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Matter of Opinion

FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2007

Loose thread

Here's your chance. If you can tear yourself away from what's supposed to be a pleasant weekend, post a comment here that raises issues you think people ought to be talking about.

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The trouble with Harry Reid ...

... is that he might be right about Iraq. The trouble with the debate about the war is that it's gotten sidetracked on whether it was appropriate or wise for the Senate majority leader to have said:"And as long as we follow the President's path...

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Do we have enough cops or not?

The Matrix report says the city of Spokane could stand to lose 10 police officers. In 2005, voters approved a temporary property tax increase to, among other things, forestall layoffs at the Police Department. Meanwhile, Mayor Hession says he will let that tax lapse.So, did...

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Today's letter

"If the argument against a scheduled withdrawal from Iraq is that the other side will simply wait us out before resuming their agenda, then it holds true that a scheduled surge will produce the same results." This is a favorite subject for letter writers, though...

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Letter for the day

"Many people have written letters questioning the appropriateness of Frank Knott’s use of the word ‘colored’; some defending and some criticizing. This is certainly an important but obviously divisive subject and so I think we would all like to see this issue resolved. Perhaps we...

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It's warming up and gas prices go up and up, too

Gas in stations along my morning commute on Northwest Boulevard in Spokane was selling for $2.94 a gallon today. Wow. And that was the cheapest stuff.In our editorial board meeting today with Gov. Chris Gregoire, she commented on the announcement of the state investigation into...

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Question: How Big of a House is Too Big?

Don Bartletti/Los Angeles TimesIn a Los Angeles Times article reprinted in The Spokesman-Review this morning, Sun Desert, Calif., neighbors expressed their outrage re: Duane Hagadone's $30M, 64,000sf home that interviews with the Santa Rosa Mountains view shed. What do you think about a home of...

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MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2007

Your turn

This is a thread for readers only. In it, we'd like to hear what subjects you would like for us to talk about or write about.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2007

A lesson in race relations

Shortly after the killing spree at Virginia Tech, Sen. Paul Shinn, a soft-spoken and respected member of the Washington Legislature, rose on the Senate floor in Olympia. He wanted to tell his colleagues how painful it was to him to learn that a fellow Korean...

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How safe is your child?

The fact box in today's editorial on how safe your child is against sexual abuse while outside the home -- for instance during school activities or in church and community groups -- referred readers to a safety checklist for children and adolescents. Parents answer yes...

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WSU visitors

One of the more interesting things about working on an editorial board is we get to meet people doing interesting things in the world.Today, retiring WSU president V. Lane Rawlins came in with the man who is replacing him, Elson Floyd.Our 40-minute conversation covered a...

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Current Events Quiz

NPR had a story the other day on how the profusion of media hasn't meant an increase in awareness of current events. The Pew people polled folks in 1989 and in 2007. Asked them the same questions.People aren't any better informed now than they were...

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