A Matter Of Opinion archive for May 2010

FRIDAY, MAY 28, 2010

Looks like extra innings in Senate race 

Rasmussen poll reports that Dino Rossi's formal announcement hasn't broken the tie between him and his target, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. Check it out here. With half a dozen Republicans possibly in the contest, I also have to wonder if Washington's top-two primary will produce...

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THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010

Police ombudsman back in the news 

Here is our editorial on the topic.Here is what the reports look like on the Boise ombudsman's Web site.Here is the Monday council meeting (click on "City Council meetings:, then select May 24th), which had a lot of emotional comments from citizens about their interactions...

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MONDAY, MAY 24, 2010

Ex-SR photographer shoots amid danger 

Holly Pickett, a former staff photographer here, has one of the best blogs I've seen. Helps that she shoots such compelling photos in such newsworthy hotspots as Afghanistan and Iraq. She's in Iraq now and recently had a photo on the front page of The...

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Rossi, income tax and more 

Looks like Dino Rossi will challenge Patty Murray, though Tea Party appears to favor Clint Didier. Should be interesting. Meanwhile this Washington Poll has fodder for discussion, including:1. Murray edging Rossi, though it's early and he hadn't officially announced.2. State income tax initiative holding wide...

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The May 24 Thread 14 

According to my calendar, it is Victoria Day in Canada, which is pegged to Queen Victoria's birthday and is the official start of summer up north. So, happy Canada Summer Day!This is an open thread.

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TUESDAY, MAY 18, 2010

Social Security tweaks 101 

Congressional report shows what it would take to sustain it. Here are some options. Doesn't look so daunting to me. For instance:Modify the Social Security tax cap. Workers pay into the Social Security system on earnings up to $106,800 in 2010. About 83 percent of...

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MONDAY, MAY 17, 2010

Is everything political? Miss USA? 10 

Blogger notes frequency of Muslim winners. Commenters take it from there. Who is Daniel Pipes? Noted here.Some liberals critique the very fact that these events take place. This neocon doesn't mind that, but he wonders about the process for picking winners.To repeat the title: Is...

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"Cruel and unusual punishment" 

That's the rationale for the Supremes striking down state laws that put people younger than 18 in prison for life without the possibility of parole for crimes that come up short of murder.Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, speaking for the court, said a life prison term...

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THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010

Health Care Reform 645 

Put your thoughts on the health care debate in this thread here. I'll update this as needed and keep it on the blog's "front page."UPDATE: Here is a handy chart on how the health care bill might affect you.UPDATE: UW Law School holds debate on...

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Education reform 135 

What is "basic education?" What should be included/excluded? How to fix it? How to pay for it? Should the feds have a role?Put your education thoughts here, and I'll keep in on the front page.UPDATE: Only two states -- Delaware and Tennessee -- are awarded...

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Portland mayor fires police chief 

Why? Probably for the way the department handled an in-custody death of a mentally ill man. That saga lasted 3 1/2 years. Sounds familiar. It didn't help that the chief criticized some budget cuts.So there's that intersection of mental illness and criminal justice again.Jason Renaud,...

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MONDAY, MAY 10, 2010


Taxed enough already? 74 

Nearly half of households paid no federal income taxes for 2009. Before that the top two rates were lowered.About 47 percent will pay no federal income taxes at all for 2009. Either their incomes were too low, or they qualified for enough credits, deductions and...

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MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010

Arizona immigration law 201 

So the Arizona governor signed the bill that allows law enforcement to ask for papers if they have "reasonable suspicion." What are the reasonable "tells" of illegal immigrants? The governor said she didn't know.UPDATE: Arizona lawmakers modify law over profiling concerns. Now race cannot be...

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The May 3 thread 168 

Newsroom just heard on the police scanner that a tree blew down and is on fire. Guess that tops my plight: lost a section of backyard fence. If there's one place I always lose, it's fence politics. I've replaced the north and south sides at...

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