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Mon., April 22, 2013, 1:25 p.m.

Latest reason I miss the baby names

Remember a few years ago when the Spokane hospitals got paranoid about releasing the names of newborns?

The hospitals said they wanted to prevent kidnappings or something like that. (There was never any evidence to suggest that they were, in fact, reacting to hearing from irate parents livid about newspaper columnists making fun of the latest variation on Duhkotah.)

It seemed like a solution in search of a problem.

But it's tough to be the one supposedly saying "No, we don't care about keeping kids safe." 

So even though the SR could have fought the withholding of the names using a potent public-records argument, the newspaper chose not to do so.

At least that's my understanding of how it all went down.

Anyway, I think we all miss seeing the insane names parents saddle their kids with. But I'm especially sorry we don't print the lists right now. I'm curious to know how many children are being named "Daenerys" after the compelling "Game of Thrones" character.

If you thought Mary Richards had spunk, you ought to see this young lady in action.

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