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Matter of Opinion


Where's the Rain?

Memories about childhood weather gets compressed, a memory expert told me once when I did a story on how it seemed that our winters in my childhood here were so much snowier and our summers not so hot. You remember the extremes, he told me,...

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Free Floating Anxiety: A World View

Two inside pages of our main section today were filled with national and international news guaranteed to give you the whimwhams.There was a report on the Muslim men allegedly behind the car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow. And another story on Iran training Hezbollah...

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Mowing into the Future

From our editorial today:The Inland Northwest's traditional "lawn culture" – lots of green grass covering most of a household's entire lot – is undergoing a change, and this change will become even more obvious in coming years. Water conservation, for instance, will likely become mandatory.Lawns...

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MONDAY, JULY 2, 2007

Libby Scoots Free

Some breaking news from Bush commuted the sentence of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby on Monday, sparing him from a 2 1/2-year prison term that Bush said was excessive. Bush's move came hours after a federal appeals panel ruled Libby could...

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Bringing "Sicko" home

In a column on yesterday's Opinion page, I asked readers to weigh in on their health care coverage.Read the column here: Is the doctor in? Let me knowIn your experience, have you found that health care insurance companies sometimes deny claims simply to confound the...

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SUNDAY, JULY 1, 2007


Saturday's "Our view"

Today's editorial notes that Idaho Gov. Butch Otter's appointment of a new state Supreme Court justice effectively leaves voters out of the process. Read it and let us know how you feel.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2007

Here's your chance

What's that on your shoulder? Looks like a loose thread -- I'll get it. OK, you get it.Get it?(Translation: Respond to this post to bring up your own topic for discussion.)

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Be Careful Out There, Take Two

Our edit board this week discussed car accidents, as part of our discussion about today's editorial touting the value of slower speed limits near parks and playgrounds.Two of us were in minor traffic accidents recently and we all have little ones in our lives who...

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Still trying harder

Spokane's the second-largest city in the state with a narrow lead over Tacoma, according to new U.S. Census figures.Read story here: We're No. 2.So what conclusions do you draw about our collective self esteem?

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The "Avoid D.C. Tour" continues

Despite the memory lapses evident in his congressional testimony, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales remembered to show up in Spokane today to tout an anti-gang initiative.Question: If you were in charge of an important project, would you want Gonzales speaking on its behalf?UPDATE: Two protesters arrested.

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Wednesday's Loose Thread

“A civilization in which there is not a continuous controversy about important issues is on the way to totalitarianism and death” -- Robert Maynard HutchinsUse it or lose it.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2007

Whiskerino Days

At our morning editorial board meetings, we discuss serious stuff, of course, but often our conversations veer into unexpected, lighter topics. Yesterday, I told my colleagues about my husband accidentally shaving off part of his beard which led to his story about his father being...

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That's the ticket

In Our View, it makes sense for the Police Department to ditch the traditional wool uniforms for comfy, practical jumpers jumpsuits.If nothing else, officers might be more cheerful as they write up that infraction. And with the new cell-phone laws, they'll need help keeping cool.(S-R...

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MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2007


Weekend editorials for your review

A federal agency shows a distinct lack of cooperation with a U.S. senator. Is it just their own political battle, or should the public at large be concerned? Read Saturday's "Our view" and share your own thoughts.And from Sunday, there's one comment on the issue...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2007

Secret ballots and the history of voting

A recent release from U.S. Sen. Larry Craig's office contains a questionable comment:The Democratic leadership in Congress is pushing through a measure to eliminate secret ballots. Yes, you heard me right - the very foundation of our system of government is being shaken up by...

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Newsday photoFor those who follow the Supreme Court and appreciate an occasional peek at its inner workings, here's a column that's worth a few minutes of your attention. Bottom line: Look for Ruth Bader Ginsburg to lead the liberal wing of the Roberts court into...

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Letters ledger

The report is in. It may be surprising for some, or it may not for others. We'll continue to keep watch on the numbers in the coming months.The question is, does this information help more people participate in the printed forum that is the Roundtable...

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Loo's thread 6/21/7

OK, without being indelicate here, we all know the place that affords a few minutes of quiet reflection and allows us to do some of our best thinking. We're trying to make "A Matter of Opinion" another one. What would you like to share?

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Question: Should This Woman Go Back to Prison?

Item: Mom faces prison: Woman given probation had baby, then appeals court overruled judge/Taryn Brodwater, Spokesman-ReviewKathy Plonka, Spokesman-Review"I'm going to miss so many firsts, " said Kendra Goodrick as she held her 9-week-old son Jameson at her home in Hayden Monday.Goodrick, 29, said she never...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2007

Man's connection to global warming

Casey King has asked the question that is at the center of the global warming issue. Hardly anyone disputes that the Earth is warming, but is man to blame?The scientific consensus is yes, but how do they know?The short answer: They know the difference between...

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