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Re: “Culture is Identity

Dan is completely right, as a developer in Spokane, the major reason young people leave straight out of college is the pay. Companies around the area are unwilling to pay to hire people whereas in Seattle, Portland, or San Fran they do. Spokane can get better at attracting young people by attracting businesses that will give them culture, and wages worth sticking around for.

Spokane has all the makings of becoming a tech and cultural powerhouse in the area. We have 4 colleges that push graduates out into the region, we have cheap property, electricity, a growing downtown culture that's attractive to young people, and a relatively low cost of living. The only missing piece is attracting businesses to the area that want to pay a decent wage to hire good talent.

Posted by Daniel Fockler on 09/29/2014 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Med School Shuffle

Every institution on the state's west side is dismissive of Spokane at best and frequently pejorative. UW's response to having a medical school in Spokane was predictably dismissive. However, UW also wants to perpetuate its monopoly on medical schools and can't abide the thought of competition, especially from the provincials. For Spokanites and those persons east of the Cascades, there's only upside to a medical school in Spokane, and if WSU wants to put it here, bully for them.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 09/26/2014 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Real Solutions

Empty, meaningless words. How long will spouting that nonsense keep you in office? We shall soon see!

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Corey Douglas on 09/26/2014 at 4:06 PM

Re: “A Better Way

Life would have been peaceful in Gaza if Hamas hadn't launched rocket after rocket into Israel and tried to send death squads into Israel through a system of tunnels. Palestinians will have peace as soon as they (or at least Hamas) are peaceful.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by muddydog on 09/26/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “Real Solutions

Way to go Cathy ! Tell off that sanctimonious guy who looks like Capt. Ahab.

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Posted by Al on 09/25/2014 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Real Solutions

Dude, zombies make going through the motions more convincing than anything you said here. Try at least. Good Lord!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ellen Larson on 09/25/2014 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Real Solutions

This piece reminded me of stereotypical and banal ball player-speak...we're a team, we're all in this together, I'm going to give 110%, etc.....nothing of substance whatsoever.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jim on 09/25/2014 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Real Solutions

be a politician- good gig.
How about term limits and a flat tax?

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Posted by Mark Momb on 09/25/2014 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Real Solutions

Pretty weak response. Same government-is-evil tripe being peddled by her extremist right wing while infrastructure crumbles and big business skims our money supply and middle class wealth into the pockets of executive crime lords immune from prosecution. No details about the legislation makes me wonder if it is just feel-good window dressing to avoid the embarrassment of a historically unproductive Congress that skips town more often than a check kiter while constituents would lose their jobs for such behavior.

What can't be denied is that she has participated in unprecedented levels of partisan obstruction to block compromises and please true believers of no government, entrenched special interests and tax loophole preservation. She has engaged in Mickey mouse pledge-signing stunts to rob constituents of a place at the table and directed her energy to moving up the chain of command instead of accomplishing real progress. She has aligned herself with an outside agitator who has expressed contempt for our form of government, even asserting that it should be drowned in a bathtub. This is the kind of reason she thinks is constructive. A difference in philosophy about government doesn't justify shutting it down with temper tantrums to appease anarchists.

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Posted by George Wilson on 09/25/2014 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Rethinking Jails

Anytime a Democrat starts by saying "everybody agrees" you can bet that what follows is bunk, and the only way they can convince you that their ideas should be followed is if they first convince you that there are no other options. Also, see "the science is settled."

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Posted by Larry Spencer on 09/25/2014 at 9:08 AM

Re: “Land of... Whatever

...What kind of party is this?
The political kind
Where Amerika's best
Most hypocritical minds
Taking their turns
to keep you deaf, dumb, and blind
And for the right dollar sign
Do white collar crime
Behind suits and clean shaves
They confuse ya and use ya
As tools and slaves...
Made schools the graves
And jobs the plantation
Then robbed the damn nation...

Posted by Tea Billy on 09/24/2014 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Real Solutions

I have been following Cathy’s work history, listening to her public statements and reading her press releases since the last election. This editorial seems to have the same lack of any detail while claiming heroic effort for us, her constituents. Remember Cathy’s public statement about Bette in Spokane and her claim that ObamaCare made her a victim of the law. How about the press conference on March 24th titled “Solutions to Get America Back to work” that had a slick marketing text but no details or action plan. How about Cathy’s Republican address on April 12th where she again talked about long-term plans for jobs and economic growth. Again there was no details and when I wrote her asking for details I only get talking points about how Republicans are working so hard to provide jobs and economic growth. If I provided my boss a business plan that was simply I was going to make the company lots of money and didn’t have any actionable items, I would be fired. Cathy’s list of claims goes on and on about what she is going to do. I vote based on facts not claims. I hope everyone takes to time to research what Cathy has claimed and really done over the past six years she has been our representative. I plan to vote against her come November.

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Posted by sethompsllb on 09/23/2014 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Real Solutions

By the way -- gotta love the headline on this piece: "Real Solutions." Real Orwellspeak is what that is.

Additionally, I trust that since the Inlander has loaned our incumbent an entire pre-election column in order to respond to criticism, it will extend the same courtesy to her challenger. I look forward to reading Mr. Pakootas' remarks in these pages.

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Posted by citizenvoter on 09/22/2014 at 2:55 PM

Re: “Real Solutions

So Cathy. You're not a "loyal spear-carrier"? Then what have you been doing standing insipidly aside in every photo-op on the Hill in recent memory? And what were you doing as you parachuted into town last summer with Eric Cantor in tow merely to raise money? Less than 48 hours notice about your Spokane Town Hall appearance. This summer it was the Pink Flamingo Fundraising event with Newt Gingrich at your side. http://thelastofthemillenniums.wordpress.com/category/cathy-mcmorris-rodgers/

Many of your constituents aren't buying the McMorris fairy tale any longer. Your time in office needs to come to an end so that the Fifth once again has a voice in Congress (dysfunctional as it is).

16 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by citizenvoter on 09/22/2014 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Real Solutions

Outside of naming the Spokane International new Control Tower, you have had only one bill passed in your tenure benefitting Eastern Washington and that bill was for a study on the dams on the Columbia River. It was your desire not to pull down the Snake River Dams to protect the salmon runs. Way to go Cathy! What a loser. Thomas Watson, Disabled Veteran.

11 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Thomas Watson, DAV on 09/21/2014 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Real Solutions

How's keeping Fairchild viable with the new tanker fleet going Cathy. You're no Tom Foley. Thomas Watson

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Posted by Thomas Watson, DAV on 09/21/2014 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Real Solutions

What a joke she is! The female poster child for the J Boener. She and he have voted against every meaningful Veterans assistance bill that has come up during her tenure. Meanwhile she photo ops for every Veterans issue that comes along. I'm disgusted with her and the people that continuously re elect her. Thomas Watson, totally disabled Viet Nam Combat Veteran and Forgotten Heroes recipient, Spokane, WA

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Posted by Thomas Watson, DAV on 09/21/2014 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Real Solutions

Cathy McMorris Rogers continues her disingenuous ways. Her column did not address a single issue that many of us have with her and her behavior in Washington. How in the world can a leader in the House of Representatives continue running lazy campaigns as a perpetual "Washington outsider?" She is part and parcel of the new GOP; far more interested in alarming their base with endless calls to fear about what America has lost rather than how we can still secure a decent future for the people of this country. She consistently votes in a manner that is harmful for many residents of the 5th District so she can continue to cozy up to ideological nutjobs in her party who have paralyzed politics in America. She has broken faith with the people she claims to represent and no longer deserves to be our "outsider" in Washington DC. This is not about conservatives and liberals folks. This is simply about arrogance, power, and the continual use of misdirection to hide behind conservatism while punishing voters with nitwit policies that have harmed this district and this nation while keeping the ideological fires at full burn. It is time to see through this charade and throw Cathy out of Congress. In her leadership position, she has helped to make Congress what it is; fat, lazy, overly partisan, and completely ineffective.

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Posted by dlburr on 09/21/2014 at 6:12 AM

Re: “Real Solutions

Blah blah blah from Boehner's favorite photo-op mate and resident of CA ... a shameful "representative"

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Re: “Sustained Discussion

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Posted by Tony Bill on 09/20/2014 at 12:45 AM

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