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The Slice: Here’s an idea: Give us one

Here’s how you can win two tickets to Friday’s Gonzaga University men’s basketball game against Southern Utah.

Offer a suggestion.

About what? Well, that’s up to you.

You could propose a step that would make Spokane safer for pedestrians. You might suggest a new hairstyle for a local TV news anchor. You could recommend a change in the way prospective police officers are screened. Or maybe nominate someone the newspaper should write about.

You decide. But the idea you slip into The Slice suggestion box needs to be expressed in one sentence. And if you want to win, you will address something other than politics. Failure to adhere to that guidance will force me to paraphrase the Soup Nazi from “Seinfeld”: “No tickets for you.”

Please don’t write “I suggest you give the tickets to me.”

You’ll need to tell me your real name and pass along your daytime phone number. Also, this will be a pretty quick turnaround. So you or a verifiable proxy needs to be able to come to the Review Tower and pick up the tickets.

The entry deadline is 10 a.m. Tuesday. I’ll notify the winner later that day.

A sampling of finalists will appear in Thursday’s Slice column.

Email is your best bet. But if you enter via a phone message, be sure to spell both your first and last name.

Good luck.

Money for nothing: “The other night, two darlings from the local middle school fluttered up to my door seeking donations for their school’s field trips,” wrote Ann Winkler.

She asked them where they would be going on these outings. The kids mentioned Silverwood and a couple other places not always associated with rigorous academic expectations.

Winkler, who described herself as a passive-aggressive home school mom who used to be a math teacher, decided to make the kids earn their money.

She asked them a few questions that involved dividing fractions.

The giggling fundraisers flunked. So Winkler conducted a brief tutorial and then gave them $5. “We parted on pleasant terms,” she wrote.

Warm-up question: Does living with preschoolers necessarily mean that eventually everything in your home will be sticky?

Today’s Slice question: Could you date someone who does not share your politics?

Write The Slice at P.O. Box 2160, Spokane, WA 99210; call (509) 459-5470; email Tom Wolfe probably isn’t going to set a novel in Spokane.

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