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Matter of Opinion archive for Jan. 1, 2008

MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2008


FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2008

The Weekend Drive

Well, my week as blogmeister is just about over. It's been a great week. Special thanks to those who participated in the "Acquit all drug users?" post below. We're at 47 comments now and counting. Feel free to keep up the commentary over the weekend…

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Keo Chronicles: March 14, 1945

(Charles "Fred" Cowan, Keo's brother-in-law.)In afternoon, had a temperature of 100 and ached all over, especially head and back. I knew that the trip was off for me. When Io was told about it, she said she didn't think they could go, either. She immediately…

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The Drive at 5

It's raining.No snow.Are we officially into early spring now? Spokane early spring: Rain, mud, hope for the buds just teasing us on the trees.Be careful out there on the drive home. If you're already home, be careful, too.More of everything tomorrow.

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Keo Chronicles: March 13, 1945

(Keo's childhood home, located just east of the intersection of Maxwell and Monroe streets in North Spokane.)E. softened the water -- so she could wash her hair. I suggested I use the hot water in the tank (to get it down to the soft water)…

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What about Chico's human victims?

(The Monday morning protest against the euthanizing of Chico the monkey. Photo by RAJAH BOSE/The Spokesman-Review)We stressed the health of the human beings in our editorial today.Let us begin with a moment of silence for Chico, the South Hill monkey euthanized Monday. Now let us…

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Keo Chronicles: March 12, 1945

(Keo is pictured here with her sisters and mother, probably in the 1920s. She is second from the left.)Still getting ready (for Seattle trip). Took my fur coat over to 1008 (her sister's house) and stored away. I brought suitcase back.In 1945, no one thought…

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Freedom of Speech: Not always eloquent

In our editorial today, we explained why Rep. John Ahern of Spokane has a free speech right to put his foot in his mouth.The seven young people representing Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest traveled to Olympia for a firsthand lesson in civics. They came…

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Otto Zehm, two years after

On March 18, 2006, Otto Zehm had an encounter with several police officers at a convenience store. Two days later, he would die after never regaining consciousness.On Oct. 4, 2006, Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker announced that he didn't have enough evidence to charge any…

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No firestorm of controversy this time?

(S-R file photo by Jesse Tinsley)Our edit today applauds a compromise on field burning in Idaho.The overall compromise, which was guided by a mediator, was the product of a six-month effort by farming interests and health advocates. Before that, field burning had been halted by…

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MONDAY, MARCH 10, 2008

The Drive at 4:20

This time change thing. Man oh man.People seemed a little on edge every where I went today. Anyone else notice?Doing the "Drive at 5" post 40 minutes early. Time clock is off and really, our bodies think it is actually 3:20!Be extra careful driving out…

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Smart Bombs: Politics refueled

The politics surrounding Boeing's failed bid to build the next generation of refueling tankers is interesting, according to well, me.Excerpt: U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel, a Democrat from Illinois, where Boeing is headquartered, brought presidential politics into play: "We are sending the jobs overseas, all because…

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A pair of Sunday edits

From the first Sunday edit:The Washington Supreme Court decided unanimously and wisely against giving its immediate attention to Senate Majority Leader Lisa Brown's legal challenge to a couple of tax-restricting initiatives on the state's law books. That gives us a little time to reflect on…

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Loose Thread Monday: Yawn!

One of the challenges of being a long-lived journalist (and by the way, we're an endangered species these days) is that you begin to see a lot of repeat stories.I remember 25 years or so ago proposing a story about how whacky everyone is the…

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Letter: Congress has better things to do

Is it just me or is anyone else wondering why our lawmakers are spending so much time discussing football ("Cable discriminates, NFL says," March 6) and steroid use in baseball? Call me crazy, but I think they should be talking about – oh, I don't…

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The drive at almost 5

Well, folks, we've had an interesting few days here, talking about political language and government's role in controlling behavior and the possibility of other woman candidates in the near future rising to tread the trail Hillary Clinton is now blazing.But if nobody brought up what…

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Field burning could resume

The Idaho Senate has just sent to Gov. Otter a bill that could allow for the resumption of field burning, which has been banned for over a year. Betsy Russell reports here.It carries new restrictions on air-quality cutoffs and disclosure of which fields are scheduled…

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Our view: Idaho's kids

Today's editorial exhorts Idaho to catch up to other states and instate basic protections for children by beefing up child death reviews and adopting basic regulations for small day care providers.Any thoughts?

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Our View: Pitch in on pool plan

The voters of Spokane have approved a $43 million bond by supermajority. For what? New pools and splash pads with free access for kids. Now we urge you to participate further; but don't worry. This time all you need to do is show up.The planning…

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'Socialized medicine' isn't working

The phrase, that is. A researcher found that this label employed by conservatives, the AMA and insurance lobby at various times in our history doesn't carry the negative connotation it once did.From the article:•Of the respondents, 67 percent said they understood what "socialized medicine" meant.…

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Editorial and letter: Boeing v. Airbus

Today's editorial cautions against hasty condemnation of the Air Force's decision to give Northrop Grumman and Airbus the contract for its new tankers rather than Boeing, which, of course, has a major manufacturing facility in Everett, Wash.Most of the letters we've received on this subject…

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Monday's Loose Thread

Today's notable e-mail forward: Old aunts used to come up to me at weddings, poke me in the ribs and cackle, telling me, "You're next." They stopped after I started doing the same thing to them at funerals.What's on your agenda today?

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