A Matter Of Opinion archive for June 2007

SATURDAY, JUNE 30, 2007

Saturday's "Our view"

Today's editorial notes that Idaho Gov. Butch Otter's appointment of a new state Supreme Court justice effectively leaves voters out of the process. Read it and let us know how you feel.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2007

Here's your chance

What's that on your shoulder? Looks like a loose thread -- I'll get it. OK, you get it.Get it?(Translation: Respond to this post to bring up your own topic for discussion.)

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THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2007

Be Careful Out There, Take Two

Our edit board this week discussed car accidents, as part of our discussion about today's editorial touting the value of slower speed limits near parks and playgrounds.Two of us were in minor traffic accidents recently and we all have little ones in our lives who...

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Still trying harder

Spokane's the second-largest city in the state with a narrow lead over Tacoma, according to new U.S. Census figures.Read story here: We're No. 2.So what conclusions do you draw about our collective self esteem?

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2007

The "Avoid D.C. Tour" continues

Despite the memory lapses evident in his congressional testimony, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales remembered to show up in Spokane today to tout an anti-gang initiative.Question: If you were in charge of an important project, would you want Gonzales speaking on its behalf?UPDATE: Two protesters arrested.

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Wednesday's Loose Thread

“A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues is on the way to totalitarianism and death” -- Robert Maynard HutchinsUse it or lose it.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2007

Whiskerino Days

At our morning editorial board meetings, we discuss serious stuff, of course, but often our conversations veer into unexpected, lighter topics. Yesterday, I told my colleagues about my husband accidentally shaving off part of his beard which led to his story about his father being...

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That's the ticket

In Our View, it makes sense for the Police Department to ditch the traditional wool uniforms for comfy, practical jumpers jumpsuits.If nothing else, officers might be more cheerful as they write up that infraction. And with the new cell-phone laws, they'll need help keeping cool.(S-R...

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MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2007

Rural Rambles: Waverly, Wash.

This summer I'm continuing a project I began last summer to swim in municipal rural pools within 90 minutes of Spokane. It's for a Web site data base project of all regional municipal pools that will eventually be "published" on our Web site.One of the...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2007

Weekend editorials for your review

A federal agency shows a distinct lack of cooperation with a U.S. senator. Is it just their own political battle, or should the public at large be concerned? Read Saturday's "Our view" and share your own thoughts.And from Sunday, there's one comment on the issue...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2007

Secret ballots and the history of voting

A recent release from U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's office contains a questionable comment:The Democratic leadership in Congress is pushing through a measure to eliminate secret ballots. Yes, you heard me right - the very foundation of our system of government is being shaken up by...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2007

Courtship

Newsday photoFor those who follow the Supreme Court and appreciate an occasional peek at its inner workings, here's a column that's worth a few minutes of your attention. Bottom line: Look for Ruth Bader Ginsburg to lead the liberal wing of the Roberts court into...

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Letters ledger

The report is in. It may be surprising for some, or it may not for others. We'll continue to keep watch on the numbers in the coming months.The question is, does this information help more people participate in the printed forum that is the Roundtable...

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Loo's thread 6/21/7

OK, without being indelicate here, we all know the place that affords a few minutes of quiet reflection and allows us to do some of our best thinking. We're trying to make "A Matter of Opinion" another one. What would you like to share?

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2007

Question: Should This Woman Go Back to Prison?

Item: Mom faces prison: Woman given probation had baby, then appeals court overruled judge/Taryn Brodwater, Spokesman-ReviewKathy Plonka, Spokesman-Review"I'm going to miss so many firsts, " said Kendra Goodrick as she held her 9-week-old son Jameson at her home in Hayden Monday.Goodrick, 29, said she never...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2007

Man's connection to global warming

Casey King has asked the question that is at the center of the global warming issue. Hardly anyone disputes that the Earth is warming, but is man to blame?The scientific consensus is yes, but how do they know?The short answer: They know the difference between...

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MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2007

I Want to Drive Alone

Despite high gas prices, global warming -- oops, I mean "climate change" -- and the higher cost of parking coming soon to downtown Spokane, people still drive to work da sola.See today's story.When I worked in Washington D.C. for two years in the 1980s, I...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 17, 2007

Thoughts about Sunday's editorials?

Do you think the city of Spokane should abandon its practice of routinely countersuing those who file civil rights abuse cases? Here's what an editorial says about it today.Or, what are your thoughts about the budgetary pickle Spokane Public Schools find themselves in. Read our...

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SATURDAY, JUNE 16, 2007

A loose thread for the weekend

Anyone who's spent much time around me has probably heard me quote Thomas Jefferson as saying that error may be tolerated where truth is free to combat it.Ready for combat? What truth do you want to wield today?

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FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2007

Future Watch, Take 1

In the mid-1980s, I interviewed Jonathan Peck, a futurist with the Institute for Alternative Futures.We were talking about the then changing telephone technology and he mentioned that someday people would carry their phone numbers with them everywhere. He wasn't sure how it would work. Maybe...

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