A Matter Of Opinion archive for Dec. 2007

SATURDAY, DEC. 29, 2007

loose thread -- very loose thread

Some of you may have noticed a certain lackluster approach to the staffing of this blog in recent days. What can I say? Between skimpy staffing and holiday distractions, blogging has to share finite resources with other demands.Still, loyal followers are entitled to at least...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 28, 2007

Trudy Rubin: The Pakistan report

(AP photo by Anjum Naveed)Doug Floyd waited all day yesterday Philadelphia Inquirer's Trudy Rubin's dispatch from Pakistan. It was worth the wait. She's in Pakistan, was scheduled to interview Benazir Bhutto on Thursday evening. If you read little else about the assassination, read Rubin's report...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 27, 2007

The Drive at 5

(Dan Pelle/S-R photo)Just heard from a colleague that there's a "skiff" of snow out there.I have heard this term before in relation to a light snow. Turns out skiff means "small boat."But then I stumbled into a online discussion of the very word in relation...

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Lynn's column: What do your symbols signify?

In my opinion, the best read on our pages today is Lynn Swanbom's column. Lynn is our letters coordinator and opinion page copy editor and she used her master’s degree in English and rhetorical studies in interesting ways on the job.Her column today looks at...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 26, 2007

MONDAY, DEC. 24, 2007

Have yourself a merry little Christmas Eve

We've gotten a few Christmas cards from our letter writers and enjoyed them very much. But we also continue to have some strong opinions expressed on the Roundtable page. Keep the discussion going, both on the blog and by submitting letters of your own: editor@spokesman.comWhich...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 21, 2007

Have you ever taken the keys from a drunk?

(Photo of Ray Milland in "Lost Weekend" from www.filmreference.com)Our editorial today was filled with tips on how to stay safe on the roads this holiday season.One of the tips:Get aggressive when the party's drunk tries to drive home. Hard-core drinkers – defined as those with...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2007

Loose Thread Thursday

V.B. Wigglesworth wakes at noon,Washes, shaves, and very soonIs at the lab; he reads his mail,Tweaks a tadpole by the tail,Undoes his coat, removes his hat,Dips a spider in a vat.-- From "V.B. Nimble, V.B. Quick" by John UpdikeWe hope your morning routine will include...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 19, 2007

Loose threads and melting snow

From my window, looking on Sprague Avenue, I see a drizzly, gray day and wonder if it's going to wash away the snow before my granddaughter gets to town tonight and we get a chance to pull her around on the homemade sled I guilt...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 18, 2007


Letter: Recycling

(...) it seems that there really aren't many options other than to throw (compact fluorescent bulbs) in the trash. I'm certainly not going to park a light bulb on my passenger seat and drive it to some as yet unknown location to dispose of it....

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MONDAY, DEC. 17, 2007

Weekend letter: Give Verner a break

C'mon editorial board, give our new mayor, Mary Verner, a break. She hasn't even been in office for 30 days and you are all over her about her lack of judgment in revealing the names of her transition team ("Stumbling start," Dec. 8). Dennis Hession...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 14, 2007

Letter: Snowy sidewalks, cont'd

In regards to George Britton’s letter about snowy sidewalks ("Snowy sidewalks a crime," Dec. 11), I totally agree that homeowners are responsible for keeping their sidewalks clear after a snowfall. However, some blame needs to be assigned to the city of Spokane and their lousy...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 13, 2007

Civic literacy

Here is the link George Nethercutt included in his guest opinion today. The civic literacy quiz takes a few minutes to complete, because the questions require careful reading. And they ain't all that easy either. I'm not shocked that college freshmen failed.I got a 90%....

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Setting priorities

Imagine the horror for a child trapped in a physically and/or emotionally abusive setting, victimized by those who are supposed to be protectors. Where can he or she turn? When someone does notice and blow the whistle, will the public resources be in place to...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12, 2007


Shadow land

As today's editorial was being written Tuesday afternoon, reporter Betsy Russell was writing from the S-R's Boise office that the Idaho Board of Education may have violated that state's open meetings law to discuss canceling the statewide standardized test for Idaho students next year. Public...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 11, 2007

Jail Time: Will it be near you?

Our editorial today talked about the county's planning process for a new jail.The county has launched an ambitious plan to present voters, in November 2008, with a bond issue to pay for a new detention facility to be in place by 2013, when Geiger's property...

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MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2007

Military Chaplains: Wear it on your sleeve

As we were working our Sunday editorial on how the role of police -- and workplace -- chaplains goes way beyond faith denominations, Doug Floyd found a Web site that showed military branch and collar insignia. They have elaborate insignias for Muslim, Buddhist, Christian and...

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FRIDAY, DEC. 7, 2007

Roosevelt Elementary Students on the pools bond

Our editorial today concerned the pools and Albi park bond that was passed overwhelmingly by voters last month.It urged the city to do implement the bond rapidly and with much transparency. Looks like they have that in mind.The parks department issued this press release today:The...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2007

Interrogation tapes destroyed

Torture and interrogation have been hot topics here. Now comes news that the CIA destroyed tapes of some interrogations rather than turn them over to the 9/11 Commission or legal authorities.Here's the article.Are you OK with this?

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Verner's ground rules of behavior

In our editorial board meeting with new Mayor Mary Verner yesterday, she gave us a handout listing the "Mayor's ground rules of behavior."They are:Just the facts -- no spin. Listen here.Just the truth -- no lies.Just a moment -- no surprises. Listen here.(S-R/Christopher Anderson photo...

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