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The Slice: Since nobody’s reading …

Here at The Slice, there is a tradition of recognizing that there are days when no one reads the paper.

And I like to note such occasions by offering up observations that might upset some subscribers if they were to actually look at the S-R on, say, Christmas Eve.

I get a few things off my chest and, since no one sees my musings on that day, no noses get bent out of shape. It’s a win-win.

So here goes.

1. My favorite Onion headline of 2009 was “Area Man Passionate Defender of What He Imagines Constitution to Be.”

2. Are rabidly anti-Catholic Zags fans practicing compartmentalization or full-blown denial?

3. Spokane progressives with a rosy vision of their political clout don’t seem to have noticed who Eastern Washington has been sending to Congress since Tom Foley got booted.

4. Be careful about letting the looming holiday make you light-headed. You might feel the urge to establish a rapprochement with a sworn enemy. That can be a mistake. Chances are, there are perfectly valid reasons why you dislike or don’t trust that person. Trying to move past that is apt to be an invitation to be reminded of just why you feel that way.

5. Nobody can rip certain content in the newspaper like a cluster of S-R staffers.

Some dumped felines get a second chance: A couple of my North Idaho friends, Marv and Janet Lake, rescued a starving mother cat and three gray kittens living under a logging slash pile near their camper site this fall. They kept all four.

“Since they were found on the old Milwaukee railroad grade, they all have railroad names,” said Janet.

There’s Millie (the mother) and her sons Grady, Tie and Caboose.

Today’s Slice question: Do you say hello to strangers more often at this time of year?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; fax (509) 459-5098; e-mail Some outfit that has Florine Vela on its mailing list sent her return-address stickers that say “Horine Vela.”

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