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Re: “Battle from Both Sides

So, what kind of distinction do you want? What I know about Nancy McLaughlin is that she holds very conservative values, but also has the experience and wisdom to get things done the right way. I grew up with her kids and I can tell you she is a woman of integrity, with the strength to stand up for what is right, and the endurance to continue to the end.
When it comes to the issues Kerns criticizes her for, specifically the tax increases for city council pay-raises and for the libraries, a little common sense goes a long way. Who can live independently for just $18,000 a year, especially if they have a family? The only people who can really afford to do so are wealthy business people who have residual income from either investments or from businesses they pay others to run for them. They might be great at making a profit but how in-touch are they with regular working-class citizens? Also, it's not like Nancy voted to raise her wage to $100,000 per year or some other ridiculous amount - $30,000 a year is less than I used to make as a lead nursing assistant!
As for raising taxes for the libraries - libraries are not just places where they keep books anymore. They provide much needed resources both for people in need and for our youth. Whenever I go to one of our city libraries the thing that really impresses me is seeing people applying for jobs and seeing young people doing online research. It may seem like everyone has a computer these days, but there are actually quite a lot that don't. Unfortunately, since it is practically impossible to apply for a job without one, this means the people who need a job the most do not have the ability to get one. Our libraries go a long way toward solving this dilemma by providing computer usage for free. This means that people who would be living off of our generosity and tax money will be able to have the dignity of becoming a productive member of society, which is good for all of us.
Kerns really has nothing on McLaughlin. She has the experience, wisdom and strength to do what's right; and I believe anyone with common sense should vote for her!

Posted by Jessica Anne Hengy on 07/30/2016 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Behind Locked Doors

I knew Alex for a long time he was smart witty and a loyal friend he will be missed

Matthew Hill

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Posted by Matt Hill on 07/30/2016 at 12:02 AM

Re: “Train Tax?

Our liberal lemming majority on Spokane City Council are at it again.....

Don't fix the potholes but save the elephants.....

This feel good legislation is going to cost the taxpayers another million dollars or two after WE LOSE in court.

Interstate commerce is really old, established law and the aforementioned ignorant left wing nuts are more than happy to waste our tax dollars fighting it.

What's sad is as they are grandstanding in attempts to further their own political careers at our expense like Jon Snyder did, these buffoons are surrounded by product made from oil and are are wearing it.

Such ignorance and hypocrisy is an embarrassment to themselves and the City of Spokane.....

10 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by WAKE-UP-Ds on 07/29/2016 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Train Tax?

The affected railroads will sue, arguing that the tax impermissibly burdens interstate commerce, which is the exclusive domain of the U.S. Congress pursuant to the Commerce Clause of the U.S. constitution. The taxpayer citizens will undoubtedly pay the cost of the litigation, which may be beyond the abilities of the City Attorney's office. The question is whether more attorneys' fees is the best allocation of limited tax revenues. Talk amongst yourselves.

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Posted by muddydog on 07/29/2016 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Calling for Help

Chris Parker called 911 to ask for help, but instead he was given a jail cell, restraints, and a Tazor gun ! It is implied that he deserved to die at the hands of police officers because he owed child support, and had injested some meth. Why didn't these police officers take him immediately to hospital since he was also diabetic and his mind was mentally confused? Couldn't criminal charges wait until his health had stabalized and he had detoxed a little bit? Spokane has a meth problem, but why weren't these cops out there on streets in the community looking for meth and drug DEALERS inside of trying use Chris Parker in some way to get an easy charge so they wouldn't have to do an even bigger job as law enforcers? These cops are the cause of Chris Parkers death both directly and indirectly and it is a shame that they get paid to commit murder!

Posted by kathleen Tsipras on 07/28/2016 at 10:50 PM

Re: “Train Tax?

If you can get on the internet to wank, "commonsense" then you can fact check. Oh but you didn't even try.

Coal dust is not good for you to breathe.
http://midwestenergynews.com/2013/02/20/research-finds-additional-harm-from-coal-dust-exposure/

Spokane is not the only community to consider additional restrictions on uncovered loads.


"Crude shipments have skyrocketed from 29,605 cars in 2010 to 493,126 in 2014"

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-oil-train-explosions-20150313-story.html

It doesn't take a genius "commonsense" to realize that shipping of vastly increased quantities of flammables results in increased accidents, fireballs, spills, and damage.

Bakken crude is more volatile. It can and does go boom.


as an aside, "commonsense" the level of hate for anything related to government threatens us all when wing nuts decide to derail a train to serve their murderous aims.

I hope this never happens. This is another reason for safety and vigilance.


Spokane has way more to lose than any energy company if a fireball burns in the heart of downtown and contaminates our water


http://www.nytimes.com/topic/subject/oil-spills?inline=nyt-classifier

And finally, don't spread lies about respirators and by implicit reasoning, black lung and fibrosis.

Maybe you've never seen anyone struggling to breath with respiratory disease, but I have. It is called suffocating to death.


http://www.npr.org/2012/07/09/156375910/black-lung-why-respirators-are-not-a-solution


http://scienceblogs.com/thepumphandle/2011/06/03/why-us-coal-miners-are-still-d/

I'd call you stupid, CS, but your level of ignorance and vitriol requires continued and regular maintenance.

Sad that this is how you've decided to put your "commonsense" to use.

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Posted by Wisdom on 07/28/2016 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Train Tax?

So proud of
n our city council for taking this action

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Posted by Terry Hill on 07/28/2016 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Battle from Both Sides

Nancy needs to go home. She has served her time on Spokane City Council without any real distinction.

Mumm needs to finish her term or better yet resign her seat and return to private the sector, forever. She has disgraced herself and her city.

Maybe she can seek a position at a non profit making sure people are in compliance with her legislation dealing with cruelty to Spokane elephants.......

This leaves Josh. Let's hope he can do a good job as a county commissioner or he is out in 4 years.

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Posted by Was Moses Lake, now Spokane Valley on 07/28/2016 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Train Tax?

What a Bunch of Progressive Idiots . Next City Council elections can't come soon enough !

Oil Trains are no danger, speed limits through Spokane. Of all the nasty things transported by train, oil is pretty far down the list of worries.

Coal ??? Seriously how stupid are Stuckart and Co or do they actually believe the Environmental Activist drivel they regurgitate. NO where does coal leap from trains into peoples yards, Coal is inert, Coal is harmless to the Spokane river as a matter of fact tons and tons of it were purposely dumped in river to cap heavy metal sediments. Coal dust from trains is such a non issue it is ridiculous the outrageously stupid claims of Environmentalist. It is loaded and sprayed with dust inhibitors, even underground coal miners don't have to wear DUST Masks or respirators.... coal dust is so dangerous.....

Hopefully Spokane voters won't be duped by the morons behind this dumb initiative.

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Posted by CommonSense on 07/28/2016 at 6:22 PM

Re: “NORTH HILL

Don't forget live Improv shows every Friday & Saturday at the Blue Door Theater. All-volunteer, non-profit amd hilarious!

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Posted by Susan Smith Lindsey on 07/28/2016 at 2:19 PM

Re: “MIDTOWN, COEUR D'ALENE

I have lived in Midtown cda for 30 years. The appeal was then and is still everything I need in walking distance from my home.

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Posted by Elizabeth Henkel on 07/28/2016 at 11:53 AM

Re: “MIDTOWN, COEUR D'ALENE

Midtown was called Midtown in the 1950s and the area was much smaller than the one described in this article.

Fourth Street was predominantly residential north of Wallace Avenue until Reid Avenue. North of Reid was a small business district with a laundromat, a funeral home, a doughnut shop, a furniture store, a couple of taverns, a drugstore, a hardware store, and a variety store (Midtown Variety at 4th & Boise). Midtown was on 4th Street between Reid and Boise Avenues.

In the 1960s, Safeway moved to a site just north of Midtown and became part of it. Then Midtown Variety moved to 4th & Spokane, a block north of Albertson's (Goodwill now) and people began to refer to the area of Modern Drug and Albertson's on Harrison as being part of Midtown, too.

I'm sure the term Midtown pre-dates the 1950s to whenever the stores started popping up there. ( In the I grew up on Foster Avenue (a block south of Reid), 2 houses east of 4th Street, in the '50s & '60s.)

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Posted by TiViSh on 07/28/2016 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Starting Small

I think the point about tiny"huts" is that the lower cost would mean they can be made available to people who don't have enough income to qualify for a tiny house. I think there's more than enough room for both, especially in a city that currently has exactly *one* resource agency that serves the homeless.

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Posted by Brad Thompson on 07/26/2016 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Starting Small

Tom Robinson needs to live in a tiny hut and donate all his income to the homeless coalition.

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Posted by Frankie Benka on 07/25/2016 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Crash > Click > Cash

Jim Sweetser one of great attorneys. He will be missed.

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Posted by Romeomoon on 07/23/2016 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Starting Small

"Tom Robinson, a member of the Spokane Homeless Coalition, says that if a village of anything tiny is going to be built, it should be tiny huts, not tiny houses."

I wonder how tiny of a hut he lives in.

3 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Ubnauxush on 07/22/2016 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Stealing Washington

It's amazing how such a promising country can have such promising and prospering options with positive outcomes but a few hundred miles away and it's the exact opposite.

The common factor is addiction, solve the drug problem with possibilities for improvement instead of just locking them away and watch the criminal rating of a lot of crimes drop, rather then just property crimes.

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Posted by Ubnauxush on 07/22/2016 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Crash > Click > Cash

It is also worth noting that the Swapp firm had to tender a very sizable legal malpractice claim a year or two ago to their malpractice insurance carrier. The Swapp firm is what is known among ethical attorneys as a settlement mill. They cannot and will not get appropriate settlements.

Note further - when Craig Swapp started his firm he was not licensed to practice in WA. It was an ethical violation to do this.

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Posted by Jake Z on 07/22/2016 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Water fight

You know what else is poisonous? Oxygen, but in low concentrations and mixed with other elements it's called air, and it keeps us alive. I'm neither for nor against fluoridated water. For me, I have lived in areas with and without fluoride in the water. My biggest concern is the financial cost to the city and consumer. But please, enough with the hyperbole. Fluoride is no more a poison than oxygen.

Posted by Diana A on 07/22/2016 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Battle in the 6th

A Republican campaigning in Birkenstocks? Oh, the humanity!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by muddydog on 07/21/2016 at 10:44 PM

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