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A glance at what Spokesman-Review bloggers have to say

End Notes

By Catherine Johnston

Oct. 12 – The young Pakistani girl Malala Yousufzai simply wants to go to school and become a doctor. She was shot earlier this week. An arrest has been made of a number of suspects. The girl has had one of two bullets removed from her body. She is on a ventilator and is listed in satisfactory condition.

While we bicker over the political debates, we forget that the privilege to do so is not universally shared. Many around the world are voicing their good thoughts and prayers for the survival of one amazing, brave teenage girl – who dared to speak her truth.


The Slice

By Paul Turner

Oct. 11 – In what movie bar would you hang out?

I think I’d pick “Butch’s” from “The Best Years of Our Lives.”

Of course, seeing as how it is set in the 1940s, cigarette smoke would be an issue.

Same goes for the place in “Harvey,” which would be another possibility.

Two that would not be high on my list are the bars in “Star Wars” and “Flashdance.”

And the George-Bailey-was-never-born version of the tavern in “It’s a Wonderful Life” seemed to attract a pretty easily amused clientele. I’d steer clear of that place, too.

Office Hours

By Tom Sowa

Oct. 12 – John Swiderski, the Deer Park businessman who started and recently had to shut down Mean Hamster Software, has taken a job in Seattle with an online gaming company.

We wrote about Swiderski and the Mean Hamster demise last month. In a world of apps, Mean Hamster got to the point where it wasn’t able to compete with much smaller or in many cases much larger software companies.

Swiderski has been hired to be “casino producer” for, a Seattle company that calls itself “the world’s largest virtual casino.”

Down to Earth

By Paul Dillon

Oct. 10 – Do you live in an apartment in the city? Then consider yourself a trend-setter. 

We’ve seen a growing trend toward Americans favoring communities with shorter commute times and more places to walk more than sprawling communities. 

It makes sense when the average American family spends more than 50 percent of their household budget on housing and transportation costs combined.  So now, a range of people from all income levels are looking to scale back as downtown and in-town housing has topped the list of hot markets. 


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