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The Slice

In almost every extended family, there is at least one idiot who delights in filling relatives’ e-mail in-boxes with time-wasting political “commentary.” Now, to the senders, these witless assaults on …


The Slice: A better way to cut newshole

Snip snip here, snip snip there. “Here’s a topic I don’t think you have asked about,” wrote Terri Ring of Spokane Valley. “Does anyone sit and read the paper with …


The Slice: Peanuts, get your %&/# peanuts

I haven’t been to confession in about 40 years. But back when I did go through that ritual on occasion, I didn’t have much to report. I was a child, …


The Slice: How much creative muscle can you flex?

Welcome to August. Let’s start with a seasonally flavored reader challenge.


The Slice: Cyclists ensure situation wasn’t so baaa-ad

Nancy Larson was driving from Republic to Tonasket when she saw a lamb with its head stuck in a wire fence. “He was fighting with all his will,” she wrote.


The Slice: Maybe we really can share the road

About 100 days ago, I expressed a fear that riding my bike to work this summer might sour me on Spokane because of inevitable encounters with careless or hostile drivers. …


The Slice

I’m a baby boomer, so I know a little about opera. That, of course, is because I watched Bugs Bunny.


The Slice: Looks like Aunt Bev to us

After consulting with page designer Ralph Walter – phone number (509) 459-5471 – I am declaring Cade McConnachie and Clare League to be the winners of The Slice’s Refrigerator Art …


The Slice: Some attempts to be wacky can lead to total brain freeze

Cris Yancey e-mailed a snapshot of a North Side fast-food place’s sign. It declared that peach pepperjack was back as shake of the month.


The Slice: Debate over Silverwood is pure gold

A lot of people around here enjoy water sports. And there are plenty of area residents who like camping.


The Slice: You could always build a tall fence

I hadn’t ever thought of human rights violations in terms of real estate. But then an e-mail arrived at Slice Headquarters from my friend Liz Cox.


The Slice: Reactions offer varying states of thought

So I met this nice guy named Louis. In the summer, he divides his time between Spokane and North Idaho.


The Slice

This is the time of year when kids learn about the truth-telling dynamics in other families. At least it used to be, back when children played outdoors.


The Slice: Encounter with the ‘Super, Natural’

Today is the anniversary of British Columbia joining the Canadian Confederation in 1871. To salute our neighbor to the north, The Slice interviewed the “Super, Natural” province. Here is a …


The Slice: In reality, rarely was there paradise by the dashboard light

Hey, kids! Your grandparents are liars.


The Slice: Rounding up the area’s lawn care gods

Many of us can name at least a few figures from Greek, Roman and Norse mythology. It’s not hard. Spokane has streets named after some of them.


The Slice: Don’t judge marmot by its lodge

People love to talk to me about marmots. I understand why, of course. It’s because I am the head of the nascent Marmot Lodge.


The Slice: No time like now to be offensive

According to my calculations, it is statistically unlikely that you are reading this. That’s because, if my figures are correct, 53.7 percent of Spokane area residents are away on vacation.


The Slice

This month marks the 25th anniversary of the release of “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” Take this true-or-false quiz to see how well you know that film spoof of the family road …


The Slice: Don’t be a dope while riding hills

The keys to pretending that you are in the Tour de France is to avoid having little kids pass you going up a hill or looking so beat while resting …


The Slice: Lost highway probably ruined his trip

It was a case of here today, gone today. To make way for a reroofing, a tree-trimmer had snipped a few limbs off a big maple draped over a one-story …


The Slice: A schedule for dog days of summer

Inspired by the uplifting debate about watering restrictions, I have come up with a proposal of my own. Beginning July 27, I will be asking that only specific breeds of …


Internet world often overpopulated with unreliable information

This might come as a shock to some who worship the Internet. But not all information encountered online is reliable.


Not exactly a first-class maneuver

Maybe I’m wrong. But it strikes me that the penny-pinching ways of many Spokane area residents have left some others who aren’t quite so cheap with the wrong impression.


Oh baby … what a wild winter

It will be several months before we get the final tally on last winter’s “stay indoors” implications for the local birth rate. If you catch my drift.


One bad thought deserves a dozen more

Many of us know people who believe that envisioning worst-case scenarios is one way to prevent them from happening. That kind of magical thinking can really get a workout during …


‘Born to be Dad’ has a nice ring to it

We’re just a day away from Father’s Day Eve. And it occurs to me that what this weekend’s special occasion really needs is a rousing Father’s Day song.


The weather? We’ve got the answers

At some point, everything that can be said about the weather has already been uttered countless times. So, when faced with yet another invitation to mumble the same old inanities, …


Look, it’s all over town

Let’s start with a few suggestions for a locally themed motto for the S-R. “Covers the Inland Northwest like Pine Pollen in June.” — Gary Polser


On a quest to flush out answers

The biggest cultural divide in our area isn’t between Republicans and Democrats, Washingtonians and Idahoans or even personal-watercraft riders and people who can read. It’s between those who have septic …