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Re: “The five best examples of character development on TV

I think you're missing someone and his honor.

Posted by Ashton Lee on 12/17/2014 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Spokane police ombud Burns to retire from oversight position

he got tired of the b.s. too, such a shame to lose him...

Posted by Michael Plewak on 12/17/2014 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Gov. Inslee announces education agenda

So, let me get this straight. The governor and the state legislature abdicate their responsibility and barely escape the contempt of the state Supreme Court in the McCleary decision. And, they have no real, substantive plan in place to resolve the problem of funding education (as required by the state constitution). The people approved, through the constitutional and democratic initiative process, a class-size reduction initiative.

Of course, no one really knows where the money will come from, but the governor and legislature are now tasked with that.

But, now, the governor just unilaterally nullifies the efforts and will of the people of the state because "... we've decided here is that we cannot fully fund [the class size initiative] in this first biennium ..."

Maybe the Washington State Supreme Court needs to rethink the whole contempt thing and find both the legislature AND the governor in contempt.

The money is there. Cutting the pay of the top two tiers of management of the state agencies in half or more will render the bulk of the funds necessary, I'm sure. The salaries of those people are obscene and need to be brought back to a realistic level. What if those people quit? No big deal. They bring little value for the buck. We'll hire someone who will actually work for the salary provided.

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Posted by Guy Pace on 12/17/2014 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Just 10 days left in 2014 Short Fiction Contest, so send us your stories

Have the winners been contacted yet?

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Posted by Iamsamsemail on 12/15/2014 at 1:38 PM

Re: “A new Caption Contest; plus, last week's winners

WHEN does this "week's" contest END ??

Posted by Jerry Mcginn on 12/12/2014 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Vote for our next Suds and Cinema movie!

Goonies!!!!

Posted by john_5023 on 12/11/2014 at 6:31 AM

Re: “Vote for our next Suds and Cinema movie!

Goonies!!!

Posted by john_5023 on 12/11/2014 at 6:30 AM

Re: “Vote for our next Suds and Cinema movie!

JAWS!!!!!!

Posted by Joe Labish on 12/10/2014 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Vote for our next Suds and Cinema movie!

How about Dune??? Come on David Lynch will bring a crowd!!!!

Posted by Janeisgreat on 12/10/2014 at 5:52 PM

Re: “In defense of Steven Moffat, Doctor Who's controversial showrunner

I think Moffat was a good writer, but that doesn't change the fact that he is a terrible Head Writer/Show Runner. His individual episodes are good, but the changes he has made to the show universe leave something to be desired. The angels were a good one off monster, but he has leaned on them too heavily and they are overused at this point. The technicolor daleks are an abomination, and introducing them was a dire mistake. Giving a companion clothing that is impossible to run in while keeping the show kid friendly was a bad move, even if it was somewhat fixed later. The TARDIS control room redesign between seasons 7 and 8 is very cold; I hate it with a passion and it fells more than a little stuck in the past.

The true atrocity though, is the 50th anniversary special. We were promised the Time War, we got rubber suit monsters. We were expected to swallow a very convenient amnesia on the part of doctors past, forgetting their involvement for for no particularly good reason. Speaking of doctors past, their token inclusion at the very end was frankly insulting; better to have genuinely included them or left them out entirely. An even more contrived excuse to include Rose Tyler (yes, RTD did it too. It was lame then, it was even lamer here) Worse than all of that though was the retcon to end all retcons, essentially invalidating invalidating everything that made the 9th doctor who he was. I really don't believe bringing Gallifrey back will make the show better, again it feels stuck in the past.

All of the above were bad strategic decisions in my opinion, but it was the retcon that completely turned me off on Doctor Who. I'll probably give Doctor Who another chance when Moffat's time comes to an end, assuming that end isn't cancellation, but for me Moffat ruined what had been a very good thing.

Posted by Mark on 12/07/2014 at 8:33 PM

Re: “As finale approaches, follow Z Nation's blood trail through Spokane

I believe it was Interlake School in the first episodes (not sure which number) and the large plant buildings on Magnesium.

Posted by Deanna on 12/06/2014 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Just 10 days left in 2014 Short Fiction Contest, so send us your stories

Staff judges have started reading through the submissions. We will notify winners in about two weeks and print those stories in the Dec. 25 issue.

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Posted by Jacob.Jones on 12/03/2014 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Just 10 days left in 2014 Short Fiction Contest, so send us your stories

When are the winners announced????

Posted by Carla Clark on 12/02/2014 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Sons of Anarchy and why supersized TV episodes aren’t that super

Im going to go out on a limb here and say that you are in the EXTREME minority in terms of your opinion. As referenced by your closing sentence - you don't even like the show and its characters - a crime in it of itself.
Go get a job your good at. Television analysis is clearly not your thing.

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Posted by Dina Breslow on 12/02/2014 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Ferguson: Calm down... for what?

This is so full of presumptions and subtle lies, I cant wrap a reasonable opinion around it. I'm genuinely sorry for you feeling bad about this, and feeling concern for your own children. But this article just helps spread hatred and bitterness in all the wrong directions. There are a lot of problems plaguing black Americans, but they don't start with the cops. They do on the other hand all too often end with the cops, and the hands of other black males.

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Posted by anon on 11/30/2014 at 9:44 PM

Re: “Photos: Solidarity Action for Ferguson

Over the last few days there have been stories about Ferguson citizens helping to clean up the mess made by the rioters. It's reassuring to know that there are still people of good will who want to have a positive impact on the community and who aren't narcissists or vandals.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by muddydog on 11/28/2014 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Photos: Solidarity Action for Ferguson

We were too busy protesting about the lives lost. Meanwhile, the protestors were on hand protecting local businesses from predominantly out of town (check the arrest records) opportunists: http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/25/us/ferguson-…

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Posted by Kelli Crawford on 11/26/2014 at 8:58 PM

Re: “Photos: Solidarity Action for Ferguson

Apparently many of the small businesses that were looted and/or burned in the Ferguson riot were owned by minorities. Did anybody protest against that here in Spokane?

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Posted by muddydog on 11/26/2014 at 9:57 AM

Re: “Ferguson: Calm down... for what?

Maybe you can dream of getting out of a culture that is self-defeating at every turn. So done with listening to babbling like yours. It's meaningless until black leaders call black youth out for their own actions; until we address the issue of 75% of babies born to single mothers; black-on-black crime., etc... Focus on the real issue.

11 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by boredwithsamleole on 11/26/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Ferguson: Calm down... for what?

Michael Brown did not die because he was black in America. He robbed a convenience store, assaulted the clerk who tried to stop him, and then assaulted the police officer who tried to stop him. The tragic outcome was the consequence of his actions.

30 likes, 32 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 11/25/2014 at 1:54 PM

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