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Re: “Mothers and Leaders

I'm excited about the opportunity to learn more about women that paved the way for me and my children. The few black women that I know a little about where taught to me by my mother, not the public school system that would like to credit itself for my "education".

Posted by Tamara Jameen on 01/24/2015 at 2:10 AM

Re: “Say 'No' to Fear

Billy, Billy, Billy. So many words, but nothing clever or interesting to say.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 01/23/2015 at 8:27 PM

Re: “Say 'No' to Fear

Roughage? Does grilled parrot-with broccoli count? Or might that imply a self-directed request for something more than thread-pirating self display in a comment on an issue demanding substance in opinion and action? (But, speaking of self: cool move, that, muting the whining while congratulating yourself for not whiningly self congratulating!) I think this exchange comes down to your "Avast" being not very a-vast: what that parrot is doing down your shirt while you smile must is vividly analogous to what a frivolous post by a guy playing pirate and addressing my diet does to a thread treating an important issue.

Coffee? Don't drink it, matey. As we say on the bounding main, "One pirate's 'stimulated' is a thinking sailor's 'relaxed.'" But belay that: on the other hand, if one digs for treasure, maybe that crusty three-cornered hat implies that doing work now defaulted to immigrants has given you not only Hallowe'eny affectations, but some understanding of their value and plight, and sympathy for the pittance they're paid (as little or less than a moonlighting pirate might make). Stifle the luff and keep them skinny timbers shiverin', laddie! (Word to Polly; hope she gets over the runs.)

By the way: don't sign the petition: its title is bogus. What it really is asking you to do is kill the American Dream, which always has been the trust of newcomers to this country.

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Posted by Bill M on 01/23/2015 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Say 'No' to Fear

@Bill M.

More roughage and less caffeine, bro. That'll help with your attitude and sense of humor. And yes, I can dig it, man. Done most of those groovy things in my life, and without any whining, self-congratulation, or sense of victimization. Had a parrot on my shoulder and a smile on my face, though.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 01/23/2015 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Say 'No' to Fear

@Bryce Leming: Unless you happen to be Native American, you're descended from immigrants of a type a "native" should be and was afraid of: one who ignored local rights, customs, and even lives. Fortunately, the kind of immigrant in focus is the kind that wants to benefit from our society--not to mow it down and impose another. And the "space" the "original natives" now have doesn't compare to the space those early immigrants (better called "genocidal invaders") stole--right after that nice, mythical, turkey dinner.

@muddydog: You sound just like Gray Davis, the deposed governor of California. He claimed that "illegals" cost California $3 million in social services--now that was a colossal lie of omission: what he omitted was that those same people contributed $90 million in value added to the state. Take your sword and pirate hat out there and strip a roof, wash a ton of dishes at midnight, do a tear-out for a remodel, or get your Aar out and swash your buckle at a tree nursery, if you can dig that. And if not, who will? Where will the owners of those businesses get their profits? Or for that matter, where will you get the loot to pay the much higher prices the related enterprises will have to charge for just about everything you buy legally? (We all know that pirates "buy" through secret channels.) You're standing on a lot of shoulders for the privilege of yo-ho-hoing and waving your sword.

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Bill M on 01/23/2015 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Say 'No' to Fear

Fear huh? I'm afraid of spiders, not immigrants. There is enough space in Spokane for legal immigrants to coexist with us natives. Not the original natives of course...they have their own space.

1 like, 7 dislikes
Posted by Bryce Leming on 01/23/2015 at 7:26 AM

Re: “Mothers and Leaders

This lack of awareness of what really happened in American history will continue unless common core standards are amended to include study of history and civics. We need to also value physical health, science and the arts. At this point what gets tested is what gets taught.

Posted by cbryan on 01/22/2015 at 10:57 PM

Re: “Winter Scenes

As a wildlife advocate and having to deal with the extreme hatred towards wolves and all wildlife in Idaho it seems that your State won't be happy until all the wildlife is gone. I mean really, how many of those animals you listed in this article have you been able to actually observe out in the wild lately? Probably very few. Idaho should be embracing non-lethal methods to live with predators. And embrace the millions of dollars of income to the State possible through wildlife viewing. People want to see wildlife in their natural settings and your all missing the boat on all the possibilities of new businesses surrounding the industry. Yellowstone wolfwatchers and other wildlife viewers bring in 35 Million a year to surrounding areas of the park. Live animals pay way more than dead ones shipped to russia and china for fur coats.

Posted by Candy Copeland on 01/22/2015 at 1:39 PM

Re: “Say 'No' to Fear

If the author is suggesting that illegals who have been apprehended should be released if they have extraordinary swordsmanship, I completely agree. Americans have lost their swashbuckling traditions, and it's high time to reclaim them. Aar!

P.S. The cost of illegals comes at state and local levels due to increased educational and health care demands not paid at the federal level.

8 likes, 9 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 01/22/2015 at 8:35 AM

Re: “People vs. Machines

John, thanks for your article. The title indeed says it all. We've allowed "solving" traffic to dominate our dialogues as communities for far too long. I look forward to a day when everyone has to pay for the transportation system they claim to want. That would hasten the reality check.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ian Rasmussen on 01/21/2015 at 1:49 AM

Re: “Completing the Comeback

Actually it was Ronald Reagan that said the best social program is a job.

Posted by Billy on 01/20/2015 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Completing the Comeback

Pipe down and get me some fries.

Posted by muddydog on 01/18/2015 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Completing the Comeback

This is right on! And backed by fact. In fact, raising minimum wage always has the effect of boosting the economy. It just works. Republican politicians have a documented record of voting against pay raises, and it's squarely out of tune with the reality we're seeing, even presently in our own state. I'm not sure what all conservatives actually "conserve", but one thing they seem bent in conserving and preserving, is poverty and wage inequality. They get an F in science these days, and an F in economics too.

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Posted by graham on 01/18/2015 at 8:01 AM

Re: “Completing the Comeback

Convinced the government can fix economic problems? Just have the President issue an executive order that the economy must improve.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by muddydog on 01/17/2015 at 4:55 PM

Re: “Mothers and Leaders

I'm committing myself this year to reading diverse authors, as well as learning the history that is NOT taught in schools. The stories and lived experiences of Black and Brown women are necessary, yet are hidden in plain view. Everyone needs to do the real work of learning the whole story and history of any event or time period- not just the story told by those who hold power.

“No other group in America has so had their identity socialized out of existence as have black women... When black people are talked about the focus tends to be on black men; and when women are talked about the focus tends to be on white women.” --bell hooks

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Posted by shalberstadt on 01/16/2015 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Managed By Rifle

It was a deceptive scheme the McIrvins cooked up, along with WDFW officers. An WDFW officer was informed of the poaching of 2 pack members by these same "ranchers", and he passed on the info, not to enforcement, but to the ranchers. They all collaborated to collar and set up the pack, as an excuse to continue the slaughter "legally", upon realizing someone discovered and reported their poaching. I know. I am the one who reported it.

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Posted by Destina Principessa Deus Absconditus on 01/16/2015 at 7:34 AM

Re: “Mothers and Leaders

I didn't learn about any of these women until college, when I either stumbled across them on the internet or was taught about them in African American Experience courses I went out of my way to take. They say history is written by the victors, but I think it's more than that. History is re-written by the current power-majority to reflect its own idealized image of itself, excluding the marginalized or minimizing their contributions in retrospect, regardless of their contextual significance.

This re-writing of history is so severe that college classmates of mine have argued that the reason more women and people of color aren't included in high school history textbooks is because they didn't do anything of significance. This kind of ignorance--which is the fault of American history curriculums--perpetuates notions of black and female inferiority by obscuring the achievements, triumphs, and societal contributions of these groups.

With a few exceptions--a "tired" Rosa Parks, a lantern wielding Harriet Tubman--black women are portrayed as victims: slaves, single mothers, helpless servant girls, downtrodden domestics. Growing up I would rather have learned about women like Maria Miller Stewart, a powerful preacher who spoke before integrated audiences in the mid-1800s, or intellectual powerhouses like Anna Julia Cooper, who attended college, studied Greek, and eventually completed all the work necessary for doctorate by 1924.

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Posted by Jaclyn Archer on 01/15/2015 at 2:14 AM

Re: “Mothers and Leaders

Rachel Dolezal the short article you wrote I truly enjoyed reading it. It is always a pleasure to read about women power simply because is not mention as much as it should be. Dr. Martin Luther King's Day is in a couple days and all I hear is King's Day and I have not heard Rosa Park. Rosa Park she was a strong empowering determined women who planned and organized the action when she refused to give up her seat. She did an action that risked her life, but most importantly a voice for women. Rosa Parks reminds me Dolores Huerta she is an activist someone who was in the movement with Cesar Chavez, their movement was to fight for migrant farm workers. However who was behind the scenes? Dolores Huerta was she organized for Chavez. Comes to show women take action, but are never given any credit. Mujeres (women) are the key component of any circumstances where it regards action, Si Se Puede!!!

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Posted by Stephanie Fuentes on 01/15/2015 at 1:21 AM

Re: “Webb For President

Conventional wisdom is that Hillary is too far to the right for the Democrat base, many of whom would prefer Senator Elizabeth Warren. Webb is to the right of Hillary on at least some issues. If the conventional wisdom is correct, Webb has no shot at the nomination.

Posted by muddydog on 01/13/2015 at 11:40 AM

Re: “All In For 2015

Jan sounds like an insecure manager that bought a slug of business books like "Coaching for Results" and everything Jack Welch ever "wrote." She's trying all those business best practices on city hall and is surprised that the consultant mojo doesn't map over to govt. Wouldn't surprise me if she's getting coached by Susan Meyer. I bet there's a Christian fundamentalist church connection involved. Telect...Colorado Springs. Probably a religious angle in there somewhere but that's just a guess.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Zelda Krup on 01/12/2015 at 12:07 PM

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    • I'm excited about the opportunity to learn more about women that paved the way for…

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  • Re: Say 'No' to Fear

    • Billy, Billy, Billy. So many words, but nothing clever or interesting to say.

    • on January 23, 2015
  • Re: Say 'No' to Fear

    • Roughage? Does grilled parrot-with broccoli count? Or might that imply a self-directed request for something…

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    • @Bill M. More roughage and less caffeine, bro. That'll help with your attitude and sense…

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