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Matter of Opinion archive for Sept. 2008

TUESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2008

MONDAY, SEPT. 29, 2008

Loose lips

Joe Biden, D-Gaffe, has plenty of Democrats n-n-nervous about his propensity for wandering off message and saying some loopy things.Here's some examples:My favorite:"When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of...

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Loose Thread Monday

We're headed into election endorsement season full boat, full swing, full steam ahead. Block those metaphors! Anyway, blog lines are open this morning, and we are, too.

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 26, 2008

Maybe Obama should skip the debate

After all, McCain has already won.They probably did that ad before McCain suspended the campaign to help hammer out an economic rescue deal, which hasn't been done yet.Thought he was going to stay put until that happened? You know, Country First. Now he's resuming campaigning?Help...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 25, 2008


Today's homework

The Spokane School Board has identified six finalists for a board vacancy. This story lists them and includes the following passage: The board has announced that it will go into executive session following Tuesday’s interviews, then will reconvene the public meeting to select a replacement...

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Anyone else get this email on the bailout?

American:I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship with atransfer of funds of great magnitude.I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country has hadcrisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of 800...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 23, 2008

Dead man walking (aka a pedestrian)

A story now posted on The Spokesman-review Web site reports that Spokane police issued 52 citations over a 1 1/2-hour period -- more than a citation every two minutes -- while conducting an emphasis patrol in the Gonzaga University neighborhood. Thirty-five of the tickets were...

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MONDAY, SEPT. 22, 2008

Election letters: Thumbs up or down?

We've had a moderate amount of feedback about our letters page of late, which features mostly election-related and mostly Obama and McCain-related material, because that's what we have. A couple of readers have asked if we could please move on -- but more than that...

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Cinderella Complex: No More?

In my Sunday column, I traced how far women have come since 1980, in my opinion and experience.As I was finishing the column Thursday, I recounted the history with Gonzaga University students who were born in 1987, 1988 and 1989. I asked if it sounded...

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Smart Bombs: Private lives. Public office

Are the family lives of politicians a factor for you as a voter? Do you respond positively when you see those smiling faces on TV, mailers and billboards? Should the media accept the family narrative put out by campaigns, or report things the candidates would...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 19, 2008

Coming to a theater near you?

A documentary about Tim Eyman is being touted by Tim Eyman. But his battles are not about Tim Eyman, who is the star of the movie. No, it's about you ... filtered through the lens of Tim Eyman. That's why you're not in the title,...

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Loose Thread Friday: Indian Summer

Wanted to do a riff this morning on Indian summer, considering the forecast of highs in the 80s today and then, the temperatures decrease.Google Indian Summer and find a harvest of good stuff, including the debate whether this kind of weather even qualifies. Does it...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 18, 2008

Keo Chronicles: Sept. 18, 1945

Emeline kept her appointment to see Dr. Hartlin about her eye. She was there in his office two hours or more. He examined it again, said there was some change. Seemed to be in another, smaller spot. He called in Dr. De Ruth and together...

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The Power of Misinformation

This study calls into question the work of journalists. It finds that when liberals and conservatives consume misinformation, it intensifies their feelings about an issue. Hardly earth-shaking.But when people are presented with refutations of the misinformation they become more convinced than ever. That is, they're...

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Loose Thread Thursday

Good morning!Feeling discouraged about the future because of all the bad financial news?Here's a video that will cheer you up. The boy's name is Dalton Sherman. He's a Dallas fifth-grader who addressed a convention of teachers recently.Be wowed. And thanks to Mary Ann Murphy of...

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Keo Chronicles: Sept. 18, 1945

I was threatened with a cold and touch of a sore throat. Stayed inside all day and used lots of honey in my throat.What strikes me about this entry is how everyone has personal cold remedies. Always did. Always will. What's yours?

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E-Litter Recycling

From today's editorial:In the hit TV show "Madmen" -- which takes place in 1962 -- the main character, Don Draper, and his family go on a picnic. As they finish, Don pitches his empty beer bottle into the distance while his wife shakes out paper...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2008

Drive at 5

Beautiful sunny day. Lots of people walking. Soaking up the last rays.Enjoy your drive home. Of if you are among the lucky, walk or bike home or be home already.More and more tomorrow.

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Affordable Housing: How much is too much?

(Spokesman-Review file photo by Rajah Bose)From our editorial today about the proposed "rescue" of the Martindale apartment building in Hillyard.It is noteworthy, then, that a plan is in the works to reclaim the Martindale. Northeast Washington Housing Solutions – the Spokane County housing authority –...

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Loose Thread Tuesday: The Monkees

Our 10 a.m. editorial board meetings often begin with discussions of very weighty matters, such as memories of The Monkees, a singing/TV sensation from the mid-1960s.We don't often need to explain to Lynn, our youngest editorial page member, about these cultural allusions. She's an old...

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