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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: “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:
Thank YOU!

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

Re: “Inside the Donut

There's another middle missing in Spokane. We have a bit of an age gap. Spokane seems to be made up predominantly of people in, or nearing, retirement, and young people working minimum wage jobs as they pay their way through school (hopefully). Then the young flee to a good paying job in another city. What can Spokane do to attract good paying jobs? "Careers"? What can Spokane do to retain the people it is educating at so many local college campuses? Come up with an answer to that question and malls, restaurants, and other businesses in the middle will have a healthy future in Spokane.

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Posted by Dan Halen on 04/06/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Vesting Interests

As someone who once supported the mayor, this decision changes my mind.

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Posted by Winston Hemphill on 04/05/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Inside the Donut

This opinion piece is poorly researched and very anecdotal. While European countries have had much slower GDP growth, the main reason has been a poor monetary policy response from the European Central Bank due to pressure from fiscally conservative member States. The U.S. responded to the slowdown with a much more vigorous stimulus package and aggressive interest rate policy which has helped us to recover much more quickly.

While I believe the rich in our country are under taxed, the unfortunate reality of the shrinking middle class is that we are seeing a technological and globalized shift in work. This shift is disproportionally hurting workers doing manual labor in developed countries and rewarding the smaller educated skilled service industry base in those same countries.

Unfortunately, no one really has a clue about how to alleviate this problem.

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Posted by lego on 04/04/2014 at 12:07 PM

Re: “The Greater Good

I appreciate the optimism that GSI might hire a person into a position of authority who could bridge the gap between the pro-business argument (rhetoric) and the pro-business reality. It would certainly be in the region's best interest as well as GSI's own. Let's hope that that person applies for the job, that he/she is recognized/hired, and then ready to do some heavy lifting.

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Posted by miles on 04/03/2014 at 11:14 PM

Re: “Vesting Interests

Thanks, Luke Baumgarten for Spokane’s most quotable quote: “Being a city of choice means making choices”.

How true. Despite platitudes from the Homebuilders Association, the Mayor, the County Commissioners and the city’s daily paper, sprawl comes at a huge cost, and not only the cost to taxpayers of building water and sewer lines to illegal, far-flung developments. Without a growing population, Spokane’s choice to subsidize building on the outer fringe is a choice to suck resources from city neighborhoods, saddling them with derelict schools, shuttered stores, poverty and crime.

If anyone thinks derogatory jokes about “Spocompton” are confined to our city, you haven’t spent much time in other Northwest cities, where I hear that little dig and others like it way too often. Among larger metros, we are the region’s economic laggard with good reason, much of it because we leave our city’s core to rot while sending our limited money—and population—to the outer edge. Detroit, here we come.

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Posted by David on 04/03/2014 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Inside the Donut

Isn't it interesting that the countries cited as having poor GDP also have massive social welfare programs that they can't really afford? And the one country with expanding GDP (Iraq) doesn't? Is it possible that a government's redistribution, ostensibly to alleviate poverty, actually exacerbates it? Any intellectually honest policy maker would at least be willing to consider the outcomes of particular policies, and change them if the policies are ineffective, or, worse yet, destructive.

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Posted by muddydog on 04/03/2014 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Vesting Interests

In Spokane, there's more demand for suburban space, and updating rural infrastructure is cheaper than updating urban infrastructure. If you want things to change, you have to look at what has worked in other similar towns. Portland has a lot of incentives to not even own a car, and live downtown. The Max and bike friendly options where there BEFORE change came. Now they've added a street car.

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Posted by Dan J on 04/02/2014 at 2:36 PM

Re: “A Hate/Love Relationship


The past five years I've functioned, too, as a “Spokane Consultant” giving the advice “I hate it here!” There is a running list of at least 500 reasons why I want to move from Spokane, most of which I will researve and focus just in response to the article A Hate/Love Relationship: When Spokane Disappoints, Why Stay? By Taylor Weech in Vol.21#22, issue last week, March 2024, 2014.
When I reflect on my five year plus endeavor to live amongst the “community” of Spokane, I am infinitily frustrated at the lack of sense of “community” within this city named Spokane. Just look at the Spokane Public Market, where I got one last cup of coffee, before they closed into a ghost like empty building, that Taylor Weech “hates with fervor.” A “community” being built on gentrification and alcohol glorification, just look at my neighborhood, the “South Perry District” for example.
The “planning communities” have turned our once kid-friendly neighborhood centered around a park named “Rainbow Park” by the kids and an elementary school, which houses K-5th grade, into a complete alcohol bar spraw on all four corners around our kids everyday walkways. The coffeeshop, once known for plenty of toys and kids play area, always good company, has turned into another bar stand where the coffee no longer flows. Our neighborhood had the best breakfast joint named South Perry Cafe, that we always shared a warm experience over cast-iron roasted potatoes falling off the edge of your plate. So delicious and again, crayons and paper for the kids. Due to rent increases in the neighborhood, they got bought by a neighboring bar and no longer can we share that community space. Our local yoga studio use to have classes for the youth, no longer! Our neighbors are being pushed out of their homes due to gentrification. The years pass and less children play on the streets, turned over to rich elite looking to buy up a piece of “culture” and move into money-wash the neighborhood with alcohol sales, high end retail stores and fancy eateries. If this is the kind of growth as a “community” that Taylor Weech encourages then, NO; I don't want her planning my community experience either. A “community” does not mean to have a bar within 10 minutes of walking home.
As a newbie to Spokane, I too, got involved with KYRS-FM to find a “community” in a new town. The inability to create a brand name in Spokane, with such potential resources avalible, made me begin to wonder what does happen at these “community planning” meetings. Our long running joke of KYRS, K-Your-Radio-Station turned to KDAR, K-Dead-Air-Radio keeps our spirts up. There needs to be growth and outreach for the local “community” radio station, much alike examples set by other “Community” radio stations like KEXP-FM (Seattle) and KBOO-FM (Portland), which both I've had the pleasure of working and learning from a long history of commitment and dedication on maintaining a solid station identity within a given community. Not felt at KYRS-FM, sorry.
So you ask, When Spokane Disappoints, Why Stay?, it boils down to economical reasons, as Taylor Weech quotes, “I've been able to live in amazing places,...,for the price of working part-time.” As too, the economies of the world continue to force our stay in Spokane, but it ends there.
To create something new in this “vacuum” it will take more than “community” spirited individuals. No matter who moves into Spokane, they will be rejected, so don't blame your disassociation on the out-of-towners (even after 5 plus years of residence). And to those whom just moved here (again 5 years ago), don't worry about the “locals”, the conversation ends when they find out you didn't go to high school in Spokane.
I'll hold the remaining 400 reasons why I don't care for Spokane and give you the answer that there remain dreamers and the youth will be able to grow into their world. As adults, let's start thinking what “community” means and what “community” feels like and how “community” can transform assumptions and precursers to the past into a sphere of acceptance and growth as individuals toward a common goal of love, not hate.


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Posted by me in spokane on 04/01/2014 at 6:17 AM

Re: “A Nutty Gun Policy

Incidentally, re. Ms. Dolezal's portrayal of Idaho has some racist hotbed where black people simply are not safe:

We lived in Phoenix AZ for over twenty years, including back in the heyday of the whole Hayden Lake/Aryan Nations thing. When we moved to Spokane in 2008, we stopped for lunch in one of the small mining towns east of CdA, and the first thing I saw when I walked into the fast-food joint was a young mixed-race couple eating their meal and holding hands.

That was one of MY first impressions of the "racist" Idaho panhandle, and it has stuck with me ever since.

Posted by Frank Golubski on 03/29/2014 at 8:39 AM

Re: “A Nutty Gun Policy

Tim Hamm: "How does one defend oneself with a pistol without harming a human being?"

The reason for possessing a weapon for self-defense is to either STOP THE THREAT of criminal violence, or to STOP THE VIOLENCE once it has started. Defenders commonly accomplish the first by either telling or showing aggressors that they have a gun and are prepared to use it. This is often enough to STOP THE THREAT by persuading the aggressor to either flee or surrender.

But if circumstances are such that the attack has already started, the defender must then fire the gun in hopes of stopping the attack. This is best accomplished by hits to the attacker's vital organs or central nervous system, which is why defensive firearms trainers urge their students to aim for the attacker's center of mass (torso). Even still, bullets are not death rays -- they do not instantly cause death on contact.

But still, if the violent criminal DOES die, so what? His blood is on his own hands, not the defender's.

Tim Hamm: "When used correctly in the situation it is designed for, it ends a human life."

Incorrect. Although it CAN end a human life, it doesn't necessarily HAVE to. It is often up to the criminal whether or not he chooses to continue his illegitimate and unwise course of action. Commenter John Fadein addressed your misconception well: It is the ABILITY of people to use guns to resist deadly force with deadly force that makes them so effective for their intended purpose, which is DETERRENCE.

Posted by Frank Golubski on 03/29/2014 at 8:25 AM

Re: “A Nutty Gun Policy

"Rachel Dolezal"? You wouldn't be the same "Rachel Dolezal" who, according to the Spokesman-Review ("Rights educator finds noose on porch of Spokane home," 9/24/09), keeps a Glock 9 mm and a .357 Magnum revolver to protect yourself following an encounter with skinheads, would you?

"Self defense for me, but not for thee," huh?

Posted by Frank Golubski on 03/29/2014 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Learning Latin

One of the main problems that I see with the current argument regarding growth is that the same people who argue for less government continue to force government to expand in every way for their own profit and purpose - beginning with geographic expansion in this case. "They" want to be able to do what they like with their land with all the amenities of services provided and maintained by someone else. When will this hypocrisy be fully exposed for what it is?

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Posted by miles on 03/28/2014 at 9:51 AM

Re: “A Hate/Love Relationship

i have been thinking about this article today. mostly because i live south of 50th. and HEY! i freaking love it up here. dont blame people for living.

but that isnt the point i know. i am actually really surprised that this article was printed. it is nothing new and somewhat juvenile. it is a printed version of the same conversation people have been having for as long as i can remember conversations about spokane. "spokane sucks, you know why? no jobs. also all the people who dont suck leave.. but there are good things about it... if someone would just do something" usually that someone is someone else.

i will tell you what will never change about spokane. that conversation.

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Posted by Jacqueline Senouci on 03/25/2014 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Road to Relevance

What's an id? Id iot that you're too dumb to program this computer with logic? "The answer is in the question." Wiggentree is me, Judith Lee Maibie, Eulesss, Texas 76039 (Former married name until 1994, Collignon.)

Posted by latebloomer on 03/24/2014 at 5:40 PM

Re: “A Hate/Love Relationship

Love it, Live it, Learn.

Spokane For Life.

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Posted by Colin Stuart on 03/24/2014 at 1:30 PM

Re: “A Hate/Love Relationship

I know where the writer of this article is coming from. although I don't hate Spokane. I loved Spokane for 7 years. I moved from Latin America and it was the first place where I lived in the U.S.. I loved living in Spokane: the seasons, the relative tranquility, the friendliness of the people, the beauty of the landscapes surrounding the city. Even the arts scene, the music, the breweries, open mikes, and the sense of wonder and possibility. But there was something that was required for me to live in Spokane: I needed to be OK being poor. I was poor the entire time. The last 2 years I spent there I was playing overtime in Spokane. At some point I went from being completely independent to being virtually homeless. I will admit it was due to my own bad decisions. There was no room to make bad decisions, and opportunities for growth in my field were limited. That's OK, it's a matter of scale. If you can make it in Spokane, it's a great place to live. If you're getting by, opportunities are limited.

Posted by Benicio Galvez on 03/24/2014 at 12:06 PM

Re: “A Hate/Love Relationship

on one hand, this column is great in that it calls out and brings to the forefront the issues that should be widely discussed with the community. i plead her to offer more specifics, because that is when change actually occurs. on the other, i completely agree with many of the responses on this thread that what we have here is perfection thriving within imperfection. spokane is so wonderful for what it is. i'm 23 yrs old and have been spokanite for the majority of my life now. i found a job right out of college here in our community. yes it's beautiful and close to nature and summer is renewing and incredible here. it's not for everyone. but those who choose to find and pursue the beauty know of its greatness. i'm young, but i know that i'm lucky to to have the world at my fingertips while remaining here in spokane. i can go anywhere from spokane, but it's the best feeling to return home, where traffic is practically nonexistent and a river is a two block stroll away from my cheaply rented downtown apartment. we can improve, but it takes time and money. we need to encourage more young people to continue their efforts, otherwise any hope of an improved arts scene is out of reach.

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Posted by Danika Pariseau on 03/24/2014 at 10:54 AM

Re: “A Hate/Love Relationship

"I hate seeing the passionate young people around me leave because they don't think they can feed themselves doing the things that they love here."

It is a recent phenomenon that people are somehow entitled to support themselves "doing what they love." What the hell does that mean? I love classic rock and golf, but that doesn't mean I expect it to pay the bills. Hipsters who think they are entitled to a comfortable wage earned via a hobby like photography or painting need to grow up and join the real world. If you had this attitude 200 years ago you'd have starved - now our government handouts are so over the top that they actually pay recruiters to sign people up for more benefits.

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Posted by wags on 03/24/2014 at 9:14 AM

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