FRIDAY, FEB. 27, 2009
THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 2009
Transparency presumes that the public cares enough to check in and evaluate. As I look over the new OMB site set up by the Obama administration, I wonder how many people will actually belly up and drink in the data. In any event, here's some...
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 2009
TUESDAY, FEB. 24, 2009
We are falling down, down to the bottom of the hole in the ground. Smoke 'em if you got 'em. -- John Prine.How about this economy, eh? What's the opposite of irrational exuberance?Thoughts on this and other topics welcomed here. (BTW, there is a discussion...
MONDAY, FEB. 23, 2009
FRIDAY, FEB. 20, 2009
THURSDAY, FEB. 19, 2009
If you've been in the immediate area surrounding the Fox Theatre lately, you've probably noticed the signs affixed to parking meters and bearing the graphic logo that designates parking spots for handicapped drivers. The signs say those spots are available for authorized drivers for up...
In Wednesday's column, I noted a surgical checklist that has proven to be effective in saving lives and limiting post-op complications. A reader wondered what the entire list looked like.Take this link and scroll down to Table 1. Some basic stuff, yet a lot of...
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 18, 2009
An interesting story now posted on spokesman.com relates that bleak budgetary times have county officials like Spokane County Commissioner Mark Richard and budget officer Marshall Farnell talking aloud about local government consolidation. Between Spokane County and the city of Spokane, just to be clear. Richard...
TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2009
MONDAY, FEB. 16, 2009
In honor of Presidents Day, this article in which respondents rank the presidents. Top five: Lincoln, Washington, FDR, Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman, who had dismal approval ratings when he left office.Will history be kind to George W. Bush? Since 2000, Clinton moved from 21st to...
FRIDAY, FEB. 13, 2009
THURSDAY, FEB. 12, 2009
It's Charles Darwin's birthday. He's a tad older than Cindy. If he were alive today, what would he think (beyond "how do I get out of this coffin?"):Some scientists weigh in on that. Excerpt:Even though the laws governing inheritance were being worked out by Austrian...
TUESDAY, FEB. 10, 2009
MONDAY, FEB. 9, 2009
So Grammy's Record of the Year goes to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. That's quite a transformation for the former lead singer for Led Zeppelin.From "Please Read the Letter" (2007):Once I stood beside a well of many wordsMy house was full of rings andCharms and...
FRIDAY, FEB. 6, 2009
THURSDAY, FEB. 5, 2009
Sunday is go-to-meeting day. Saturday is recreation day. Friday is the beloved end of the work week (for most). Monday is the cursed return day. Wednesday is hump day and a character on the "Addams Family." Tuesday is enshrined in song "Ruby Tuesday." And, of...
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4, 2009
The Secretary of State's Office in Olympia reports that public libraries in Washington are seeing increased usage during the economic downturn. Patron visits are up 7.5 percent. Material checkouts are up 11.22 percent. Online visits are up 20.21 percent. Reference transactions are up 4.41 percent....
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