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A Matter Of Opinion archive for Feb. 2011

MONDAY, FEB. 28, 2011

Feb. 28 week thread 33 

Guess it's going to blow in like a lion. Looking forward to a lamb-like exit. Interesting to see all of these freedom movements spring up without the help of the U.S. military. What's on your mind?

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THURSDAY, FEB. 24, 2011

Ten Years After 

Boeing wins the big air refueling tanker a decade after it was initially awarded it. Since Washington state came out on top, the process must've been pristine. :) U.S. Sen. Patty Murray hailed the decision as a victory for American workers. Well, not all of...

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Region's tax burden 

According to the Tax Foundation, Washington is 29th in the country when it comes to state and local tax burden. Idaho is 28th. Nationwide, these taxes fell, on average. We already know the federal burden is lower. Note that taxes have fallen more than income....

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TUESDAY, FEB. 22, 2011

State budgets/collective bargaining 21 

The budget battle taking place in The Cheddar State is whipping up a sharp divide nationwide on the issue of public employee pay and collective bargaining rights. Gov. Walker could accept union concessions and call it a victory, but he's angling for more. Meanwhile, here's...

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MONDAY, FEB. 21, 2011

MONDAY, FEB. 14, 2011

The Valentine's week thread 27 

Where is the love? House GOP is hammering out a spending plan. The president released his budget plan. Looks like both sides are waiting for the other to go first when it comes to addressing the big budget drivers: SS, Medicare, defense, tax rates.

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Keep your shirt on!

Sometimes the stupidity is just breathtaking. Rep. Chris Lee, R-N.Y., resigned from Congress after a report emerged that he had sent flirtatious e-mails, including one with a bare-chested photo of himself, to a woman he met on Craigslist. Lee is married and has a child.

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Once the smoke clears

Watching Spokane County commissioners Tuesday evening as they agreed to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors, I was struck by the fact that here you have three middle-aged male Republicans, all of whom avoided ever becoming smokers. That's a remarkable change from my...

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MONDAY, FEB. 7, 2011

FRIDAY, FEB. 4, 2011

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