A Matter Of Opinion archive for Oct. 2007

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 31, 2007

Letter: Recycling

Ken Burns’ World War II series showed Americans recycling wood, cans, glass, rubber, etc., to support our troops. Today we are at war, but throw away most materials rather than recycle.A trip to any refuse transfer station reveals tons of useful unsorted materials that are...

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About those second chances

Today's editorial recommends skipping second chances when the welfare of kids is at stake.Here's the opinion.What's your point of view on this? Do teachers who sexually abuse students deserve a second chance?

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TUESDAY, OCT. 30, 2007

What adults don't know about teens

Did a morning opinion writing stint, with Michael Patrick, managing editor of the Coeur d'Alene Press, at North Idaho College for the High School Journalism Workshop. The students, who came from schools throughout the Northwest, wrote some short essays on what adults don't know about...

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Here we go again ...

Another "not gay" legislator in the news.So sad that people can't be themselves, and that societal pressures can open up the possibility of blackmail.UPDATE: Yes, it gets weirder.UPDATE: He resigns. Are you watching this, Sen. Craig?

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Line 'Em Up

Last night at the Spokane Arena James Taylor introduced the song "Line 'Em Up," with an extended reminiscence of Richard Nixon's farewell handshake line at the White House. In Taylor's opinion, those premature presidential leave-takings should happen more often.The sentiment evoked some Baby Boomer chuckles...

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MONDAY, OCT. 29, 2007

The Rocketsbrain Thread

RBT,Rather than spinning all threads on multiple blogs into a commentary about RPS, I thought I'd give you your own thread for that. Of course when the topic actually is RPS, posting in those threads would be fine.This habit reminds me of letter writers who...

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Today's loose thread

November is almost here. In an eyeblink, the year will be over, and we'll all be fretting over the 2007 goals that remain unmet. So if there's a comment you've been wanting to post, a discussion you've been wanting to see, hop to it.

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Seven more days

Some call it Election Day, but people have been voting since Oct. 19. I like to call it Relief From Ads Day.Won't come soon in enough in the Spokane mayoral race.

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SUNDAY, OCT. 28, 2007

Our Sunday Opinions

Homeless Housing edit.In Portland, one study found that expenses for 35 homeless people dropped by $16,299 per person once they were placed in supportive housing. A study in Denver showed that emergency costs dropped 73 percent once homeless people found stable places to live.It's time...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 26, 2007

Letters: R-67

Today we had a standard sampling of the letters exchange over Washington Referendum 67.I guess I should not be surprised that The Spokesman-Review departed from virtually every other newspaper in Washington when it failed to endorse R-67, the consumer-oriented insurance fair conduct bill recently passed...

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A cure for what fails you

Amazing how quickly the Washington state Hospital Association revised its attitude about disclosing "adverse incidents," once the public found out they were trying to avoid it. Our view for Friday explains why we think more information is better than less.

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THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2007

Coach class

Earlier this year, we ran a series of profiles and interviews with strong leaders in the region, among them legendary high school volleyball coach Linda Sheridan. In today's paper, I commend to you a column by sports writer Jessica Brown, who examines the way parents...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 24, 2007

Firestorm: A Spokane Connection

Thanks to reader George L. McAlister, Systems Librarian for Spokane County Medical Society, who sent this interesting e-mail:For some local flavor on the San Diego wildfires, I’ve been having an interesting experience with my children, Erin and Brett, who were forced to evacuate their home...

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Letter: Don't foster dependence

Re: "Easy food deadly for grizzlies," Oct. 21:This article ought to be a wake-up call for everyone that thinks we are helping an animal when we give away free sustenance for any reason. In this case, it appears that the wildlife photographer may have been...

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Hanford museum?

Today's editorial looks at plans for a museum to commemorate the development of nuclear weaponry and the role Eastern Washington played in it. You can read it and then comment.

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TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2007

Coincidence or campaign politics?

Just after the primary ballots were mailed, Mayor Dennis Hession announced a plan to hire more public safety officers and staff for the ombudsman's office.And as general election ballots arrive in homes, he announces a plan to cut the utility tax.It wasn't surprising to see...

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MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2007

Magic spell

If you're one of those who think education theorists are too quick to abandon certain proven teaching methods (such as memorizing multiplication facts), take a look at the two stories that appeared side by side on Monday's front page.Under "Spokane Schools are adopting writing-based spelling...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 19, 2007

Save Our Pavement!

It won't be long now. Area streets are damp today and slickened with fallen leaves, but snow isn't far behind and a determined community of drivers will outfit their vehicles with quasi-chainsaws and resume the winter ritual of tearing up Inland Northwest streets and highways....

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THURSDAY, OCT. 18, 2007

Bush wins on SCHIP

Veto override fails by 13 votes.In the Washington state delegation, U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings remained the lone opponent to the bill that would've expanded the program. Republican colleagues Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Dave Reichert voted to override the veto.In Idaho, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson voted...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17, 2007


Escaping Spokaloo: Memories Wanted

My Sunday column was about growing up in Spokaloo, the great underdog city. It's changing rapidly, and we're almost hip now. Unbelievable.Feeling in a nostalgic mood this morning? Share your memories of growing up in Spokane when we were as far from cool as possible....

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