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Re: “Reclaimed Rock

Lyn is an awesome guy. He built me a "Denny Mateny Model 3/4 size Koa Body, Solid Ebony Neck, HH Seymour Duncan "Jeff Beck" P.U.'s guitar back in 1983 while Boogie bodies was located in Puyallup, WA. I first met lyn while he was walking across the shop where I worked with a silver guitar template in his hand, you see Washington Poster Co. printed his Boogie Bodies water decals, "face down on water decal stock". I was foreman/lead screen printrer/lead ink mixer at Washington Poster "SeaTac WA for fifteen years. One thing led to another and the next thing you know Lyn is building me a guitar and becoming my friend "who I still talk about all the time. Like the time he came to my work to pick up my last payment check on my guitar build, he said come out to my station wagon I've got something to show you. He had a ATA flight case in the back and proceeded to open it. Since Washington Poster was right next to the airport he was killing two birds with one stone. Inside the case was a beautiful custom build koa telecaster, "absolutely gorgeous", he said here play it, I said ok, it played awesome. I said who's is this and he said EC's i said WHO, he said yah this is Eric Claptons guitar I just finished it. I said sacrilege, you set me up, I'm in trouble now. Your meaning to tell me I played Eric Clapton's guitar before he did, Lyn laughed and said yah. I was just lucky I didn't have Naz-Dar vinyl ink on my hands as I often did from my ink mixing and printing. Anyway I have a bunch more funny, poignant stories about Lyn, Lyn is a real character, charming,gracious,affable, wry sense of humor, outgoing, genuine, giving, just a all around amazing person. I have felt so lucky to have met him. The day i saw him carrying that template my life changed forever. Yours Truly Jon Robbins

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Posted by Jon Robbins on 04/16/2014 at 5:26 AM

Re: “The Gerlach verdict and the value of stuff over people

I wasn't present at the time of the shooting, so I have no way of knowing if Mr. Gerlach really legitimately felt threatened. My purpose in adding to this blog is to point out that had you been able to aprehend a person in the act of stealing your bicycle and had hit him or her, causing that person to fall and hit his or her head and die, you could have faced the same charges as Mr. Gerlach, and you might have used the same self-defense plea.

In that same vein, you may wish to re-read the comment 4/11//14 at 5:04 PM. I believe that the comments by Mr. Shields and myself would support the assertion that you yourself might be legitimately charged as Mr. Gerlach was.

Posted by Al Hagen on 04/15/2014 at 5:53 PM

Re: “A New Face

Their food is nicely prepared. I love the blt--it's worth the price, imo. Try the Eggs Benedict, by the way! To die for.

Posted by angela allen on 04/14/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “A New Face

Prices sound rather steep. $8.50 for a BLT? Two slices of bread, some veggies and a few pieces of bacon.

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Posted by TwoDeer on 04/14/2014 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Chilly Choices

Awesome place! Come support one of Spokane's greats!

Posted by Doug on 04/13/2014 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Calling all Spokane-area zombie extras for a new TV show

im down to do it, I volunteer to be a zombie for the Zombie Hike for River State Park, I can do this.

Posted by Josh Insanej on 04/13/2014 at 4:27 PM

Re: “The Invisible Mayor

GotGeek - I agree completely about Joe Shogan; he seems to pick the most offensive way to say everything; very peculiar for someone who wants to get along with people. I have heard that he is a very unsuccessful attorney too, which isn't surprising.

Posted by Mark Syman on 04/13/2014 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Doctors Ordered

Although there are a few 3 year medical school programs that funnel graduates into family medicine residency programs...99% of programs are 4 years for an undergraduate medical education. So to produce a family med doc takes 4+4+3 years.

Posted by Medical student on 04/13/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Calling all Spokane-area zombie extras for a new TV show

im so i. as a zombie i can sound exactly like one and walk exactly the same. 5092948875 i want in. please let me be a zombie

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Posted by Andrew Bradley Ward on 04/13/2014 at 4:01 AM

Re: “Talking to my dad about Gail Gerlach

Your dad sounds like a thoughtful, decent man. Surely you realize that people like him and his beliefs are routinely caricatured and criticized in the Inlander.

Posted by muddydog on 04/12/2014 at 5:10 PM

Re: “The Gerlach verdict and the value of stuff over people

The verdict wasn't a surprise. The jurors live in a town where law enforcement is perceived as ineffectual and lawless, and property crimes are rampant. There's a lot of pent of frustration and little confidence in the criminal justice system.

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Posted by muddydog on 04/12/2014 at 4:58 PM

Re: “The Gerlach verdict and the value of stuff over people

So now deadly force is ok in property crimes. Wait until someone shoots your kid for being in their yard or fooling around. Or you're looking for your cat and your neighbor decides your breaking into his car and shoots you. Welcome to the brave new world.

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Posted by garyspokane on 04/12/2014 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Fear and Banned Books

Thank you so much for this wonderful article. Those of us who have read this book know its worth. I hope some of you will consider also buying a copy for one of the 350 Meridian students who signed a petition to keep the book in curriculum. My friend Jen Lott and I feel strongly about this issue and have organized a book drive for the students. So far, we have enough for about 150 copies! They will be distributed to the students on World Book Night- April 23rd. If you would like to contribute, click here: http://www.gofundme.com/89912g
Thank YOU!

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Posted by Sara Baker on 04/12/2014 at 12:32 PM

Re: “The Gerlach verdict and the value of stuff over people

This adult chose to steal a car, he chose to put himself in the position of getting harmed. Stop blaming the victim of this crime for the choices made by this criminal. Next time he should choose to not steal from someone with such good aim...oh yeah there won't be a next a next time. Good shot, society thanks you.

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Posted by Ed Anderson on 04/12/2014 at 11:49 AM

Re: “Talking to my dad about Gail Gerlach

Great article, Luke. I would venture the media is somewhat responsible for the Gail Gerlachs of this country. They help perpetuate the notion that there are packs of 'Mad Max-like' gangs out there just itching to victimize us. That never before in human history have we been in more danger from random strangers than we are today. Statistics prove this to be pure bullshit. Crime--especially violent crime--has been trending down for years. And violent crimes at the hands of total strangers are so rare, they are statistically insignificant. It could be argued, in fact, that we are less likely to be a victim of violent crime than ever before.

That's not to say crimes don't happen. Sometimes hideous unthinkable crimes. But these instances are truly outliers. I'd venture that those odds weren't running through Gerlach's mind as he almost instinctively fired his weapon.

Is a life more important than a pickup truck? Did Gerlach believe he was in physical danger? The answer to both questions is very likely 'yes.' So while it serves no purpose to demonize Gerlach, it is appropriate to shine a light on the media and how they cherry pick incidents to build a false narrative that Gerlach and millions of other Americans have for one reason or another have bought into.

Posted by Mickey Lonchar on 04/12/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “The Gerlach verdict and the value of stuff over people

choice is a weapon, use it wisely. If you choose to break the law, bad things will happen

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Posted by Doug Stuart on 04/12/2014 at 9:05 AM

Re: “The Gerlach verdict and the value of stuff over people

I think it's worth talking about how a craftsman, a person who supports their family through the work of their hands, would feel watching their tools and their livelihood be taken away from them.

I also think it's laughable in this town to suggest that we should just let the police handle these things. Gerlach only shot once; SPD wouldn't have that level of restraint, if they even bothered to try and solve a property crime.

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Posted by TheRain on 04/12/2014 at 8:27 AM

Re: “The Gerlach verdict and the value of stuff over people

Taylor

This was never about stealing the car, it was about self defense. Not only did a jury not convict Gerlach the Jury said Gerlach's use of deadly force was justified.

I have some concerns about you are saying especially since I think you know better or at least should know better. By continuing to state the thief was shot for stealing the car you are promoting that shooting people that are stealing stuff is lawful. By doing this are you willing to accept partial blame for the next uninformed person that actually does shoot someone for sttealing be4cause after all that is exactly what you are saying happened. This is dishonest journalism at best.

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Posted by Mrapp on 04/12/2014 at 8:04 AM

Re: “The Gerlach verdict and the value of stuff over people

"According to many barstool pundits in the weeks following, and now seconded by a jury in Spokane County, killing a person as they steal property is legitimate self defense."

It certainly is, if he refuses your order to cease and desist and submit to arrest, and that is the only way to stop him --- regardless of arbitrary and frivolous decisions to the contrary by this state's Supreme Court.

The property he is stealing represents part of your life --- the hours, sweat, and talents you have invested in creating or acquiring it. In the case of an automobile it can be a significant part, and its loss can reduce the quality of your life substantially. You have no duty to passively surrender that property and absorb those losses on the specious ground that the thief's life is "more valuable" than your property, or on the even more specious ground that you are somehow responsible for the thief's behavior because as "a member of society" you have failed to provide for him. You had, and have, no duty to provide for him.

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Posted by gmorton on 04/12/2014 at 8:02 AM

Re: “The Gerlach verdict and the value of stuff over people

"Unfortunately, our justice system's focus on punishment and isolation over treatment . . . ."

A criminal's fellow citizens have no duty to "treat" him or "rehabilitate" him. The criminal, like all other persons, is responsible for keeping his own behavioral house in order, including respecting others' rights.

" . . . .and our culture's devaluation of people who have made mistakes."

Robbing, raping, murdering, stealing from someone is not a "mistake." It is a planned, deliberate, conscious act. Persons who commit such acts have negative value, by any rational assessment of value, and the rational response to those acts is to remove their perpetrators from the community forthwith.

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Posted by gmorton on 04/12/2014 at 7:43 AM

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