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A Matter Of Opinion archive for March 2009


MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2009

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2009


Thu., March 26, 2009, 10:53 a.m.

Olsen, Pete and prayers 19 

Last night, Mayor Mary Verner and Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick attended a prayer circle held by the Native American community in the aftermath of the Pete-Olsen verdict. Tim Connor wrote this account for the Center For JusticeReactions? .

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Thu., March 26, 2009, 9 a.m.

Thursday's Loose Thread 

Let's talk sports jargon annoyances. For years, "scoring" was sufficient, but in recent years it has morphed into "score the ball." As in, "Austin Daye can really score the ball." Sounds like an ill-advised move by in a woodshop.What are are your baskeball pet peeves?...

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Wed., March 25, 2009, 4:20 p.m.

Boise ombudsman -- 10 years after 

Boise seems generally happy to have had ombudsman Pierce Murphy for the past decade. Murphy was brought to Spokane to discuss his job as the city was formulating how to create its position.One key difference in Spokane's set-up is that the longest the ombudsman can...

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Tue., March 24, 2009, 4:39 p.m.

Would GU invite Obama to speak? 81 

Obama will deliver a commencement address at Notre Dame. This has some Catholics upset, since some of his views don't square with Catholic teaching. I recall Planned Parenthood not being allowed at Gonzaga. Then again, McCain has been there, even though he is for the...

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Tue., March 24, 2009, 4:02 p.m.

History lesson about states' rights 

Idaho legislator Dick Harwood harvested a truckload of attention with his comment that the United States is a "confederacy." Betsy Russell wrote about it on today's front page.Harwood is pushing a memorial to Congress and the president declaring that Idaho is sovereign and asks the...

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MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2009

Mon., March 23, 2009, 2:09 p.m.

Information clampdown in Olympia  

It's pretty tough to get news out of the Legislature on what's going to happen with the state budget. Rich Roesler had a column about that. Now, here's a Seatte Times writer wondering why House Leader Frank Chopp won't meet the press.Must be pretty awful...

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Thu., March 19, 2009, 4:43 p.m.

Did Dodd do it? 33 

A lot of confusing information and incorrect assertions in the AIG bonus controversy. Here's a timely review of the facts by short, Dodd looks to be telling the truth.

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Wed., March 18, 2009, 9:41 a.m.

Wednesday's Loose Thread 15 

It's March Madness! There's a basketball tournament going on, too. So, I'm having lunch with colleagues at "an area restaurant" when a server deposits the soup in my lap. It was egg drop soup. You just can't make this stuff up.Comment on the madness of...

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Tue., March 17, 2009, 10:02 a.m.

Tuesday's Loose Thread 72 

Trying to think of an act more ill-advised than those officers celebrating Olsen's acquittal. Stumped.Your thoughts on this or St. Patrick's Day and President O'Bama or anything else?

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MONDAY, MARCH 16, 2009

Mon., March 16, 2009, 9:36 a.m.

Monday's Loose Thread 93 

How about those AIG bonuses? It's like giving me extra cash for abuse of the language, libelous columns and continual factual errors "Gary is going to be very important to us as we try to turn things around. We can't afford to have him leave...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009

Fri., March 13, 2009, 4:19 p.m.

Officer Olsen not guilty 135 

That's what the jury said. Because the jury determined the shooting was in self-defense, Olsen’s attorney is entitled to seek payment for his legal fees, and Olsen can seek back payment of his police wages.Discuss.

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Thu., March 12, 2009, 10:54 a.m.

Thursday's Loose Thread 25 

Funny column by Cindy Hval today. It did not suck. But, come on. Bad lyrics cross generations."In the desert you can remember your name, cause there ain't no one for to give you no pain."What's your favorite bad lyric. What else is on your mind?

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Wed., March 11, 2009, 11:54 a.m.

Wednesday's Loose Thread 49 

Recently finished "Flyboys", a book by James Bradley ("Flags of our Fathers"). Interesting stuff about the brave pilots in WWII and their exploits in the Pacific. It hones in on nine of them who were shot down near Chichi Jima (near Iwo) and taken prisoner...

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Tue., March 10, 2009, 5:02 p.m.

Mix and match 65 

The U.S. Senate today passed the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 to keep government operating. Once the measure was sent on to President Obama, individual senators were free to get about their business ... of sending out statements. The two examples listed below came from...

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Tue., March 10, 2009, 9:39 a.m.

Vote of confidence 

Today is election day. Doesn't feel the same as it used to, not with this fascination with voting by mail. Me, I'll be walking my ballot down to the Voter Service Center at the STA Plaza and handing it to a live person.One thing mail-in...

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