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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2009

Wednesday's Loose Thread 

You know, the nearer your destination the more you're slip-sliding away. But enough about my adventure on the fog-shrouded roads.What's on your mind today, besides that Paul Simon song I just embedded into your brain.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 2009

MONDAY, JAN. 12, 2009

Don't report on wars, says reporter 27 

As you might have heard, Pajamas Media has sent Joe the Plumber to report in Israel. Joe tells the media there that he wants to return to yesteryear, when we got our war news from the movie theater reels (long after events had transpired.). Yeah,...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 9, 2009


Epic job losses; goodbye, P-I? 

The U.S. recorded the most job losses in 2008 than in any year since 1945. The jobless rate is now over 7 percent.Do you feel safe? What should be done?UPDATE: Looks like Seattle is about to become a one newspaper town. Wow, that's awful news...

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THURSDAY, JAN. 8, 2009

Cell phone ban has a hang-up 13 

We all see people flouting the cell-phone law as they drive. So do the police, but they can't act on that offense, because it is considered secondary. Solution? Make it primary. That's Our View.What's yours?

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Hibernation Blues

Every time I think I can write, I read something from someone like Timothy Egan, who works for the New York Times and lives in Seattle. Humbling.Here's his take on the weather (with a mention of Spokane) and his effort to ward off the gloom,...

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Thursday's Loose Thread 

Any Buffett fans here? No, not the long tables of warmed-over food. The drunk, Caribbean music. I recommend it during the winter. "Boat Drinks" is particularly apt:"This morning, I shot six holes in my freezer. I think I got cabin fever. Somebody sound the alarm."Later,"Boat...

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7, 2009

Wednesday Loose Thread 15 

Mr. Dumb Bombs jinxed it! Wrote about schools reopening, then they closed again. Back to typing in jammies until the child-care reinforcements arrive.How are you -- or your roof -- holding up? Have you had to climb up and shovel, like Mayor Verner?

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TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 2009

MONDAY, JAN. 5, 2009

No school today. Really? 17 

I'm a little surprised that so many schools are closed today. As of yesterday, it looked like Spokane Public Schools was set to open. Then Sheriff Knezovich advised against it. Then the overnight snow. Given the problems laid out by Knezovich -- high berms, poor...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2008

Pet peeves 

Smart Bombs was feeling peevish today about the language. Are there any cliches -- trendy or otherwise -- that you would like to see banished?

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Wednesday's Loose Thread 

Anyone heading downtown for the First Night celebration? We had planned to, but my son awoke with a fever. I'm going to miss it. Always fun. Pretty funny that the snowboarding exhibition was canceled because of too much snow.What's on your mind on this last...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 30, 2008


Tuesday's Loose Thread 63 

Corridors of snow. That's our neighborhood. The sidewalks are like World War I trenches. Remember that Tim Conway character who would shuffle around in slow motion. That's us. Hope you're staying safe and warm.What's on your mind today?

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MONDAY, DEC. 29, 2008

Monday's Loose Thread 11 

Well, I escaped the weather for a week, but not weather talk. Naturally, folks in Arizona were curious about all the snow, but it didn't take long to get back to talking about their weather. Might rain. Could dip into the 30s overnight. Might not...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17, 2008

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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