A Matter Of Opinion archive for Aug. 2009

MONDAY, AUG. 31, 2009

The vicious economic cycle 84 

A recent article notes that it will be difficult for the economy to sustain a recovery if people continue to get laid off, furloughed and save money, rather than spend it. Of course, they're saving the money out of uncertainty over their futures. A WSJ...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 28, 2009


The Health Care thread 162 

Since the health care debate is approaching the importance of Obama's birth certificate, thought I'd give it its own thread, so we can keep the debate in one place. I'll kick it off with this:People scoff at the possible savings with Medicare. Too hard! Have...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 27, 2009

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 26, 2009

TUESDAY, AUG. 25, 2009

Tuesday's Loose Thread 40 

Back to school. Salvation Army supplies drained. Cost about $70 to buy supplies for my third-grader. I don't recall this school supply frenzy when I was a kid. Thoughts on yet another lovely day?

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MONDAY, AUG. 24, 2009

FRIDAY, AUG. 21, 2009

THURSDAY, AUG. 20, 2009

What is insurance for? 218 

I just read a list serve comment by a woman who had an insurance issue over the cost of her son's physical exam for high school football. The details aren't important.My question is as follows:Hypothetically, an insurance policy provides one free physical exam every year....

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Thursday's loose thread 

While you're booting up your blog energy, here's a tidbit reported in the current issue of State Legislatures magazine.Between 1976 and 2007 (apparently the latest figures available), lawyers' representation in state legislatures around the country declined from 22.3 percent to 15.2 percent, causing them to...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19, 2009

Wednesday's loose thread 19 

Any surprises from yesterday's voting?Maybe that's the inspiration you're looking for to comment on today's loose thread.Or maybe you want to comment on the fact a drivable segment of the North Spokane Corridor will open this weekend.Or maybe you have topics of your own to...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 18, 2009

Tuesday's loose thread 

We said it yesterday, and we're repeating it today. It's election day in Washington. Vote. This public service announcement is brought to you by A Matter of Opinion. Now, what has you fired up today?

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MONDAY, AUG. 17, 2009

Power up? Power down? 19 

The Washington state Attorney General's Office announced today that its public counsel section has decided to challenge the 18 percent rate hike that Avista Utilities has asked from the state Utilities and Transportation Commission.Not only that, if all the counsel's recommendations were adopted by the...

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Monday's loose thread 58 

No point in waiting (and then forgetting as I did last week). Here's a loose thread invite to get your week going at A Matter of Opinion. I commend your attention to the previous post about voting in tomorrow's election, but here's your chance to...

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Changing world of elections 

Tomorrow is primary election day in Washington, and our editorial will encourage those who haven't yet voted to be sure to do so. That used to be a standard election day offering, until mail-in voting became standard. Now, because many voters mark and return their...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 14, 2009

Friday's loose thread 60 

Finally...Friday. The weekend beckons. Oh, that's just the lawnmower.So here's your chance to tie up any loose ends -- make that loose threads -- left over from the week.

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THURSDAY, AUG. 13, 2009

Thursday's loose thread 24 

I have to say I'm a wee bit disappointed at the lack of response to the video clip posted earlier. You have know idea what a technological leap that bit of learning represented for this 1950s luddite.OK, enough about me. What are you thinking?

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Fascinating take on the information age 

For those who, like me, still don't quite know how to relate to the social network technology, John Foster, an advisor and communications director for Idaho Congressman Walt Minnick, has posted this short clip on You Tube and Facebook. It's a tad salty, but if...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12, 2009

Wednesday's loose thread 35 

In the past month, I've been to Okalahoma City, where they were having irregularly heavy but probably needed rain; Philadelphia, where a thunderous downpour washed out bridges, caused power outages, closed major highways and temporarily shut down the airport; and now Spokane with more rain...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 11, 2009

FRIDAY, AUG. 7, 2009

Friday's Loose Thread 83 

“The ant is knowing and wise, but he doesn't know enough to take a vacation” -- Clarence DaySonia is in, so is Mobiusflu shots loom, not matter how odiousRescue this thread with thoughts from your head

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THURSDAY, AUG. 6, 2009

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 5, 2009

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