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Matter of Opinion archive for Feb. 2008

MONDAY, FEB. 18, 2008

SATURDAY, FEB. 16, 2008

Pondering the political spectrum

Nothing's certain until it's official, but...McCain is looking relatively safe as the Republican nominee, and Obama is gaining something of an upperhand on the Democratic side. These are the two candidates who, from the beginning, have seemed less deeply rooted in partisan absolutism. McCain is...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 15, 2008

Medicare patients: Have you been denied service?

From our editorial today:Over the past seven years, Medicare reimbursements have been virtually flat while annual medical costs have doubled or tripled the rate of inflation. The squeeze on providers is contributing to a disturbing shortage of primary care physicians as the older ones retire...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 14, 2008

Keo Chronicles: Feb. 14, 1945

(Keo in front of her house near the corner of Monroe and Sinto on Spokane's North Side. Home is still there.)Iowa had a lovely dinner ready using her best china and linen. Everything went off just right -- a fine turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, string...

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Craig's long stance strategy

(AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Joe JaszewskiWe had a discussion, and some mild disagreement, in our morning editorial board about Larry Craig's strategy to overcome his bathroom scandal.I thought his "long-stance" strategy was brilliant. If his ultimate goal was to hang onto his Senate seat until...

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Letter: Clintons attract D.C. insiders

Hill and Bill Inc. continue to trumpet their lead among the so-called superdelegates, who aren't expected to subject themselves to the nitty-gritty of being elected through either caucuses or primaries. They got their place at the table by being part of the Washington, D.C., establishment....

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 13, 2008

The list of Idaho/Washington superdelegates

Thanks to our own Jim Camden whose story today explains who the superdelegates are voting for and some of the dilemmas they face. Here's the handy list he also provided. Washington superdelegates:Endorsing Sen. Hillary ClintonSen. Patty MurraySen. Maria CantwellRep. Norm DicksRep. Jay InsleeKing County Executive...

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Letter: Potholes

I sincerely hope that city administration and staff have learned their lesson concerning advance planning and accurate weather predictions for future winters and that pothole repairs are completed properly and ice is removed as quickly as possible. No excuses for poor planning or repairs.James W....

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TUESDAY, FEB. 12, 2008

Docs vs. Drug Company Reps

We had a group in today representing the Washington State Medical Association and the Spokane County Medical Association.They told us about the bills they are lobbying for in the state Legislature.One of the more interesting causes is their hope that pharmaceutical company reps won't be...

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Cougar Hunting: We're for it

(AP photo)From our editorial today.In 2004, the Legislature, at the behest of Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda.,...adopted a pilot project that allowed the use of dogs in five counties where cougars had become a public safety concern. Now that it has proved to be a success,...

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MONDAY, FEB. 11, 2008

The Drive at 5

Shlup, shlup, the dogas it laps upwatermakes intelligent music, restingnow and then to take breath in irregularmeasure. -- Denise Levertov's poem "Six Variations (Part III)TV or magazine reading or digging out storm drains? What's on your evening agenda?

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Snail Mail: It'll cost you

(AP photo)From the Associated Press:WASHINGTON — Mailing a letter will soon cost a penny more.The cost of a first-class stamp will rise to 42 cents starting May 12, the U.S. Postal Service said today.The price of the Forever stamp will go up at the same...

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Ryan Crocker: Back to Normalcy

(Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review)My Sunday column was about U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker's intention to move here with his wife about a year from now when he retires.He spent some time here in his childhood.Crocker seemed like a regular Spokane nice guy. Indeed,...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 8, 2008

Michelle Obama draws crowds

I was about 35 people away from making it in the doors of the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox. I got there 20 minutes before the alleged start time of Michelle Obama's presentation, but like many others I was denied admittance.Did anyone have a...

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TGIF loose thread

So we've got Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama today. Hip, hip, hooray for Spokane! I'm impressed with the positive nature of Clinton's and Obama's recent TV ads, in Washington anyway. There may be mudslinging, but I haven't seen much of it.That's what was crossing my...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 7, 2008

Letter: Washington primary

I did vote. I did write a statement that I am not a member of either party on the ballot. I did sign my ballot. I did mail in my ballot. But my vote will not be counted because I choose to be honest. --...

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To Dust: Ash Wednesday opinions

(AP photo)At noon, Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral in downtown Spokane was packed with people attending Ash Wednesday Mass. It's the beginning of Lent for many Christian faith traditions. And as the ashes are placed on the forehead, the line is uttered that says basically...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 5, 2008

Our view: Downtown update

Today's editorial urges the continuation of discussion on how to boost downtown vitality in Spokane. The last nine years have seen a lot of positive changes, but more could be in store.What would you like to see happen downtown?

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MONDAY, FEB. 4, 2008

What's in your rebate?

( AP file photo of minivan equipped with a microwave oven and washer/dryer)Our front page story Sunday included interviews with folks who said what they'd do with any economic stimulus rebate. Short answer: They'd spend it.Today, we got a press release from Consumer Credit Counseling...

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