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Matter of Opinion archive for Jan. 1, 2008


Letter: Planned Parenthood and federal funding

On Saturday we printed a letter from Leonard Johnson regarding Baby Nevaeh and her mother's boyfriend:Planned Parenthood, our nation's leading abortion purveyor and profiteer, has an effective pre-emptive remedy for children in risk of being harmed by their mothers' rotating companions: Kill it in utero....

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MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2008

Our view: Death reviews

(S-R file photo of Nevaeh Miller, courtesy of Monica O'Neall)Today's editorial cites the poor reasoning and hypocrisy of Idaho lawmakers for killing a child death review bill in committee. Examples like the recent case of baby Nevaeh show exactly way reviews like this must take...

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Weekend editorials: Care to comment?

In Coeur d'Alene, a plan is in the works for building a dog park and adjacent improved Humane Society shelter. We think it's a sign that Coeur d'Alene is movin' on up.(My favorite subtle wordplay of this weekend's edits? "Embarking.")On the other side of Spokane,...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2008

How about those young people!

(Disclosure: My son is one of the peer leaders at Moran Prairie Elementary School, a group that was among the honorees. It's the main reason I'm posting this. So there.)The Chase Youth Commission doled out its annual awards last night for student achievement in the...

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It takes all kinds

The following two messages were received on successive days this week from loyal readers who exemplify how differently reasonable people can see issues -- or, in this case, columnists.As usual, your reactions are invited. Meanwhile, I'll notify both writers (whose names have been withheld) that...

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Cantwell could switch to Obama

That's what she told the editorial board of the Columbian in Vancouver.If he has the most delegates and states, then she says he should be the nominee. Barring a catastrophic campaign event, he will almost certainly have the lead when the primary season ends.Cantwell also...

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Dorm Living: Share your stories

(S-R file photo)Our editorial this morning talked about WSU's plan to build better dorms over the next 10 years, part of a national trend to upscale campus living. See Shawn Vestal's story.When I mention this dorm topic to people who lived in dorms long ago,...

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In your dreams

In an interview with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Hillary Clinton blamed her inaccurate claims of having been under sniper fire in Bosnia in 1996 on being "sleep-deprived."This from the woman who thinks she should be the one answering the red phone when it rings at 3...

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strange bedfellows

The Supreme Court issued a 6-3 ruling today that the president can't require the state of Texas to comply with an international agreement governing a murder defendant's access to Mexican diplomatic officials. Chief Justice John Roberts, a Bush appointee, wrote the majority opinion. That's not...

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Tuesday's Loose Thread

Another day of campaigning, another candidate backpedaling from a comment. This time, it's Hillary Clinton (well, it was her turn) who exaggerated an account of her landing at an airport in Bosnia. No she didn't have to duck bullets to get to a waiting car....

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MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2008

McMorris Rodgers' visit: Get 'er done!

(A1C Lindsey Vulich places a pitot tube on a 50-year-old KC-135 tanker at Fairchild Air Force Base. Photo by Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review.)In our editorial March 4 we had a lot to say about the Pentagon’s surprising choice of Northrop Grumman and a European partner to...

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Smart Bombs: Parties and politics

1. Political parties in Washington state killed the blanket primary. Now they're faced with a system they might hate even more. You would cry, too, if it happened to you. But I don't feel sorry for them.2. When political campaigns turn into a daily Accuracy...

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Oregon Death Trends: Response

The Coalition Against Assisted Suicide sent out an analysis of the latest Oregon Death with Dignity numbers. (See post above.) They said there are some "alarming trends."Here's what they found:Not one patient was referred for psychological evaluation - highlighting that mental health evaluation isn't required...

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Our View: Weekend editorials

1. Mayor Verner should not accept a watered-down version of police oversight. 2. Can Spokane Public Schools adapt to new challenges with the same team and same way of thinking? Or will it reach beyond its comfort zone for new ideas?

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FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2008

Friday's loose thread

Another week comes to a close. Many topics have been addressed, but many have been passed over. Here's your chance to serve up some leftovers for everyone to chew on over the weekend.

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Talking out of school

Today's Spokesman-Review reports on efforts that Spokane School District 81 has undertaken to market itself to reverse the enrollment declines that have eaten into its numbers in recent years. Does it make you wonder why the tax-supported free public school system would have to do...

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Obama's speech on race

Below are two YouTubes on the issue of Obama and his pastor. The first one is Obama's speech on race (very long). The second one shows McCain defending Obama (short).Here is an article explaining what prompted the speech.Reactions?

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Party poopers

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the top-two primary system in Washington state. That means the top two finishers in a primary advance to the general, regardless of political affiliation. It means two people from the same party could face off.The Republican and Democratic parties fought...

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Sex crimes and statute of limitations

(File photo of Brockett by Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review.)Former Spokane County Prosecutor Don Brockett has been a tireless advocate for abused children these past several years, especially as it concerns children who were abused by Catholic priests. Again this legislative session, he lobbied for the elimination...

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MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2008

News news

The Project for Excellence in Journalism has released its report on the state of the news media. This link will take you straight to the newspaper segment, but there are others that deal with various media, including on line. It's a glum report as far...

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