A Matter Of Opinion archive for Oct. 2009

FRIDAY, OCT. 30, 2009

THURSDAY, OCT. 29, 2009

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2009

TUESDAY, OCT. 27, 2009

Tips for the modern pundit 54 

You, too, can be a pundit, but the rules have changed. Here's helpful hints from the Washington Post's Gene Weingarten.Example:"Rule 3: Being a modern pundit is like being a microwave oven -- it's about heat, not light. The current debate in America, for example, isn't...

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Tuesday's Loose Thread 

Been reading "The Big Burn" by Timothy Egan (grew up in Spokane). It's about the onset of the Forest Service, the fierce battles to oppose setting aside public land and the huge fire that turned public sentiment to the foresters.Find it odd that Heyburn State...

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MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2009

FRIDAY, OCT. 23, 2009

THURSDAY, OCT. 22, 2009

Thursday's Loose Thread  48 

Cloudy. No chance of meatballs. So I have to speak with high school kids wiith an alleged interest in journalism. What advice should I give?What else is on your mind today?

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21, 2009



TUESDAY, OCT. 20, 2009

MONDAY, OCT. 19, 2009

Monday's Loose Thread 

So it's come to this. NEW YORK—According to a report published this week in American Journalism Review, 93 percent of all newspaper sales can now be attributed to kidnappers seeking to prove the day's date in filmed ransom demands.

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SUNDAY, OCT. 18, 2009

FRIDAY, OCT. 16, 2009

THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 2009

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14, 2009

City worker pay 44 

I had my say on the reluctance of police to practice shared sacrifice. The loss of 22 officers looms, says the mayor. This is an issue with firefighters and other employee unions, too.UPDATE: County seeking concessions, too.Thoughts?

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Wednesday's Loose Thread 

Well, the health care bill moves to the Senate floor. Is it a big deal that a single GOP senator has signed on? I don't quite understand the importance of that. It's not like she's beloved in conservative circles, where she's long been considered a...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 13, 2009

MONDAY, OCT. 12, 2009


Short and sweet 

Of all the editorials published around the country about President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize, the most concise is probably this one from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock: Enough said What is one to say on hearing that the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize has been...

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FRIDAY, OCT. 9, 2009

THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2009

Council candidates debates 20 

Take this link and you can hear Amber Waldref and Mike Fagan debate the issues.Karen Kearney vs. Nancy McLaughlin here.Jon Snyder vs. Mike Allen here.Who do you support in these racea and why?

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Thursday's Loose Thread 

Is there really no interest in local elections? It's a bit odd to me that a blog in Spokane is dominated by discussion of what goes on nationally and internationally. Local elections don't matter?Thoughts on this and other issues here.

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 7, 2009

Local elections

Any thoughts on local races? General election ballots will be mailed out next Wednesday. You'll begin to see S-R endorsements this week and next for Spokane County races. There's a Spokane Valley council debate tonight at 7 CenterPlace (at Mirabeau, near the Valley YMCA). Be...

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