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Matter of Opinion

MONDAY, AUG. 20, 2007

A conversation between a colonel and a columnist

In my column this week, I shared highlights of a conversation and e-mail exchange I've had with Col. Darel Maxfield, who currently heads Besmaya Range Complex in Iraq.Ordinarily a social studies teacher at Ferris High School in Spokane, Maxfield now spends his days helping Iraqis...

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Wag Bags

Our editorial Saturday talked about the growing problem with human waste dumped on the sandy beaches of Lake Roosevelt.Clearly, visitors to Lake Roosevelt – last year there were 1.28 million of them – need a rapid education on the proper way to dispose of human...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 17, 2007

It's ballot time

Time is ticking away. Ballots in the Washington primary are due Aug. 21. Our candidate interviews in the Spokane City Council and mayoral races are posted just below.

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City Council District 1 and 2 interviews

The Spokesman-Review's candidate endorsement process includes several elements, including in some cases a face-to-face interview. We also examine candidates' Web sites and campaign materials, study their public records as reported in our own news columns, talk to other community members who have their own insights...

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The Theology of Elvis

If you haven't heard, yesterday was the 30th anniversary of Elvis' death.Theologians sometimes point out how in our increasingly secular culture, people crave ritual. So they finds ways (whether aware of it or not) to do ritual in secular life.The Elvis anniversary has religious overlays...

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TGIF Letter

A test of American progressBarack Obama appears extraordinarily intelligent, creative, innovative, charming and sincere: a man of tremendous leadership potential and American vision, sound in ideals and realistic in implementation. He is formed from a unique perspective fundamental to the American experience of hope, opportunity...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2007

Mining the mysteries of the city budget

In our editorial today, we asked city hall to help provide citizens with more opportunities, both online and on paper, to read easily digestible budget forecasts.You may read the editorial here: Our View: Decipherable dataWe'd also like to hear your thoughts on the city budget...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15, 2007

TUESDAY, AUG. 14, 2007

Sex offenders

I thought that would get your attention. Former Spokane County Prosecuting Attorney Don Brockett passed along this press release about a recent meeting in Portland.Portland, Oregon The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), meeting in Portland, Oregon this week, unanimously adopted a resolution calling on state...

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China's lethal toys

In today's editorial, we write about the myriad safety issues stemming from imports from China.Read the piece here: Made in ChinaAnd this morning, Mattel announced it's recalling about 9 million Chinese toys containing lead-based paint or small magnets that children may swallow. Here's that story:...

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MONDAY, AUG. 13, 2007

Leadership Lessons

Our six-month editorial board project Leadership Dialogues ended Sunday with a discussion with Spokane Symphony music director Eckart Preu.Doug Floyd, Colin Mulvany and I all enjoyed talking with our six dialoguers and we all came away with ah-ha! moments from the interviews in terms of...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 10, 2007

A letter to mull over this weekend

Could this idea work?ATM voting simple, secureAs of 2003, there were over 330,000 ATMs nationwide. There are a number of manufacturers, but in one manner or another, all of the machines are networked. Why should the government buy insecure, unproven touch-screen voting machines that don't...

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THURSDAY, AUG. 9, 2007

Jeopardy, anyone?

ANSWER (in the words of historian Barbara Tuchman): "They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind."QUESTION: That are _____________?Or, if riddles don't grab you, use this post as today's loose thread and let us know what you want to talk about.

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 8, 2007

City Council Endorsements

Thus far, The Spokesman-Review has published endorsements for the District 1 and District 2 primary contests for Spokane City Council.Thursday, it's District 3.Friday, it's the mayor's race.

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"Why Do They Hate Us?"

Interesting perspective from a Muslim writer.Excerpt:Part of the reason people abroad resent the United States is something Americans can do very little about: envy. The richest, most powerful country in the world attracts the jealousy of others in much the same way that the richest,...

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The beat goes on

Installment 2 of our endorsement series for the Aug. 21 primary deals with the City Council seat in District 2, essentially the south side of Spokane. You can link to it here and then share your comments.For what it's worth, a reader phoned yesterday, a...

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TUESDAY, AUG. 7, 2007

Head count -- Tuesday's loose thread

In the conclusion of her recent book, "The Idea That is America," Anne-Marie Slaughter, the dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton calls on Americans across the board to join in the debate about public policy issues."If two heads are better than one, then...

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MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2007

How much do they make?

Taxpayers foot the bill for public employees' salaries, which makes that information public. Louis Bloom, a resident on the west side of the state, has made it a hobby to compile that data and posted it at his Web site.School teachers. College professors. Police officers....

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Fred Fleming: Thinking Outside the Farm Plot

(Tech note: If you don't see the video prompt and big photo, refresh your computer and it should appear.)Spent an afternoon recently with Fred Fleming, a Reardan fourth-generation farmer who, along with a dozen other Palouse farmers, is pioneering ways to do sustainable no-till farming....

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FRIDAY, AUG. 3, 2007

Golden Pen: Blame Isn't A Solution

re: this letter appeared in today's Op-Ed sectionI am one of three pediatricians in Spokane who regularly provide expertise about child abuse. Dave Fregeau was one of the other two. He volunteered his time each week, providing medical consultations for a community review team charged...

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