certainly, no always means no in sexual relationships. But I also maintain that women can put themselves in harm's way by making poor choices when booze is involved. I pulled the curtain back in my part of the newsroom to show that we journalists don't always think alike. And, no, the boss didn't tell me to put this out front.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.