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Front Porch: Word(s) of the Year for 2022

At the end of each year assorted dictionaries and language societies announce words or phrases that define that year, and I find it my pleasure (sometimes) and duty (always) to provide an annual brief report, focusing on the words that I find most intriguing …
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Sue Lani Madsen: Twitter storms open floodgates to free speech

In the Age of Information, Twitter became a source of misinformation more than the free-speech zone it aspired to be. That changed when Elon Musk bought the company. Free speech runneth over like a sunny Sunday afternoon at Hyde Park’s famous Speaker’s Corner. Twitter is now hosting lively threads with formerly suppressed news on Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings, COVID medical debates and Gov. Inslee’s ongoing COVID vaccine mandate for state workers.

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Spin Control: Can’t play in any reindeer games? Try our annual Christmas trivia quiz

According to the song, it's the most wonderful time of the year . . .unless one is writing a political column because no one wants to read about politics at Christmas. At a time when lions can lie down with lambs, one can always hope that MAGA Republicans could share a cup of eggnog with liberal progressives and Spokane City Councilmembers might go caroling in Camp Hope with Mayor Nadine Woodward.To stay completely away from anything political, Spin Control offers up its annual 12 Trivias of Christmas quiz for readers to test their yuletide knowledge as they gather with friends and family.
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Sue Lani Madsen: ‘Tis the season of anticipation

Before the Elf on the Shelf. Before the stories of Santa Claus, Rudolph and his red nose, flying carbon-neutral sleighs and leaving presents under the tree. Before the commercial hype and the unrealistic expectations of a perfect photo in a perfect setting with perfectly behaved children – there was Advent. A season of anticipation of the arrival of the Prince of Peace.
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Front Porch: COVID, the gift no one wants

This is the first holiday season when things have started feeling normal(ish) again. Getting caught up in the shopping, decorating, parties, going out to concerts and all the merriment we’ve missed these past two years. How nice it’s been to pretty much breathe freely again.

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