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Re: “Is an 'East Coast law firm' behind the latest Envision initiative?

I suppose it's interesting to know whether Envision Unemployment is a front for out of town interests, but it doesn't really matter. Regardless of who's pulling the activists' strings, why would any Spokanite want to be a lab rat or pawn for ideologues who don't care about the damage caused by their social engineering? No matter how badly these misguided policies fail, and regardless of how much Spokane and its citizens suffer, the activists will always say that the solution is more government, more regulation and more taxes. No matter how they achieve it, the goal is always the same: Everything within the state, nothing outside the state, and nothing against the state.

Posted by muddydog on 10/09/2015 at 1:45 PM

Re: “[UPDATED] Frank Straub files a $4 million claim against the city for due process violation

Didn't Straub and company run the his #2 guy into the ground before trying to fire him a couple of years ago? If I remember it correctly, he wanted to hand pick his own second-in-command and did not like the well respected policeman who was currently in the position. The back biters stepped up and went to work ruining that mans reputation and trying to get him fired.

As a matter of fact, they used mystery letters from unnamed subordinates who claimed to "feel threatened" when the person in question came to work with a gun or some such thing. Not an unusual thing to happen in a police department, yet the gun thing made him a "threat" to minions and flunkies of the new command element.

To bad this paper has no investigative reporters to look into it.

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Posted by spokoresident on 10/09/2015 at 11:05 AM

Re: “Is an 'East Coast law firm' behind the latest Envision initiative?

It should not come as a surprise that out of state groups are working on behalf of the "Envision" Spokane group. Communism is a world-wide movement so national level support is not unexpected.

Rick Schmidt, ends the article by saying he is a devout anti-capitalist and the movement is based on destroying "corporations"

Funny thing happened on the way to the workers utopia, they all bought computers, cell phones and internet access from the very same companies they profess to despise. Not one of them is wearing home spun and taking the road a Gandhi. Not one of the local communists can explain where the billions in payroll will come from if their brilliant idea passes?

What do you think? Will companies simply forgo profit and loot their bank accounts to stay in Spokane or will they either raise prices and make local families suffer or move their businesses out of the area?

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Posted by spokoresident on 10/09/2015 at 10:57 AM

Re: “Matt Damon vs. Outer Space

A couple of years ago, Matt went to outer space to get free health care for all of the dregs on earth. He never explained what happened to the quality of life for those people who had worked hard and spent billions of their own money to create a healthcare system got reimbursed by the dregs for the "free" healthcare.

Now his addle-brained friends leave him on Mars to create a socialist utopia. Why Mars? Probably because it is the only planet left where Obama is seen as a great world leader.

You would be better served spending your eight dollars on an enema.

Posted by spokoresident on 10/09/2015 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Dollars and Cents

Those "poor people" are called criminals. When they are imprisoned, it saves working Americans an average of about $500,000 per criminal per year. That is the total cost of their annual destruction to society.

The Inlander, as always, praises the criminal and mocks the victims of crime.

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Posted by spokoresident on 10/09/2015 at 10:41 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Frank Straub files a $4 million claim against the city for due process violation

Wow!!! Open up your pocket books citizens of the city of Spokane!! Those "foxholes" in your streets that were going to be fixed this year will have to wait....

Posted by schmidty on 10/09/2015 at 9:45 AM

Re: “Fault Line

Its time to give Karen the boot. Evan is clearly the most qualified candidate to get our city council straightened out. Not to mentioned Evan put Karen to shame at the youth forum. He actually understands the issues the affect both us and our children.

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Posted by John McGuire on 10/09/2015 at 8:44 AM

Re: “I-1366: Just Say 'No!'

With Hillary Clinton and Obama leading your party, you have no room to lecture anyone on ethics.

Your party uses government agencies to persecute those who oppose them politically, lies constantly, passes legislation that was never read, much less understood and cannot seem to follow existing laws or manage an email account ethically.

The lack of improvement in public school is well documented, all you have to do is make some effort and read the research.

Tim Eyman looks honest in comparison.

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Posted by spokoresident on 10/09/2015 at 7:35 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Frank Straub files a $4 million claim against the city for due process violation

I agree with you. This mess is brought to you courtesy of the Mayor. While I am not a fan of Mayor Condon, he has done some good for Spokane, but now this? Nope cannot support him. I also agree with Kenezovich that there is much we don't know about this. Will have to wait now....

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Posted by Tom Harding on 10/09/2015 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Kootenai County Sheriff's Office sniffs out two phone scams

Both of these veteran related and jail related scams are being one of the most popular tricks that they used since years ago, at least based on many reports that I found at sites like I think whatever we have done to stop them, it failed! The best thing we can do now is just keep telling these stories to our family and friends, make sure they will be able to avoid falling victim to these scammers.

Posted by dawning on 10/09/2015 at 3:49 AM

Re: “[UPDATED] Frank Straub files a $4 million claim against the city for due process violation

Condon hired him against the recommendation of basically everyone. So this is entirely his fault. Oh of course Straub is responsible for his own actions. But considering this is nothing new for him and he was hired in spite of his track record, I'd bet he has a good case. So Condon ought to personally hand over the $4 million bucks.

And I'm sure we'll learn a lot more from further investigation. And from Brian Breen of course, in spite of the fact that the only daily press in Spokane has shut him out. But of course we also know the owners of the press also own half of Spokane, and buy the mayor and anything in city hall also, all the while taking pennies from those in poverty. River Park Square anyone? And who do you think is behind attempting to move the bus station downtown? I used to give them the benefit of the doubt too. Oh, and I even voted for Condon. Not again on either.

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Posted by CafeVino on 10/08/2015 at 7:20 PM

Re: “Swap Holidays

Quit trying to ruin a day that is special to Italian-Americans and a celebration of their heritage. Indigenous Peoples' Day is the day after Thanksgiving.

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Posted by Guglielmo Marconi on 10/08/2015 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Sasquatch Man

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Posted by Kelly Lapseritis on 10/08/2015 at 3:38 PM

Re: “A Speaker's Calling

I quit voting republican in 1992, the year Washington nominated Pat Robertson for president - I believe in separation of church and state. Now 30+ years later, my fears were justified. The GOP is splintering like the Whig Party 200 years ago.
America cannot be ruled by exclusion nor by extortion of the lower class for health care, honest representation in both elected houses. None which I've seen expounded by any Republican / T.P.
Thanks to the Republicans, T.P for showing all Americans the hatred. witch hunting and duplicitous oaths to most Americans.
Sorry George, for your predicament, But, you threw your anchor on a sinking ship.

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Posted by patwick on 10/08/2015 at 3:01 PM

Re: “Undermining Our Mayors

Excellent analysis. But who are the unnamed Police Guild leaders, and how do they respond to the issues you've raised? Shine a little light on them. Send out a reporter or two to ask them some probing questions and publish the responses. The Inlander is a big part of the media (certainly the print media) in this community, so it has a big responsibility to the community. The community is not being served by what you've described, and it's not being served if the Inlander does nothing.

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Posted by muddydog on 10/08/2015 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Media firestorm swirls around Rachel Dolezal, the local NAACP president

I don't see why people are mad at her for wanting to be black or whatever but people seem to not have a problem with boys transforming to girls and girls transforming to boys. Who cares apparently she was qualified for the job

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Posted by n on 10/08/2015 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Swap Holidays

How is this not a microaggression against Italians and Italian Americans?

And let's be honest about Native American Cultures. Even before the arrival of Europeans, they warred between themselves, took captives who were enslaved, and forcibly "adopted" women from other tribes who were "married" to captors. Some captives who weren't adopted into the tribe faced death by torture that was made to last days. Does that excuse mistreatment of Native Americans by Americans? Of course not. But overlooking the totality of Native American cultures and history is both inaccurate and, after a fashion, condescending.

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Posted by muddydog on 10/08/2015 at 10:45 AM

Re: “I-1366: Just Say 'No!'

Interesting how all the opposing letters won't even address Eyman's shady ethics and instead are deflections using the same boilerplate, hyperbolic anti-PP rants or the threadbare, broad-brush "teachers suck, government sucks, socialists are everywhere", rants. Eyman asking us to utilize a meat-ax approach to government, education and social service funding reeks of irony when he treats his own personal ethics with such swaggering arrogance.

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Posted by Terry Woodburn on 10/08/2015 at 10:08 AM

Re: “I-1366: Just Say 'No!'

Sorry "whocares", care to provide any legitimate sources on your statements? About the quality of education since the 70's, or even the "dismembering of baby parts"? Everything in your post was, put politely, pulled out of O'reillys asshole.

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Posted by Ronald Schoonover Jr. on 10/08/2015 at 8:48 AM

Re: “Swap Holidays

Oh God, here we go again with this garbage. Here is a mystery. Why can't "indigenous peoples" make their own holiday?

Why blame Christopher Columbus for something Pope approved? Why not ban Christmas instead? If you blame Chris for the bad things that the following 15 generations of people did, then you should also give him credit for their accomplishments.

In reality, Christopher Columbus brought you the computer, , the internet, newspapers, TV, video games, cars, trains, wagons, the wheel, horses, plows, cattle ranching, kerosene lights, wood stoves, iron tools, steel, everything electric ever used, paved roads, cancer treatments, a cure for polio, bridges, sky scrapers, the Panama Canal, airplanes, space travel, you name it, if it was invented in the western hemisphere, it was all Chris Columbus who made it happen.

Before you start worrying about the "estimated" deaths caused in the western world by European settlement, think about the hundreds of millions of people killed in the last 150 years by communism and socialism. Yet Seattle has "Mayday" parades and riots every year to celebrate the worst mass murderers of the 20th century and the Inlander gladly supports that "holiday".

It is okay to skip this holiday if you hate Columbus. I skip Mayday because I respect the millions killed by Karl Marx.

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Posted by spokoresident on 10/08/2015 at 8:45 AM

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