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Re: “First Day of School

This is all really great. However feeding first graders "trix" cereal filed with artificial food coloring and high sugar levels does not support academic needs. The food system in schools needs immediate attention.

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Posted by Rindie Kerr Goodwin on 09/03/2015 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Getting Schooled

The real question for the unions that represent District 81 workers is why? Why do classified staff make so little and teachers make so much? Where was their representation for the last 25 years?

A starting teacher makes at least $29.22 per hour, a 25 year district employee makes $14. That is the best example of socialist fairness I have ever seen. That starting teacher works 150 days a year, the average full time employee works 200-210 days a year. The teacher gets full time pay for partial employment and still wants MORE.

Those teachers treat the typical classified staffer poorly and they work hard to cheat the classified staffer out of every dollar possible in pay and benefits. Then, in a shining example of socialist stupidity they blame the school district for the vast pay imbalance caused by their contract demands.

When all is said and done, the teachers will have treated themselves to yet another unearned four day weekend and a massive pay raise and the classified staff will still work for peasant wages in an environment where they are constantly reminded by the "educated elite" that they are in fact 2nd class citizens in the world of education.

Why are they so ashamed to admit what the "average teacher" makes? It is huge when you consider how little the average teacher actually works in a given year. They start with maybe 150 days of class time, they work five hours a day teaching and they get weeks and weeks of vacation and sick during the school year. If you get 120 days of work out of a teacher is it a feat rivaling Everest.

When you average their pay into an hourly wage, they are doing quite well, especially for people who get two three day weekends a month, weeks off for Christmas/Kwanzaa/Festivus/ Easter/Thanksgiving/Mayday/Che's birthday and every other holiday real or imagined AND three months off in the summer.

I guess $750,000,000.00 in new schools won't buy loyalty or productivity from some people.

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Posted by whocares on 09/03/2015 at 7:21 AM

Re: “Age of Zaycon

As someone who hasn't made a decent living in over two years, hearing "it's easier to hire charming employees and teach them to drive trucks than to hire truck drivers and teach them to be charming" is really reassuring and gives me a bit of hope. Seems like a great boss and it's great to hear a start-up doing well, especially a local one.

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Posted by JE on 09/01/2015 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Brick by Brick

Parking always sucks!!!

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Posted by Teresa Juneau-Simon on 08/31/2015 at 9:21 PM

Re: “Brick by Brick

Wow! So much change is happening!

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Posted by Lauren Skiles on 08/31/2015 at 2:49 PM

Re: “No One is Safe

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Posted by Comfort Joy on 08/28/2015 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

People need to join together to change laws and take action against this national epidemic.The only national group that is working to do this is Shatterproof Join online and help provide the resources needed to help our children.

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Posted by Donna on 08/26/2015 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Ozzie, Creach and Craigslist

Since when is ok to kill a innocent man?

Posted by Robin Hood on 08/26/2015 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Manufacturing Fear

Ozzie is an ass! The tsar of Spokane. He is the terrorist! I'm sure anyone one that works for him would agree!

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Posted by Robin Hood on 08/26/2015 at 7:45 PM

Re: “Auto Artistry

Funny, I ran across this article while looking for some lost art... I had totally forgotten about it... for anyone interested in what ten years later had in store for me, here's a quick run down... I eventually quit the big brown truck to design full time, and have done lots of it.. magazine cars, show cars, even hot wheels cars, and I eventually did move to California:)
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Posted by Jeff Allison on 08/25/2015 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Running Dry

I miss Wild Waters so much...I wish they would re-open it too...

Posted by Miranda on 08/25/2015 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Manufacturing Fear

Did the Sheriff feel compelled to his statements, simply because of his personal hatred for State Representative Matt Shea? Or is it because he thinks that Rep. Shea is behind the call for his resignation? Or is it a deflection, a "Wag the Dog" to deflect the Public outcry for a REAL citizen oversight committee that ISN"T hand selected by the Sheriff?

The naive writer doesn't realize that he was played, in order to fuel this hatred and to intentionally spread fear. That's what a smart bully does. The writer was used to spread fear, to smear an enemy, and to smear those wanting a recall.

You were played. You were used, Inlander. And this time, not just to line the bird cage, ...

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Posted by Brian Weitzel on 08/25/2015 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

According to the Spokane Police Dept., arresting the young addict is not the answer - please, PLEASE someone tell our family what is! If every treatment and detox facility in the state are "voluntary" or "unsecured", what are we, the loved ones, supposed to do as we watch a once beautiful, vibrant person, whose brain is so consumed by the devilish substance that they either don't want to quit or actually believe that they can "quit whenever" they want.

This article indicates that Heroin use is the #1...the NUMBER ONE drug problem in WA state, with Meth close behind! Yet, we hear so little about the drug when it's KILLING our youth!!

"Olympia", Govenor, SPD, SOMEONE...please tell me how we can save someone who is killing themselves before our eyes but because they don't agree to help or realize the damage they're self inflicting in their DRUG STRICKEN state of mind, there's nothing we can do but watch & wait. Sad. So incredibly sad.

I can speak for my entire family when I say that our hearts truly go out to Rachel's Dad & family. Know that you did all you could and everything you knew to do.

My heart goes out to EVERYONE hurt by this awful drug - The loved ones and those that tried the drug once and before they knew it, were prisoner to it's chains. Although I'm just like the rest of you - searching for answers, ANYONE that wants help for themselves,is READY to break FREE, I will do all that I can -everything within my power to get yout
the help that you need. This is not a battle that can be fought alone.

"Be Strong and Courageous. Do not be terrified for The Lord, Your God is with you wherever you go". Joshua 1:9

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Posted by Kristy Brinkman on 08/25/2015 at 12:47 AM

Re: “'Flip of a Coin'

Another 'bad white cop' hate speech article from this tabloid. Whoulda thunk. When are you Inlander folks gonna hire back Rachel Dolezal to spew some more of her racist hate speech? LOL

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Posted by Loppy on 08/24/2015 at 3:50 PM

Re: “'Flip of a Coin'

Nobody should have any confidence in the ability of the police or what they tell you. Don't forget, courts have repeatedly held that police can and should lie to you in order to further a police investigation. You can never trust anything a cop tells you because it is very possible it is a blatant lie.

Drug sniffing dogs are even more innacurate that this alleged drug recognition expert: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/does-the-nose-know/

Innocent people are found guilty of crimes they did not commit every day in every state and territory in this country based on "evidence" like drug dog behavior and drug recognition "expert" testimony. The system is rigged.

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Posted by I value my privacy on 08/23/2015 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Whitman Privilege

I remember the walk out: Part of it involved standing up if you considered yourself a socioeconomic minority. My friend and I, both considering ourselves to be in this category were too embarrassed to stand. As we looked around, people whom we knew to be from wealthy backgrounds stood.
Literally 2 weeks later the discussion on socioeconomic diversity was done.

The problem with protesting for more socioeconomic diversity at a school that's lacking it, is that wealthy students only pretend to care because they need to appear liberal since they go to Whitman. When it comes down to sticking to your guns and being persistent they disappear because it's a problem that doesn't effect them.

It keeps people like me ostracized. It's hard to relate to someone when your life was sharing a cramped room in a bunk bed with your siblings as the police sirens wailed at night, and their life was their own room, at least 3 meals a day, their own car and a gated community where it was safe to roam at anytime of the day or night.

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Posted by Anonymous on 08/23/2015 at 7:24 AM

Re: “'Flip of a Coin'

This story is unbelievable!! He calls himself a drug recognition "expert." How is he still employed after having made so many mistakes?? I can't imagine having my blood taken without my consent!! So terrible!! Although Mr. Conger consented to the blood draw, Deputy Miller draws many people's blood pursuant to a warrant-without their consent. How invasive!! I certainly would not want a heart surgeon performing surgery when his odds of success are so awful. The most concerning issue is that Deputy Miller does not have a dash camera like many the of the officers in Spokane. Looking at how many times he has been wrong, it is most shocking that the County has not required him to have a camera! Certainly a camera would assist in determining whether these outrageous blood draws are appropriate in the first place and either verify or rule out any wrongdoings be Deputy Miller.

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Posted by SpokaneAttorney75 on 08/22/2015 at 12:23 AM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

Everyone has an experience with drugs, they've done them, a friend has done them, a loved one does them. We know. We get it. It's hard, it's sad, and it's frustrating. If I felt like it, I could write a book about the experience I had as a young kid coping with the depression and anger that comes with having a mother addicted to heroine.

My goal today is to reach out to scott.

IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT. YOU COULD NOT HAVE DONE ANYTHING. How many people have told you this? Do you believe it yet? IT WAS OUT OF YOUR CONTROL. AND YOU DID EVERYTHING YOU COULD.

When I was as young as even 6th grade, I thought it was my responsibility to save my mom. To give you an idea of how far gone she was, and how responsible I thought I was... here's a small memory: one day when I was about 12 years old my mom was about to go on a drug run, and I knew it. I cried and screamed and tried as hard as I could to make her stay home. Of course that didn't work, I was fucking 12. So I made her take me. I was ordered to wait in the car, she would be "right out". When it took to long I decided to knock on the door. An old man answered, I said "I'm looking for my mom". My mom stepped into the hall and called me back to a bedroom. There I saw a woman I had never met with a belt around her arm. I then as a 6th GRADER stood next to my mom and watched this woman shoot up, while she explained how bad this was to me and how I should never do it. I remember being left with my grandparents, and my mom pretty much disappearing. I remember tracking her down at a friends apartment. I wasn't even able to drive yet, and she refused to let me in, and she let me stay out side in a shitty neighborhood. I literally started screaming at the top of my lungs, and banging on shit just trying to make a scene so she would let me in. I tried everything in the book: screaming, crying, fighting, hiding her needles, talking to her calmly, pulling the "I'm your kid" card. Nothing worked.

Eventually I stopped trying.
I was a kid and I had to do normal things like go to school.
I had to raise myself.


My mom eventually met a guy, a friend, not an addict. I still to this day think this man is a low life piece of shit. But I would thank this man if I could because he got my mom off heroine.

This guy's solution was locking my mom in a room. Literally not letting her leave at all under any circumstances. And scaring her to the point where she wouldn't even try to leave.

This cleared my mom's head enough, and made her sober long enough that she could actually go to rehab, and had a desire to get clean.

Today I'm 20 years old, and my mom and I have a good relationship. She is clean. And she has made amends for her actions. I wish every story was like this.

Scott I'm so sorry for your loss. You sound like a nice person that cared about his daughter, took good care of her, and did not deserve this.

Don't blame yourself.

You can scream, cry, fight, and make a scene.
But in the end, it's up to them.
Nobody blames you, and you shouldn't either.

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Posted by Whitney Kelly on 08/21/2015 at 7:47 AM

Re: “'Flip of a Coin'

That's right, this officer seems to put his ego before thinking of any costs to any parties be it court costs, healthcare workers for unnecessary drug tests, taxpayers, the innocent wrongly accused guilty, or even the parents of the accused for lost wages & cost of helping defend their family member. Does he even consider what such false accusations do to an innocent victim & to others involved? In this case he was wrong yet again... And I f he was such an expert on marijuana use, shouldn't he be pulling over those going 15-20mi/hr under the speed limit?

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Posted by Concerned on 08/20/2015 at 7:23 PM

Re: “'Flip of a Coin'

Wow, it appears that someone above is far to stick impaired to get to the real point of the article. That rant is somewhat diarrhea of the mouth, what a stench!

Point: High false arrest rates for marijuana DUIs cost not only the falsely accused but also the tax payers a lot of money. It appears that law enforcement experts have some refining to do on their end, and it shouldn't be at the expense of the innocent. With legalization, they need to make a better effort to remove the grey area and guess work. Power trips and speculations aren't good tactics when making accusations that have such an impact.

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Posted by "Stick" - To the real point! on 08/20/2015 at 4:35 PM

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