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Re: “Connecting the Dots

Last I checked Baumgartner did not grow up in Spokane, rather he grew up in Pullman most of the time. He didn't work multiple jobs here like a regular person. He opportunistically moved "home" all of a sudden to run for state senate and then US senate - OUT OF NOWHERE!

Seems like someone must have put him up to it. That or his private contractor career wasn't working out too well. We'll never know!

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Posted by Blasefaire on 09/03/2015 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Trick or Treaty?

It is just the same old tired and predictable column by this guy. Is there anyone else out there who can write a challenging and intelligent column?

It doesn't have to be a righty or a lefty but give us something other than this drivel.

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Posted by ptleahy on 09/03/2015 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Trick or Treaty?

Reagan signed treaties that had the ability to verify compliance. The current collection of idiots have written, drafted and approved nothing of the sort. To compare a "bargain" that gives a terrorist nation tens of billions of dollars to wage war against America and our allies and allows them to "self-inspect" themselves for compliance is utterly laughable.

Obama/Kerry bargaining is what Chamberlain accomplished before giving most of Europe to the Germans and letting relations dead spiral into world war II. The only thing worse than the bargain was the mass of idiots supporting the bargain. These very same idiots celebrate a Sec of State who left her Libyan ambassador to die in a terror attack, used private emails to hide her nefarious deeds and bribery schemes from government watchdogs. These idiots celebrate a president who refuses to follow laws of any stripe, who lies, deceives and is a lackey of socialist billionaires.

Cowards who beg for peace at any price, sell out their friends neighbors and countrymen. You can recognize them easily, they are waving good-bye as you are hauled off to the gulag.

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Posted by whocares on 09/03/2015 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Enough is Enough

Can the author explain what "the courts have not caught up" means? Should courts relax due process protections or the burden of proof for criminal defendants accused of sexual assaults? What is the author suggesting?

If one is accused of a crime, the burden is not on the defendant to prove his/her innocence.

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Posted by ptleahy on 09/03/2015 at 7:46 AM

Re: “Enough is Enough

To many college students exercise bad judgment. To many college students make poor decisions then blame others for their poor decision making. More than one court has ruled, consent given while drinking is still consent. When you get drunk/high/stoned and make poor decisions it is as much your fault and anyone else's. Take a little responsibility for your own behavior and safety once in a while.

If college students are considered so mentally incompetent after one beer that they cannot be trusted to make intelligent decisions regarding their own safety or behavior, they should not be allowed to drink under any circumstances.

If your judgment is so impaired that a mere whiff of alcohol makes your drawers hit the floor in the presence of any other person, you have serious problems. If a drink or toke makes you a sex fiend, maybe you should seek help. You have poor impulse control and should probably be institutionalized or undergo some sort of psychological retraining at the very least.

Every false report of rape after a night of drunken debauchery makes it that much more difficult for victims of actual crimes to be heard. Every false drama portrayed in papers like the Inlander and Rolling Stone makes it impossible for actual victims of crime to get justice.

Institutional cover-ups??? Are you kidding??? The REAL problem is the false narrative from the far left making justice for actual victims impossible. Duke Rape case anyone??

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Posted by whocares on 09/03/2015 at 7:37 AM

Re: “The Clouds Finally Part

growing up in the sawtooths and other areas of out great state, my hat is off to those who have the for-thought to protect what we got from those who want it for themself.
Great story.!

Posted by Pat Murphy on 09/03/2015 at 6:41 AM

Re: “Enough is Enough

The concern I have about colleges and universities investigating reports of sexual assaults is the total disregard for due process.

In addition, college administrators are not law enforcement and are not trained to properly conduct sexual assault investigations.

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Posted by ptleahy on 09/03/2015 at 5:59 AM

Re: “Enough is Enough

The heading says that too many students are being sexually assaulted, which implies that a lesser number of assaults would be acceptable.

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Posted by muddydog on 09/02/2015 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Connecting the Dots

Wow, clearly this article touched a nerve for some people. I think she's got a point.

We just lived through the greatest economic crisis in 100 years and people act like it is all over and we can just move on now. Um, no! This thing seriously messed with peoples lives in ways that we may never fully appreciate, especially if you are doing alright and have a job like she says. This did not hit everyone in the same way and that matters.

It is just like our country going to war in Iraq and it seeming like no big deal. The impacts of what is actually happening around us we are sheltered from. At least just enough so we don't begin to question them too much. This story is far from over. Like it or not this issue is not going away.

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Posted by Tera Bankston on 09/02/2015 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Trick or Treaty?

Reagan famously said that when dealing with belligerent Russians, America should trust but verify. And he didn't mean that the Russians could unilaterally set the terms of verification, which is what this deal would allow the Iranians to do. The left was wrong about disarmament then, and it is wrong today. And for the record, attacking the motives of critics of the deal is willful dishonesty and stupidity. It is possible to dissent based on the merits of deal and not just because of partisan politics.

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Posted by muddydog on 09/02/2015 at 8:36 PM

Re: “When Sharing Isn't Caring

The simple FACT is that no one "planted drugs" on Mike Brown. Mike Brown was in FACT in the midst of a crime spree when he was confronted by a person we actually pay to protect us from people like Mike Brown. A policeman, a paid public servant, sworn to enforce laws and catch robbers, drug dealers, thieves, rapists and the other cream of liberal society.

Cry all you want, your thug got killed by a policeman he was trying to beat to death in a public street.. This has nothing to do with "Jim Crow", 3/5ths of crap or any other garbage you spit into peoples faces.

This week in Chicago, a dozen black men were murdered by,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,black men. You could have cared less. Your false outrage over the death of a thug, makes you a joke of a human being.

Posted by whocares on 09/02/2015 at 12:14 PM

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.

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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.

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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

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