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Matter of Opinion Gary Crooks

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2009

THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2009

TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2009

Wednesday's Loose Thread 97 

The unemployment rate has doubled in a year. It's 9.2 percent in Washington and 12.1 percent in Oregon. If that's a solution, we should be well on the way to recovery.Stay busy by posting here.

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Tea parties -- anyone going? 28 

Tax-and-spend protests are scheduled across the state on Wednesday. There will also be a rally at the Capitol. The Spokane party will be outside the Convention Center. Here is the forecast -- not that a chance of rain should stop a revolution.Anyone going?

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MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2009

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Thursday's Loose Thread 29 

The GOP has released a more detailed federal budget proposal. Mounting deficits in that one, too ($6 trillion in borrowing over 10 years). Yes, those deficits are smaller than Obama's, but to accomplish that the government would have to slash health and welfare programs in...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2009

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FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2009

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Olsen, Pete and prayers 19 

Last night, Mayor Mary Verner and Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick attended a prayer circle held by the Native American community in the aftermath of the Pete-Olsen verdict. Tim Connor wrote this account for the Center For JusticeReactions? .

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Thursday's Loose Thread 

Let's talk sports jargon annoyances. For years, "scoring" was sufficient, but in recent years it has morphed into "score the ball." As in, "Austin Daye can really score the ball." Sounds like an ill-advised move by in a woodshop.What are are your baskeball pet peeves?...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2009

Did Dodd do it? 33 

A lot of confusing information and incorrect assertions in the AIG bonus controversy. Here's a timely review of the facts by factcheck.org.In short, Dodd looks to be telling the truth.

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18, 2009

Wednesday's Loose Thread 15 

It's March Madness! There's a basketball tournament going on, too. So, I'm having lunch with colleagues at "an area restaurant" when a server deposits the soup in my lap. It was egg drop soup. You just can't make this stuff up.Comment on the madness of...

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TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2009

Tuesday's Loose Thread 72 

Trying to think of an act more ill-advised than those officers celebrating Olsen's acquittal. Stumped.Your thoughts on this or St. Patrick's Day and President O'Bama or anything else?

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FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2009

Officer Olsen not guilty 135 

That's what the jury said. Because the jury determined the shooting was in self-defense, Olsen’s attorney is entitled to seek payment for his legal fees, and Olsen can seek back payment of his police wages.Discuss.

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Gary Crooks
Gary Crooks joined The Spokesman-Review in 1997. He is editor of the Opinion section and a member of the Editorial Board.

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