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Matter of Opinion archive for May 2008

SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2008

FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2008

Obama and the Catholic Priest

Barack Obama's in trouble again for remarks a Catholic priest, Father Michael Pfleger, who is pastor of St. Sabina’s Catholic Church in Chicago but was doing a guest sermon stint at Obama's regular church. Read about the controversy here.But what fascinates me about the story…

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THURSDAY, MAY 29, 2008

Editorial: Vote responsibly

The League of Women Voters just celebrated its 60th anniversary and continues to educate the public on how to vote in an informed way. Some have fought hard to achieve and maintain the right to vote, and we owe them our educated and responsible choices.

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Chewie briefly dognapped

The bizarre twists never end when it comes to dog-fighting stories. In the case of Spokane's "Great Eight," the recent theft and recovery of three pit bulls for the alleged purpose of fighting has again brought attention to the problem of what to do with…

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Believe it or not

It might be appalling that 10 percent of Americans believe Barack Obama is a Muslim, despite all of the reports to the contrary. Guess those bogus e-mails have an effect.But when you consider what else Americans think, it starts to make sense. Ben Smith at…

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Low turnout, incumbent wins in Idaho

Looks like Rick Currie and Todd Tondee have overcome their challengers in the Idaho primaries for the Kootenai County Commission. S-R's Erica Curless reports here.Also, it looks like what everybody expected: Jim Risch and Larry LaRocco will clash to replace Larry Craig in November.Are you…

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TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2008

Falls View Pathway: Don't miss it

Thanks to a suggestion by my colleague Doug Floyd, I took a 10-minute Vitamin D walk from the S-R to the Falls View Pathway which you can pick up between City Hall and the fenced driveway next door. It's the best view yet of the…

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In case you missed them...

...letters to the editor are absent from their usual spot in the Tuesday Opinion section because our post-holiday layout schedule gave us one page instead of two. Letters will return on tomorrow's Roundtable page.

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SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2008

Share your story

Ilabelle Alderson, a veteran's widow, distributed flags to her neighbors last Memorial Day in honor of her husband. (S-R file photo)What are you doing to celebrate Memorial Day? Any family traditions honoring those who serve us in the military?

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FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2008

Friday's Loose Thread

I'm only going to tell you one more time: Go see the falls! Really recommend the view beneath Monroe Street Bridge (access on the north side). If you're like me -- and, gosh, don't you think you ought to be? -- you will stand with…

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THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2008

Ellen's world

John McCain went on Ellen DeGeneres' TV show today, and she brought up what she called "the elephant in the room." Following the California Supreme Court's ruling this week, she plans to get married this summer. McCain tried to navigate a polite way of saying…

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Thursday's Loose Thread

See the story about the Sacred Heart nurses who wore buttons that called for safe staffing? I was wondering how that would translate to other jobs and how the public might react.Airline pilot: "A nap would be great."Police officer: "Don't leave home. Period."Proctologist: "You're in…

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Initiative 297 (Hanford clean-up) tossed

UPDATE: Here is the S-R story.Back in 2004, we noted the possibility that this voter-approved measure to intervene in the clean-up of Hanford would be rejected by federal courts.That's what happened today, when the 9th Circuit said federal law pre-empts this one. Oh well, lots…

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Spokane River: Can the dams stop it?

S-R photo by Jesse TinsleyThat's the question I asked Bruce Howard, knower of all things dams for Avista Corp., and one of our River Dialogues experts.He e-mailed me some good information:The dams don't all hold water back. Only Post Falls and Long Lake actually "store"…

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Wednesday's Loose Thread

The local morning news shows were swamped with flood coverage. Watched for more than 30 minutes before they finally waded into elections results. You remember the election, right? Anyway, the reporters looked happy to do their out-in-the-elements reports.However, standing in a foot of water just…

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TUESDAY, MAY 20, 2008

Death and Dying Update

("Journey into death" illustration by Molly Quinn, artist, The Spokesman-Review)Press release from the Coalition Against Assited Suicide:State Senator Margarita Prentice (D-Renton) and a bipartisan group of legislators today urged voters not to sign Initiative 1000, the assisted suicide petition being circulated in Washington state. “This…

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MONDAY, MAY 19, 2008

Monday's loose thread

For my fellow throwbacks who still traipse to the polls each election day to deliver our ballots in person, tomorrow's the day. In Spokane County, at least.But even if that doesn't excite you, here's today's loose thread.

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"If they think that they're going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful, because that I find unacceptable -- the notion that you start attacking my wife or my family."--Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, today on ABC's "Good…

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SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2008

Fat chance

Saturday's editorial addresses steps for countering the trend toward obesity. Here's your opportunity to respond with your own views.

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FRIDAY, MAY 16, 2008

THURSDAY, MAY 15, 2008

Return with us now to yesteryear

As a grade schooler in the '50s, I took a couple of trips to San Francisco and Portland when he led his commercial art students there on extended field trips. Despite my provincial upbringing in a small southern Oregon town (where my friends and I…

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Thursday's editorial

Human rights warrior Tony Stewart will reveal today what his plans are after retiring from North Idaho College where he's been a faculty member for 38 years. Today's editorial salutes him.

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