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Re: “Put Kids First

Once upon a time in a land not so far away, Parents were forced to choose cooperative daycare where one or both Parents gave one day per week to jointly care for their children and those of other co-op members. City, State, and Federal subsidies could then be stretched to provide meals, facilities, and a qualified early education specialist to assist the co-op. We need to focus on sustainability , family bonds and providing economic opportunity to families...welfare alone does nothing to break the cycles of poverty.

Posted by James Bennett on 05/29/2015 at 12:05 AM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

I feel like I'm never going to get a handle on my emotions or health as long as I live here due to the constant exposure of second-hand meth like chemicals pouring directly into my kitchen from a vent coming from my neighbors bathroom and kitchen. I've been disabled my entire life and have always went out of my way to NOT consume any chemicals, caffeine, coffee, pop, pills, food dyes, tea, alcohol, fake food, perfumes, spices, acidic foods, potassium, metals, tattoos, tuna, hot temperatures, tap water, mold, antibiotics, .... and more

I've been through very painful invasive medical procedures without any anesthetics or pain relievers because of my physical disability causes a difficult and serious medical condition.

So it angers me MUCH when anyone labels ALL homeless disabled people as druggies or mental illness. The people who have a habit of using chemicals have built up an immunity and I have not. I am extremely sensitive to them. They cause me great harm. One tiny drop of caffeine to me is like 30 cups to the average coffee drinker. I cannot handle any uppers or such.

I think it should be illegal to build apartments where 25% of the air pouring into my room is recycled from my neighbors room. But since they have built the place, it should be law that landlords be required to inform a potential renter of this important risk.

If one person is deathly allergic to peanuts and their neighbor spews peanut dust into the vent air system, it could cause death.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/28/2015 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Is it fair for teachers to attack the legislators' 11.2 percent salary increase?

My daughter has a Masters Degree in Education, with endorsements in mathematics and music. As a new teacher (middle school mathematics), she makes $42K per year -- in Redmond. Same as what teachers make in Eastern Washington. She works longer hours than you can imagine...lesson planning, responding to "helicopter" parents, and meeting the needs of her students. Something is very wrong with this picture. If we want quality education for our kids, then why are we paying teachers such low wages? If she could do it all over again, she would have studied computer science, and made $100K and worked fewer hours. Think about it....

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Posted by HeadScratcher on 05/28/2015 at 6:57 PM

Re: “Celebrate National Burger Day with the Better Burger Project

No. As usual, your staff is completely clueless. Noboby and I seriously mean no business owns the burger more than The Elk. No pretense, no bullshit. Get a real burger. Double Smash, no filter

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Posted by Paul Lindberg on 05/28/2015 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Spokane sheriff: police militarization a "myth"

Hopefully in his presentation Sheriff Knezovich will provide supporting evidence for his assertion that, "With the results of actions taken by city of Baltimore, actions consistent with the UC Berkeley suggestions, which led to the burning of several buildings and the national guard being called out"; I suspect it was extracted hot and steaming from his posterior.

Sheriff Knezovich also strangely commits a rhetorical unforced error when he uses the term "war" in the context of our ongoing national dialog on police practices, and then acknowledges it as a misuse of the term. His entire response strikes a note of condescension and contempt. I hope Sheriff Knezovich's future interactions with the public are conducted more professionally.

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Posted by A Marmot on 05/28/2015 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Put Kids First

I am the owner/director of a child care center in Spokane Valley. We have been involved with Early Achievers for several years. It has made a huge impact on our center, the families that we provide care too, and to our childcare staff. Early Achievers represents the first real improvement to the childcare system in our state. It represents education for providers about quality learning environments and the importance of high quality interactions between children and teachers. It represents support to families so that they can do the best possible job that they can as parents. It represents financial support for childcare providers to improve facilities and to get closer to paying employees a living wage.

I have heard just about every legislator that I have talked with this year say that early learning is the best dollar spent in our state. I am really hoping that they truly understand the importance of the decision they have in front of them and fully fund the Early Start Act.

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Posted by Vicki Greger on 05/28/2015 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Put Kids First

I have worked in the Early Learning field for the past 15 years. Eight years I worked @ the Lake Washington Technical College in Kirkland Wa. Most of the children were the sons and daughters of single mothers, a few single fathers, who were working toward AA or technical degrees. These parents were also working at least part time and many worked full time jobs. They were struggling to provide for their children and improve themselves and the future for their families. The example these parents were setting for their children was not one of underachievement, laziness or any of the stereotypical behaviors listed in the previous comments. I don't doubt that there is abuse of social welfare programs, any more than I doubt that there is abuse of tax loopholes. However in either case the children of the perpetrators are not to blame. The philosophy behind Early Learning is not a process of dumbing down or lowering expectations; but rather what can we as adults do to bring out the highest potential of every child
to become a happy human being capable of contributing to society. Please visit a high quality Early Learning Center and find out for yourself what great work these dedicated professionals do everyday for the future. I believe you will be impressed.

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Posted by Peggy Dennis-butler on 05/28/2015 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Put Kids First

Good message Mariah. We need to underscore the ask, however, no matter the polital flavor of one's state representatives. Politicians act because constituents act. I'm contacting mine today.

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Posted by Dale Damron on 05/28/2015 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Don Draper isn't Mad Men's main character any more. And that's a good thing

I was trying to find something I didn't get in the show and I saw this and it represents every person that gums up media about the show with objectively factitious and facetious articles and posts. I mean facetious very literally, it's almost funny to think people who have watched the show in its entirety think "man, don draper a shithead". I'm not surprised I'm the only person to comment on this. I'm sure everyone who accidentally reads the headline laughs or sits down and jacks off to their penis envy for a character in a story they can't understand or are too dense to try to appreciate it for things a goat could enjoy.

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Posted by connordillon on 05/28/2015 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Don Draper isn't Mad Men's main character any more. And that's a good thing

I don't know why it's popular to vilify Don Draper. Of course he does bad things but it's painting a picture of a person who DOESN'T ACTUALLY EXIST. Even more offensive is to say that his story is played out in any way. There are so many questions about him that would be exciting without knowing anything about someone like Pete on the show. Peggy is essential and also a beautiful character but the show isn't solely about her and her story ends kind of heavy-handedly anyway which makes her trials seem less valid, not to say she isn't interesting and a huge part of the appeal of the show. It's a great story and there's not point to be the devil's advocate in saying otherwise.

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Posted by connordillon on 05/28/2015 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Don Draper isn't Mad Men's main character any more. And that's a good thing

It's not a good thing. This is really annoying. People want to make him out to be a real person that is really doing all the shitty things he does. It's a character and a character in a beautiful story. The story revolves around him and he will always be the most dynamic character in the show. I hope no one believes the show would've been close to as successful as it has been without him. Also there are garammatical errors in this article.

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Posted by connordillon on 05/28/2015 at 1:12 PM

Re: “Put Kids First

The first three years of a child's life are the most critical to support brain growth. Our investments made during this time are the biggest "game changer" in terms of preparing a child for future success in school and life. Programs like Early Achievers has made the biggest impact on quality in licensed child care. When programs participate they have access to coaching and professional development that directly improves quality for children. Please contact your Legislator and tell them children need our investment now -support the House budget version to fully fund Early Start!

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Posted by LMW on 05/28/2015 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Put Kids First

While a family below the poverty line might spend 30% of their income on childcare, they spend 0% on food, nothing on school lunches, very little for rent, almost nothing for utilities and they only have to buy the trendy thug clothing they need to operate in their chosen environment. Every other need is funded by welfare, social programs and charities.

Poor in America is not "poor". Poverty in America is not "poverty". There is a social program for EVERY need, a food bank for every holiday dinner, a tattoo parlor waiting to ink the next gang symbol in their necks. Poor Americans are FAT, well fed, watching cable and playing Xbox. They are warm in their heated or cool in their air conditioned homes and have great healthcare. They complain about the wait for services they do not have to lift a finger to receive and we don't know why. They most certainly are missing work.

The basic function of "Early Start" is to indoctrinate children into socialism and train them to become dependent on the government for their care, feeding, problem solving and support. By starting when they are young, a good Orwellian program can remove drive, ambition and self-reliance from the slaves of socialism and teach them to obey their party masters without question.

They will learn the dangers of contact sports, keeping score and excessive achievement and learn that to be a good minion they much do as little as possible with the expectation that no matter how dismal their performance they will get a trophy or paycheck.

The dream of every illegal immigrant creeping into our nation is to come to America and live the life of a king on welfare.

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Posted by taxpayer on 05/28/2015 at 10:35 AM

Re: “No Peaceful Easy Feeling

Well said. Your specific references add validity to your argument.

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Posted by Nick C. on 05/28/2015 at 10:34 AM

Re: “Teacher Skip Day

The average school year is 180 days. EVERY teacher gets a DAY OFF for every work day. They "work" 72% of the average working year for the rest of America.

Work 72% of the hours for more than 100% of the pay?? Seriously??? Demand no standards for performance and show NO improvement in student learning since 1972 and STILL want more money, really? We build schools for $150 million dollars a pop and you still complain they are not nice enough to facilitate learning. What on earth will paying you more money for less work possibly net?

No school district in Washington state works an entire month without at least one three day weekend or maybe a week off or a two week break or a "holiday", make-up day or "teacher planning day". What a scam.

Smaller classes? If you have 30 students you have three assistants and a hour "prep" period every day. You actually work 5 hours a day with students if you are hard pressed. In reality, you have 20-25 kids in your class tops.

The NEA motto should be "Doing a lot less with a lot more than everyone else and still complaining".

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Posted by Taxed enough already on 05/28/2015 at 7:44 AM

Re: “When a 'Miracle' Meets the FDA

So much stupid disguised as intelligence here.

Scum like this will be popular in jail, karma is coming and about time too.

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Posted by Dave Telford on 05/28/2015 at 3:18 AM

Re: “Is it fair for teachers to attack the legislators' 11.2 percent salary increase?

Cost of living was really a pretty minor issue at this rally. It was mentioned, but much more of the focus was on holding the legislature accountable for not passing a budget to fund basic education in this state. Voters have passed measures on smaller class sizes twice. The legislature is in contempt of court for not passing a budget. At the same time, legislators require more and more standardized testing which takes classroom instruction time away. This COLA thing is a red herring. Focus on the real issues.

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Posted by Beth Robinette on 05/27/2015 at 11:06 PM

Re: “Is it fair for teachers to attack the legislators' 11.2 percent salary increase?

The competition for teaching jobs in District 81 is fierce. If teacher pay is too low, there would be no or far fewer applicants. Like it or not, basic economic principles refute the suggestion that their pay is too low. And suggesting that higher pay is an issue for students is shameless.

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Posted by muddydog on 05/27/2015 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Hiring Among Friends

Heard some rumors about a relationship between Mielke and O'Quinn. That just adds a whole new layer of funny to this situation

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Posted by guest on 05/27/2015 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Hiring Among Friends

Same "degree" as Cathy McMoRo got.

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Posted by Zelda Krup on 05/27/2015 at 1:32 PM

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