A Matter Of Opinion archive for May 2009

FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2009

Friday's Loose Thread 18 

Had a plumber solve a problem for under $100. And they say there are no miracles. Next up: Computer tech and the home PC. Fingers crossed.What's on your mind today?

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THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2009


Tale of Two Cities and health care 31 

In McAllen, Texas, twice as much is spent per patient than in El Paso, Texas. To find out why, this doctor/author traveled to both towns. What he found helps explain why health-care costs are so high in this country.In short, more spending, means greater profits....

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Wednesday's Loose Thread 

As you make vacation plans, does it enter into your thinking that just about anywhere you go in the summer will have worse weather than here? I'm from the Southwest, so summer getaways also brought relief from the heat. What's on your mind today?

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FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2009

THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2009


TUESDAY, MAY 19, 2009

Referendum 71 poll 83 

Just wondering where people are on this issue. Referendum 71 would rescind the "everything but marriage" law, which grants registered same-sex couples the same legal rights (other than marriage). In debating this topic, I've heard people say "why can't they settle for civil unions"? Well,...

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Tuesday's Loose Thread 

Have you seen these ads for S-R columnists? Usually one or two words to capture the essence, as it were. These are done by the promotions department, so we don't know what they'll say. Our only role is to be force-marched into the the photo...

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MONDAY, MAY 18, 2009

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2009


A note to commenters on this blog 83 

It's getting chippy, folks. Knock off the personal attacks against fellow posters. Profanity -- even in acronym form -- isn't allowed. The personal stuff will be zapped. I will not be holding court on why. It's just gone. I don't have time, and it won't...

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Wednesday's Loose Thread 22 

"As the light changed from red to green to yellow and back to red again, I sat there thinking about life. Was it nothing more than a bunch of honking and yelling? Sometimes it seemed that way." -- Jack Handy What deep thoughts would you...

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TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2009

Tuesday's Loose Thread 14 

Two guys are walking their dogs. One has a big German Shepherd, the other a tiny Chihuahua. They pass by a very fancy restaurant and the guy with the Shepherd suggests they stop in for a drink. “They’re not going to let us in with...

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MONDAY, MAY 11, 2009

FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2009

Friday's Loose Thread 147 

If you're tired of solving the world's problems, check out the Junior Lilac Parade this Saturday. My baton-twirling daughter will be there. You should, too.So, what's it gonna be today?

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Wednesday's Loose Thread 27 

A Texan walks into a Boston bar and asks the bartender, "Did you go to Harvard?" The bartender says, "Yale." The Texans replies, "DID YOU GO TO HARVARD?" What's on y'alls mind today?

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TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2009

Spokane Falls 24/7 45 

Avista strikes deal that will mean the downtown falls will not dry up each summer.Thoughts? I took a look from the Monroe Street Bridge yesterday. Amazing.

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MONDAY, MAY 4, 2009

Transit bench battle continues 15 

Mayor Mary Verner announced today she'll create a citizens committee to study ways to place appropriate transit benches at city bus stops in a way that best serves the riders. The City Council is scheduled tonight to take up an ordinance that would allow benches...

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Monday's Loose Thread 25 

Bloomsday, isn't that coming up soon? I should probably do that some year. So how was your weekend? My son and I biked along Centennial Trail, then I got a speeding ticket. No, not for pedaling too fast. It was for leaving too quickly in...

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FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2009

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