A Matter Of Opinion archive for April 2009

THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009

Joe Biden's ill-advised comment  127 

VP Biden handed out some alarmist advice this morning on the "Today Show" regarding swine flu. Now he's back-pedaling. And to think some people wanted to flip that ticket. Sure glad the cool customer is the president. Did he get it right the first time?...

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2009

Wednesday's Loose Thread 

I know we're not supposed to compare anything to the pain of childbirth, but these economic contractions sure hurt. I guess the good news is that consumer confidence is on the rise. But now swine flu is having a negative impact.Thoughts on this or anything...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2009

Tuesday's Loose Thread 69 

Just saw that Sen. Arlen Specter is switching parties. That means when Al Franken is seated, the Democrats will have a filibuster-proof 60 senators. Specter said:"Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the...

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MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2009

THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2009

Wednesday's Loose Thread 15 

After my daughter's dance class at the Y, we strolled over to the footbridge to see the falls. Wow! That's about all we could say. Wow!Thoughts on this blustery day?

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TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 2009


MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009


WEA president blasts Legislature 37 

Via Publicola, here is the letter WEA President Mary Lindquist sent out to teachers after the Senate adopted a reform bill.EXCERPT: This bill is a travesty and an insult to the education profession. The groups behind it are vested interests masquerading as concerned citizens who...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009

Home game II 15 

Shawn Vestal's story on today's front page will make a lot of heads spin. Has a legitimate law, intended to protect tenants' rights in disputes with their landlords, become so distorted that a couple of senior citizens could lose control over their own property, just...

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Home game I

Not that anyone should be surprised to learn that money drives the decisions around big-time college athletics, but how will Seattle go over as the permanent home of the Apple Cup? WSU has more alums in the Puget Sound region than they do in Eastern...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009

The popular thing to do 13 

A brief news item out of Olympia this morning reports that the governor is about to get a measure by which Washington state would join the states pushing for a popular vote in presidential elections.Only four other states have signed on so far, but the...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2009

Wednesday's Loose Thread 97 

The unemployment rate has doubled in a year. It's 9.2 percent in Washington and 12.1 percent in Oregon. If that's a solution, we should be well on the way to recovery.Stay busy by posting here.

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Tea parties -- anyone going? 28 

Tax-and-spend protests are scheduled across the state on Wednesday. There will also be a rally at the Capitol. The Spokane party will be outside the Convention Center. Here is the forecast -- not that a chance of rain should stop a revolution.Anyone going?

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MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2009

FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 2009

THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2009

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8, 2009



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