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Matter of Opinion archive for Jan. 1, 2010

TUESDAY, DEC. 28, 2010

Say goodbye to 2010 66 

Last open thread of the year. Make it a good one. What will you miss? What are you happy to leave behind? Or you could chew on this topic. Mike Huckabee leads this poll of possible GOP candidates for president in 2012. 1. Huckabee. 2....

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 22, 2010

What's become of the merry old souls? 

As I was researching Expo '74 driver King Cole for today's editorial regarding his death, I got to wondering how he would have handled the task in today's polarized, government-is-the-enemy climate. He came to Spokane to work for a group of business leaders, the people...

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MONDAY, DEC. 20, 2010

Military lessons learned and relearned 59 

Tuesday's Opinion page will carry a clarification of Screenwriter David Freed's Sunday op-ed piece, which first ran in The Los Angeles Times, examined the thinking behind such military decorations as the Congressional Medal of Honor.In pointing out the influence individual commanders with personal biases have...

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MONDAY, DEC. 13, 2010

MONDAY, DEC. 6, 2010

Shovel ready 278 

I hear the lull in cold-weather precipitation is about over. Before you rush outside to catch the first flake, take a moment to share any loose-thread opinions that have been accumulating.

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Sheriff Joe's priorities reports that authorities in Maricopa County, Ariz., have raided some 40 workplaces in the past two years, looking for undocumented workers. Although Arizona reputedly has the nation's strictest laws against hiring illegal immigrants, fabled Sheriff Joe Arpaio's forces have arrested and charged scores of...

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MONDAY, NOV. 29, 2010

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 24, 2010

Thanksgiving through a partisan lens 24 

Hey, if "Dancing with the Stars" can be political, why not Thanksgiving!“Across the political spectrum, there’s a tendency to grab a hold of some historical incident and yoke it to a current agenda,” he said. “It doesn’t always mean there’s no connection, but often things...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 23, 2010

MONDAY, NOV. 15, 2010

TUESDAY, NOV. 9, 2010

MONDAY, NOV. 8, 2010

TUESDAY, NOV. 2, 2010

The Nov. 2 Thread 

Election thread below. Put your other thoughts on the topics of your choice here.Some possibilities.1. Wide loads on Highway 12.2. Cuts at City Hall.Oh, and Hummmmmmmmmmmmmm Babe! How about those Giants?

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Midterms today 76 

Put your Election Day thoughts here. Campaigning is over. Isn't the silence blissful? Just in case there are any recounts (in Washington state? C'mon!), here are the rules.

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FRIDAY, OCT. 29, 2010

2010 Election Endorsements 90 

To recap, here are the S-R endorsements. We didn't choose in every race. Uncontested races are not listed. To read the full editorials, click here. City of Spokane Proposition 1 (Children’s Initiative): No Spokane County District Court Judge, Position 6: Debra Hayes County Commissioner, District...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 26, 2010

Whoppers of Campaign 2010 10 has compiled a long list. Since Washington is a battleground state (U.S. Senate race), we've gotten to witness most of them.What do you consider to be the biggest whopper in a local, state or national race?

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MONDAY, OCT. 25, 2010

TUESDAY, OCT. 19, 2010

When will they ever learn? 28 

A wire story from today's S-R reports on a Pew Research Center study of polling. It seems that some polls rely on contacting people with land-line telephones and therefore may be missing a disproportionately Democratic part of the population who don't have land lines, using...

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MONDAY, OCT. 18, 2010

Campaign ads 

It's always about this time that I start to have second thoughts about the First Amendment. The campaign ads are flooding the waves, and it would appear that each race pits the Devil against Beelzebub. What's your choice for worst ad in a local race?

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TUESDAY, OCT. 12, 2010

Economy and deficit 413 

You've been elected to Congress. Congrats. Which problem to address first? 1. The economy, with stimulus measures such as tax cuts and/or spending increases or something else?2. Or the deficit, with austerity measures?Wouldn't addressing No. 1 impede progress on No. 2 ... and vice-versa?Discuss.

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MONDAY, OCT. 11, 2010

TUESDAY, OCT. 5, 2010

Science and politics meet again 47 

Global warming has become politicized, but did you know there's an alternative to the American Medical Association? The Louisville Courier-Journal reports that Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul belongs to a professional organization - billed as a conservative alternative to the American Medical Association –...

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MONDAY, OCT. 4, 2010

Religion Test 12 

Atheists and agnostics score highest. Maybe it's because they're not so tied up in one religion to be uninformed about others.Here are 15 questions.

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