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NY Times discovers the coal train issue

Always fun to see how other folks view Spokane. Here's the take of a New York Times writer who reported this week on the controversy over coal ports and coal trains expanding in the Northwest.

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Pacific Northwest’s sense of itself can sometimes seem green to the point of parody: a medium-roast blend of piney peaks and urban cool, populated by residents who look descended from lumberjacks or fishermen… .

Spokane grew up with the rattling of the rails as its theme song. As a transfer hub for freight and passenger service — four competing intercontinental lines once met on the edge of town — the city hitched its star to the idea of an America on the move. The graceful, filigreed architecture of downtown speaks to a moment around World War I when that economic chemistry reached its zenith.

But where the coastal areas around Seattle — a hotbed of energy-rail opposition — are largely liberal, Spokane is more conservative, and while the Puget Sound region has boomed in the post-recession years, Spokane has struggled. The unemployment rate here was 8.1 percent in June, according to federal figures, compared with 5.9 percent in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area.

Despite the somewhat condescending beginning and some over-reaching prose throughout, the story is an OK look at the controversy. Not great, but OK. And the photos, by former Spokesman-Review photojournalist and current local photographer Rajah Bose, are nice.

WSU in NYT: The Anti-Christ in politics

Not sure how often this happens, but over the weekend, a guest column by a Washington State University professor was featured in the New York Times.

Matthew Sutton, an associate professor of history at WSU, writes about the prospect that the apocalyptic beliefs of some fundamentalist Christians might help knock Barack Obama out of the White House and elect the GOP nominee.

It's called “Why the Anti-Christ Matters in Politics.”

It's an interesting premise, whether you ultimately believe it or not.

Try your hand at cutting the deficit

Think you can cut the federal deficit better than those bozos in Congress? Here’s your chance to do it…at least on paper.

The New York Times has a new budget game with a series of options for various cuts. You might notice that some of the most popular solutions, such as eliminating earmarks or instituting medical malpractice reform, don’t get you very far, but reductions to entitlements like Social Security and Medicare do.

Picture this: The Health Care Vote

The New York Times has a nice map that shows how members of Congress voted yesterday on the Health Care legislation.

As a sometime maker of political maps, Spin Control recommends it to those who enjoy visuals. Find it here:

Readings from elsewhere: NYT features Inland NW Tea Party movement

It’s always nice when other parts of the country notice us in the Inland Northwest, right?

OK, not always. The New York Times has a large story on the Tea Party Movement that prominently features folks from North Idaho and Eastern Washington. And by prominently, we mean from the first paragraph, right through to the last.

You can read it by clicking here. Feel free to click on the comment button above and let other readers know what you think.

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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