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THURSDAY, DEC. 16, 2010

Stark's Conviction Thrown Out

Read the latest re Stark, whose conviction was thrown out by the Court of Appeals. Spokane woman's Murder Conviction Thrown Out Wow! I can hardly believe this. Now Shellye L. Stark will get a new trial. How does this affect her boyfriend, Brian Moore, who…

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Poll to the Pollsters 12 

Here’s a question to all you avid election results watchers in Spokane County, Washington – Do you miss being able to go to the polls? I have been watching the Idaho blog (Huckleberries) with a little jealousy. They were able to go to the polls…

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TUESDAY, NOV. 2, 2010

Health, Happiness, and Hobbies 

Do you read? Write? Play Sudoku? Assemble jigsaw puzzles? Do you have a hobby that brings you joy or peace? Having a hobby is a huge stress relief activity. Some hobbies are multi-taskers. They benefit the person actually participating in whatever hobby it is, plus…

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SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2010

To Protect and To Serve 

Can the Spokane Police Department improve its image with billboard ads? I passed one today while traveling west on Trent. Two officers are pictured along with the following statement: "It's Our Community. We Stand Ready to Protect and Serve." How I hope that statement is…

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THURSDAY, OCT. 28, 2010

Mortgage Down the Drain? 

This is a switch in topics for Community Comment. Let's talk mortgage. Remember when your Dad told you that having a mortgage was better than renting. Remember how it used to be that if you rented, you were essentially just throwing your money down the…

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SUNDAY, OCT. 24, 2010

I Will Follow You 

I loved Jim Kershner’s article (Distinguished Woman Left Us A Legacy) about Frances Scott in Saturday’s Spokesman Review. (Click here to read article.)Frances Scott lived most of her influencial life here in Spokane. Mrs. Scott was the forerunner in equal rights for African-Americans. She passed…

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SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day 

As Father’s Day comes up in a few days, I am remembering my Dad, gone now for 17 years, which I find almost unreal, because memories of him are more like yesterday! Dad was my hero throughout my life, however, every now and then he…

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Is Excited Delirium Valid Excuse? 

I have been waiting for this for EVER. The cause of “excited delirium” will NOT be a viable excuse in the Otto Zehm case. High time. I have always felt that excited delirium was a lame justification for death by taser. In fact, I think…

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From the Headlines re Otto Zhem 

As I brought in the paper this morning, the first thing I see is the headline: "Zehm grand jury to hear evidence police changed testimony" (by Thomas Clouse). I first read about this incident, my initial thought was that something was fishy in the…

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MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010

Scott B. Lukins in 2006. (Handout Photo / Courtesy photo)

Scott B. Lukins, RIP

This morning, I learned that Scott B. Lukins, founding father of Lukins & Annis passed away Sunday. I was privileged and honored to have worked for the firm for the past 12 years. Mr. Lukins marked our hallways every day. A very elegant man, very…

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Happy Bloodletting 

Celebrating SixSix months ago today, I started dialysis. What I once thought about with dread has turned out to be a really simple ordinary routine that I go through three mornings a week. No fuss. No muss. I simply go to MY chair and sit…

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Poor Pitiful City Wants MORE of your Money! 

In this morning's paper, there is a little article entitled, "City fees jump for trash, other code violations," by Jonathan Brunt. It can also be found at City Council, Monday night, passed a series of ordinances that essentially impede on your privacy and on…

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THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2010

Dying To Hear You 

I am very interested in a proposal by State Sen. Tracey Eide, D-Federal Way, to make it a primary offense to talk on a cell phone held to your ear or to engage in text messaging while driving. ( think it is dangerous, if not…

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Dennis Solbrack, of Spokane’s Arrow Machinery, prepares John Deere equipment Monday for the Spokane Ag Expo and Pacific Northwest Farm Forum in the Group Health Pavilion of the Spokane Convention Center. (CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON)

My Kingdom for a Tractor! 

The Ag Show has started and that means one thing. Tractors!!! The tractors are here!!! I love tractors, especially John Deere. I want my own tractor, right here in my yard. I’ll use it, too, if for anything else but especially the sound.There is a…

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THURSDAY, JAN. 14, 2010

Big Brother May Be Watching More of You 

The Spokane County Assessor, Ralph Baker, is proposing having a series of high-resolution, low-altitude aerial photographs taken of YOUR property. That means, your back yard, the shed you built but didn't get a permit for, the garage that you added a work shop to, your…

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FRIDAY, DEC. 25, 2009


I love Christmas. I love Santa. I love decorated trees. I love all the lights and all the yard ornaments, the deer, the snow families, the giant lighted candy canes. It is all festive and exciting.. As a child, I would be breathless with anticipation.…

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SUNDAY, NOV. 29, 2009

Four Police Officers Ambushed and Killed

Breaking news in Lakewood, WA – four on-duty police officers were ambushed and killed at a popular coffee house in Parkland, Washington - The Forza Coffee Shop – located near McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma. The officers, three men and one women, were working…

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MONDAY, NOV. 23, 2009


Banderas Merlot, Anyone? 10 

Oooooo, Antonio Banderas AND Hotel AND wine! Can you beat this wonderful combo – oh, and add Madrid to the mix! Antonio, a hunky 49, has a vineyard in northern Spain and wants to build a hotel there. The 620-acre property, called Anta Banderas, is…

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MONDAY, NOV. 16, 2009

THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2009

Are you a minority? 

Spokane Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick is being pursued by law enforcement agencies all over the United States because she is a , , , , , minority. It is interesting to me that in the 21st Century, with all the wonders of science, all the…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 28, 2009

The Oxymoron of Duncan 

So, this just in from KREM - Convicted mass-murderer Joseph Duncan is competent to stand trial in the killing of a 10-year-old Southern California boy, Anthony Martinez, a jury has ruled.I am curious how a totally wacked out nutso like this creep can be anywhere…

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19, 2009

Mandatory Dorm Life? 

Here’s a thing for you to ponder. What do you think about the University of Idaho’s pending plan to have all freshmen live on campus? Associated Press - UI may make all freshmen live on-campusMOSCOW -- The University of Idaho wants to make all first-year…

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TUESDAY, AUG. 11, 2009

Eunice Kennedy Shriver, 88

President John F. Kennedy's sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who carried on the family's public service tradition by founding the Special Olympics and championing the rights of the mentally disabled, died early Tuesday surrounded by relatives at a Hyannis hospital. She was 88. (San Francisco Chronicle)…

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FRIDAY, AUG. 7, 2009

Mobius deal approved 11 

From great article written by the S-R's Jim Camden: The Spokane Park Board approved a 50-year contract Thursday with a group trying to put a science center on the north edge of Riverfront Park. Read more at: the Web: The Park Board’s contract with…

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Noodling is a new term. Have you heard it? It means to think upon, wonder about, share your thoughts, brain storm. So - what are you noodling todoay?~Jeanie~

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