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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.

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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Posted by Amanda Kindly on 08/19/2015 at 8:15 PM

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