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The Slice archive for Jan. 1, 2011


The opposite of incognito

There are several good things about driving a company car or truck while on the job. But if those vehicles are adorned with a prominent business logo or a big sign naming your company, even those of us reasonably proud of our place of employment…

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Movie lines about dancing

"Hi, Paul," wrote Robyn Stevens. "I hope I'm not too late to submit a line from the immortal Groucho Marx in 'Duck Soup.'" Actually, she is too late. I deal with all that in tomorrow's print Slice. And if you didn't read Sunday's Slice and…

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Re: Tuesday's Slice column 6

A nice fellow named Paul Nolan called to say he endorsed the idea of putting an image of the late broadcaster Curt Gowdy on the Wyoming state flag (if the other 49 states were going to go with faces on their banners). Nolan grew up…

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Re: Tuesday's Slice column 5

"I love your list, although I must admit there are a few names I don't know," wrote Doris Woodward. "But mostly I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for suggesting that Maine use Joshua Chamberlain. He is my Number One favorite Civil…

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14, 2011

Just wondering 

So, OK, we have Spokane. We have Spokane Valley. And there used to be Spokane Falls. But what if someone wanted to establish a utopian village near here and use "Spokane" as the root for this new place's name. Well, other towns and cities in…

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Slice answer

How many times does something have to happen or how prevalent does a behavior have to be before it's appropriate to refer to it as "a Spokane thing"? "Twice on the National News," said Curt Olsen.

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Re: Today's Slice column 4

"There may be some virtue in avoiding the obvious, and I appreciate your point about how a complicating factor is that some people were born in other states than those with which they're legitimately identified," wrote Wayne Pomerleau. "Here are two cases in point: It…

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Re: Today's Slice column 3

Here's a note from Bill Ellis. "I enjoyed reading your list of nominees for state flags, but as a lifelong Oregonian, relocated to Spokane in 2006, I must comment on your choice for the Oregon flag. If you wanted a writer you needed either David…

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Re: Today's Slice column 2

One of my favorite transplanted Montanans weighed in on the state flags matter. "As much as I like Coop, why not shake it up a bit and put Jeannette Rankin on the flag," he wrote. "She was the first woman in Congress, elected from Montana…

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Re: Today's Slice column

"I like so many of your proposals," wrote Milt Nelson. "But as far as Oklahoma is concerned, while Woody Guthrie was surely a significant person, can there by ANYONE else than Will Rogers on the flag of the Sooner State?"

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Remodeling and relationships

"We bought our current house, which needed no remodeling, after living in a house that did," wrote Mike McKeehan. "I managed to improve the master bedroom and family room in the old house. But there was still much that Judy wanted done and which I…

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MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011

Spokane slugs dissed

"Having lived in Southwest Washington for 23 years, these slugs are nothing," wrote Mary S. Nelson, who works for the American Red Cross Inland Northwest Chapter. She remembers one slug-eradication tactic that was particularly effective. "Ducks," she said. "They love slugs." Of course, then you…

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