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Re: “Connecting the Dots

This isn't so much an article as it is a rather amateurish piece of self-promotion/branding under the guise of "comment" journalism, which is rather interesting given the fact that Ms. McKay seems to have replaced Mr. Baumgarten as the newest author of the now-obligatory "young up-and-coming lifelong Spokanite with Important Things to say" column.

If Ms. McKay wants to actually address this issue and others like them, then in the future she would do well to avoid following in Mr. Baumgarten’s footsteps by finding it necessary to provide a self-aggrandizing laundry list of her local cultural bonafides in every single article before ever writing anything substantive. What could have been an insightful article instead reads like the “About The Candidate” tab on a political campaign website. At this point in time, most of Spokane (or at the very least the Inlander’s readership) is quite well aware of what Terrain is, and her or Mr. Baumgarten’s involvement with that undertaking is of little relevance to an ability to write intelligent and digestible policy analysis and cultural commentary. Name dropping Lisa Brown and spending the rest of the article conveying to us a story of how you saw a wounded veteran once does not a piece of journalism make. Cut the Thomas Friedman act, you’ll be better for it. Referring to yourself as a "middle-class young professional" (circa 2011 no less! A yuppie at such an early age!) in a manner that suggests that we should be impressed that you were able to step outside your privilege bubble is especially off-putting.

If this is what passes for young writing at The Inlander, then I worry for its future. That the Inlander staff continues to let "articles" such as this go to print without realizing their inherent self-serving banality serves as an indictment not only of Spokane's ongoing case of "Big Fish/Small Pond Syndrome," but of this editorial staff's worrying tendency in recent years not to do its job when it comes to its opinion writers more generally. To wit: Ms. Dolezal's faux-blackness aside, she was a terrible writer; pull four of her articles up in separate tabs, move paragraphs around. Seriously, try it. You'll see what I mean.

All this being said, I have no doubt that Ms. McKay is passionate about this and other causes. I read this article in the first place because the title and the first paragraph suggest that she will tackle an important topic. Given that, she should stick to the policy problem in question. Furthermore, the editorial staff should ensure that she and other writers do the same, instead of granting individuals use of the pages of an essential local newsweekly to increase their name recognition in the community carte blanche at the expense of actual journalism. Anything else makes it difficult for readers to take these articles seriously in the future, which undermines the work of those who want to tackle these problems. The author's mini-resume is included at the end of the article anyway, so why not let the writing speak for itself?

Spokane is at a generational crossroads, and as a fellow young born-and-raised Spokanine, I believe our ability to actually be honest with ourselves and discuss these issues instead of throwing around vague platitudes will determine a lot about the city's future. The Inlander, like it or not, needs to step up to the plate and take reasoned, well-researched stances. Vacuous, anecdotal and self-promoting articles such as Ms. McKay’s simply don't help. If those were all I wanted, I would go read George Nethercutt.

Posted by Spokoutlander on 09/01/2015 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Connecting the Dots

Which we are you referring to?

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Posted by cbryan on 08/31/2015 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Process of Elimination

George, Which of these men stands and speaks for common people rather than business interests and PAC's who fund their campaigns? When "Your candidates" can speak out for People's Rights rather than corporate rights, Only Then, this former GOP'er will consider your "candidates."

Posted by patwick on 08/30/2015 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Connecting the Dots

Hopefully the series of articles will amount to something more than handwringing and a plea for higher taxes. We're taxed more than enough already, thank you.

3 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 08/30/2015 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Connecting the Dots

Your article is complete gibberish.

If you have a problem with the state budget, tell us about the problem.

What is your vaporous problem with the "revenue system" that funds our state? We have the highest taxes in the region, when is enough, enough? How much money do left-wing blood suckers really need? How much of our incomes should be seized and used for the "greater good"? Is their an actual limit?

The political left voted for an initiative that "reduces class size" and promises all sorts of ethereal things for school. It did not of course, fund any of it. We could reduce class size to one on one and schools would still turn out idiots by the dozen. At no time is educational or intellectual improvement part of the socialist equation. Spokane spent hundreds of millions of dollars on new and improved schools, the new Ferris H.S. is as nice as Harvard and it still produces idiots and employs bad teachers who are guaranteed jobs for life regardless of performance.

The ethereal "fully fund education" is another joke played on taxpayers.

That vet that haunted might just have needed help with his budget. Maybe SNAP could help with his power bill, an Obama phone could end his cell bill , a reduction in smokes and liquor and some food assistance could get him on track?

As far as that disabled kid, maybe you should give his mother this pamphlet? http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10026.pdf

Or maybe this little tidbit of information would have been nice? A child with a disability can attend school until he/she is 21 or the end of that school year.

"the superintendent of public instruction shall require each school district in the state to insure an appropriate educational opportunity for all children with disabilities between the ages of three and twenty-one, but when the twenty-first birthday occurs during the school year, the educational program may be continued until the end of that school year. "

RCW 28A.155.020

There is an endless stream of help available to anyone with no desire to work or an actual need. Every day billions of dollars in taxes, fees and fines collected by every local, municipal, state and federal government branch or agency. It is out there waiting to help the needy or enrich the lives of the sick, lame and lazy. You just have to sift thru the gibberish and double talk to get it to those in need.

I think the budget is HUGE and the waste is massive, duplication is endless and bureaucracy is utterly unresponsive to the needs of the citizens of the state. That is the problem.

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Posted by whocares on 08/28/2015 at 10:45 AM

Re: “When Sharing Isn't Caring

The main divide in this case keeps popping up. In a country where police falsify reports(proven), plant drugs(proven), spew racial slurs on cam (proven), throw out witness/testimony incriminating to them. In this case particular: Officer Darren Wilson was a part of a police unit in Jennings, MO that was removed for racism(not a lot of you guys bringing that up), but with all those types of things happening it makes what a lot of you call "facts" , "evidence", "witnesses said", etc... People on the other side are very skeptical of these so called facts, witnesses when it's all done behind closed doors and in house. Throw words like "grand jury" , 'evidence corroborates' etc around and to some it's case closed while to others its all from the same system that gave you jim crow, 3/5 compromise, rampart scandal, the list goes on of reasons why a certain population or some ppl in general don't take everything the "system" spits out as altruistic and correct. If they'll plant drugs on young black males to meet a quota or just because they don't like them, and then write up a bogus report. Why is it so far fetched to mold a case behind closed doors to defend an officer in this country? None of us were there so it could be EITHER way!!!.. BUT to act like there's no way the "system" could ever do something shady in a case like this and dismiss any rebuttle is very intellectually dishonest given the stuff we KNOW to be true about police corruption/ wrong doings in this country. Just be honest

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/24/darren-wilson-jennings-police-department_n_5704133.html

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Posted by Larix on 08/26/2015 at 1:53 AM

Re: “The New Normal?

Yes, we need to elect people who are intelligent, and get their info from science and not "old time religion", and this applies to population control as well.
I don't know how many times I've been driving behind a car here in town, and some idiot throws a lit cigarette out the window. I don't think it would be extreme at all to have these people summarily executed on the spot, as an example to others who are just as ignorant and stupid, just to keep them out of the gene pool.

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Posted by funkutron on 08/24/2015 at 5:59 PM

Re: “When Sharing Isn't Caring

ALL LIVES MATTTER.

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Posted by Loppy on 08/24/2015 at 4:02 PM

Re: “When Sharing Isn't Caring

Wow. What a false story that only clueless liberals would believe. The guy was a criminal, plain and simple. The "hands up don't shoot" quote was a proven lie.

What a disappointing article.

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Posted by Elvis on 08/24/2015 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Out of the Rough?

Greetings.
Thank you for presenting the background on this. When you get a moment, would you please correct the spelling of Gary's last name?
http://www.pga.com/professionals/gary-lindeblad-pga
Sincerely,
Eric

Posted by ProudTiger on 08/20/2015 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Trumped-Up Politics

What mystifies socialists is that people enjoy Donald Trump and for all of the bluster, they find him far more believable, trustworthy and likeable than the criminal element they call their political leaders. Truth be told, he is far more liberal than most democrats and far more reasonable than most republicans in the field. He is middle of the road and he loves his country, two things despised by the left.

What they fear is he might get elected, demonstrate true leadership and guide the nation from ruin to prosperity. Socialism fears prosperity more than a good education. If people go to work and increase their personal wealth it will destroy their dream of a drug addled population utterly dependent on social programs for their survival.

There is a reason socialists/democrats advocate for legal drug use for children of all ages, sexual deviance and releasing our nations worst criminals back onto the streets. They strive to create a world of despair, misery, poverty and shared hopelessness.

Trump can do as he likes and he cannot be bought for the price of a Happy Meal, unlike a Clinton or Uncle Bernie.

10 likes, 26 dislikes
Posted by whocares on 08/20/2015 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Process of Elimination

For the next article in the series, I think the first name of "Dennis" is actually "John."

And we won't learn anything about candidate #17, George Pataki?

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Posted by DavidGreen on 08/20/2015 at 1:26 PM

Re: “The New Normal?

The real sad part of this story, is that the writer does not have any idea of how hot or cold it is in Death Valley, no idea if we have more or less fish in the river than we did 75 years ago and no clue when it comes to proclaiming this the worst drought, fire season or driest winter.

100 years ago the fires were massive and burned from Spokane to Montana, killing hundreds of people. There have been massive wildfires as long as there have been trees, grasslands and forests. It has been drier at least five times since 1900 and the river has flowed far lower during the summer many times since 1880. The real facts are that socialists at the Inlander have absolutely no clue when it comes to most of the issues of the day, they simply want to bang the drum of socialist ignorance.

If the "new normal" is ignorant reporters, spouting misinformation in order to shill for their socialist party masters, we are already there my friend.

13 likes, 33 dislikes
Posted by whocares on 08/20/2015 at 7:33 AM

Re: “The New Normal?

"An insensitive time to inject politics?" No such thing at the Inlander.

11 likes, 27 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 08/19/2015 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Trumped-Up Politics

Trump is inexperienced and is getting by with glibness, but no Democrat can credibly complain about that after "hope and change."

9 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 08/19/2015 at 11:07 PM

Re: “Walk This Earth

Dubdub's response is so wacky it doesn't even warrant a response.

I'm just glad this author is bold enough to talk about the social impacts of racism in a personal an accessible way that invites other people to reflect on how their experiences might be radically different from her own. Spokane really is uncomfortable talking about race (as the other commenters evidence) and the only way we are going to get more comfortable with our differences and be able to embrace our common humanity is by talking it out just like this.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Amanda Kindly on 08/19/2015 at 8:15 PM

Re: “The Sanders Surge

Bernie is yet another in a long endless line of leftist half-wits who continually convince the sick, lame and lazy that they can shuffle their way to wealth by taking it from those who work hard, pay their bills and save for retirement. Promise something for nothing and watch the democrats line up.

The problem is that everyone of either party in the "political class" is their job is to serve their rich masters, even Bernie is a slave to Soros. Obama has suffered two major election year defeats and lost control of both houses of congress for his party and nothing has changed, absolutely nothing.

Nothing was repealed, no Obamacare repeal or fix, no fix for illegal immigration, no border fence, no spending control, no reform of anything, anyone or any industry. No Keystone XL pipeline is being built, no government lands opened to oil or gas exploration. Trillions in new debt and no end to new debt in sight. No hope of higher wages and no chance of new high wage jobs.

If you vote for Hillary or Trump or Bernie or Scott Walker,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,nothing will change, absolutely nothing. The Koch brothers will still golf with George Soros and Bill Gates will still stay at a Trump resort for billionaires on the holidays.

The only difference is that with Bernie at the helm, if you work, you will go broke paying taxes to support those who choose to not work. Energy prices will sky rocket, your retirement account will be seized by the government to further fund social security and your (real) wages will decline faster than ever. A flood of illegal immigrants will engulf our nation and crime will rise as the socialists empty prisons and allow the criminal element of this nation to run wild. America will become a socialist sewer, covered in a haze of dope smoke and lorded over by a socialist elite that is completely above the law.

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Posted by whocares on 08/19/2015 at 12:41 PM

Re: “When Sharing Isn't Caring

Reporting false facts is bad. Purposely omitting germaine true facts...also bad. Shame shame shame, shame for everyone. Of course on the one hand you've got a pack of Facebook idiots and a crazy uncle Larry, and on the other hand is the Director of Education for The Society of Professional Journalists (la-dee-da).

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Posted by ChihuahuaRage on 08/18/2015 at 11:01 PM

Re: “Walk This Earth

I really do not understand her bio comments.

What is a "survivor of the child welfare system"?

Socialists/progressives constantly advocate for child welfare, welfare and government control of child rearing. As a matter of fact, socialists in Great Britain are advocating for seizure of all children and forced incarceration in state run boarding houses and schools until their 18th birthdays. Government run child welfare schemes are considered far superior to actual parenting by a mother and father in leftist circles. Her success as a leftist writer is a testament to the programs success.

Why is "born into poverty" a problem?

Andrew Carnegie went from abject poverty to the richest man on earth in his lifetime, Bill Gates has done quite well from modest beginnings and rising from poverty is/was the American before socialism became the order of the day. Poverty is an arbitrary income level since the 1960's, it does not mean hunger, homelessness or lack of education or opportunity. If anything, poverty insures a free college education, food, home and clothing for life. Combined with being female and native American, "Poverty" means you get the gold standard in free stuff from every state local and federal program that exists.

I guess it was that 3rd grader picking on you that really crushed you for life? I imagine it must be tough to carry that millstone, the scars of 3rd grader teasing. I wonder where I would be if I had let a booger eating idiot set my life's course when I was 9 years old?

You know what I love? Not people's quirks, differences or worldviews actually. I love it when they can make their way through life without blaming every setback, failure or negative comment on racism or "white privilege". I love it when people (especially those legally in America) go to work, earn a living and succeed at life. I want to live in a nation where hard work, family, financial responsibility and a balanced budget are not something to be criticized or belittled, they are to be envied and emulated.

Can you be "authentic" and still blame everyone else for every slight all the way back to 3rd grade? I think the word you were looking for is "Pathetic".

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Posted by Dubdub on 08/18/2015 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Dumpster Diving

I can only imagine living in a hotel room. That must have been really cramped. Thanks for the post! http://www.fdsdisposalinc.com/services/residential-services/

Posted by Melody Brown on 08/18/2015 at 11:25 AM

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