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Re: “Ante Up

$200 per hour cannot be accurate. Hangers, insurance, certifications, inspections, repairs, maintenance and fuel. $200 is an unobtainable fantasy. Ask any helo pilot.

That is even ignoring the $Quarter Million in upgrades that was spent upon receipt of the first one.

Posted by True Justice on 01/23/2015 at 8:36 AM

Re: “A New Voice

Sorry to throw cold water on a very nice idea, but the business model has some flaws. First, Spokane County statistics show that only about 2% are black. That is a tiny population to draw readers from. Secondly, this is the age of the internet and there are many black news and social issue websites online. For free.

Unfortunately I do not think the life span of this publication will be too long. Why not just go online with the newsletter? The overhead would be only a fraction of publishing a hard copy.

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Posted by Gary on 01/22/2015 at 12:04 PM

Re: “Welcome to the New

Has anyone else got a glimpse of the exchanges between @Hansonworldwide and @spyderborg on Twitter? I live her in Spokane and they continue to hashtag Spokane. its the oddest conversation. fascinating and a little frighting. Would love any info on the story behind it. thanks

Posted by Memphis on 01/21/2015 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Path of Least Resistance

Of course Spokane Public Schools has to re-work the grading system - colleges & universities have been low-ranking SPS graduates for some time. How is it possible that little John & Sue have an A grade in Honors Algebra, yet they test into remedial math on placement exams at the college? Because they attend Spokane Public Schools, where the ability to "communicate" the process you used to get the wrong answer gets you a good grade...

The waste of money in SPS on bloated administration and their Wall Street-like salaries, coupled with the "constructivist" "Discovery" approach to education has ruined the chance for thousands of SPS graduates to actually get a degree in 4, even 5 years. They are forced to pay tuition for classes in math and English they should have already been taught. Remediation rates for the 77% of SPS students that manage to graduate are in excess of 95%...

Parents - You will get a ballot from Spokane Public Schools this week asking you to renew the Levy. Vote NO!

I hope, "For the Kids!", that Spokane voters will vote NO on the Levy.

Your NO vote will force the school board to ask the public what changes must be made to get the Levy approved. That is the public's opportunity to demand 3 things:

1. Levy dollars must go directly to the classroom & teachers. Not be spent on grossly overpaid administrators salaries downtown.

2. Math & English curricula, along with teaching approach, must change from the current failed approach.

3. As the McCleary decision and class size reduction funding comes from the state, the Levy must be reduced equally.

Voters have approved HUGE increases in education spending this last election cycle. To ask for $200 million in additional funding before the District knows what their "take" will be from these measures is simply foolish - unless all you are interested in is getting Mo Money, Mo Money, Mo Money...

Spokane Public Schools has a well oiled marketing machine, and a sympathetic local print media, to tell the public just how wonderful they are. They bombard us with what a tough job they have in this poverty stricken wasteland - yet they are "raising the bar" in education and preparing all the kids for post-secondary education. Yeah...

Of course, they can spin the numbers to reflect whatever they chose. The truth of how they are doing educating the children is to be found in the percentage of graduates who are forced to take remedial classes in math & English when they go to university, or a trade program.

Grab your wallets parents & taxpayers: More than 95% od SPS graduates require remedial classes in math & English!

"But, but, but - How can that be Junior? You got A's in Honors Algebra last year!"

Well, that was an A in a classroom where the students get credit for explaining their mistakes. You don't have to get the right answers to get a good grade - you just have to be able to "communicate" what process you used to get the wrong answer...

Until the Levy money is directly targeted at this issue - the public should vote NO on the Levy. I read elsewhere that this is called "holding the Levy hostage for change" I like the sound of that.

Vote NO on the Levy!

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Posted by brimjoh on 01/21/2015 at 7:32 AM

Re: “Culture Clash

Do illegal immigrants drain local resources, increase crime and increase the risk of terrorism? Forget about the demagoguery on both sides of the issue and report the facts. If Ms. Murray's concerns are supported by the facts, then perhaps she and those who share her concerns cannot be dismissed out of hand as bigots.

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Posted by muddydog on 01/20/2015 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Crossroads

why is a possible tenant allocated so much privacy when it comes to affecting the core of our city and it's ease of use?!?

ohhhh right, i forgot, corporations have more rights then "we the people"..

my bad...

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Posted by Zero on 01/19/2015 at 11:06 PM

Re: “Crossroads

Spokane scares off new companies ! Probably try and make them pay for street construction or pot hole repair before they move in !

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Posted by Chad Staples on 01/19/2015 at 10:15 AM

Re: “"Unnatural Causes"

I read this article and can say "shame on you" to Spokane justice system. This story reminds me of the OJ trial shame shame shame on you

Posted by Rosenart on 01/12/2015 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Unfinished Business

Don't let the door..... Burns was a patsy for the PD. Ineffective and overpaid. We should have hired a stuffed animal.

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Posted by Romeomoon on 01/11/2015 at 3:17 AM

Re: “Ante Up

True B.S. should do the research instead of pulling crapdooodle out of their backside. Email Oz and he will tell you. Its probably $200 per flight hour. Much cheaper than just renting a Robinson 44.

If all the illegals registered as Republicans the wall would be up next week.

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Posted by Romeomoon on 01/11/2015 at 3:15 AM

Re: “Ante Up

Have they even finished the fence/wall?

Posted by Sharon Morris Lewis on 01/10/2015 at 4:35 AM

Re: “Crossroads

It's Van Cleef & Arpels, right? I just knew it.

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Posted by Zelda Krup on 01/09/2015 at 3:22 PM

Re: “Shorty's Last Dance

This is a beautiful article. Thank you. And rest in peace with Myrtle, Delton.

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Posted by Virginia Hale on 01/09/2015 at 3:58 AM

Re: “Crossroads

Hey, who could object taking a pleasant, mostly pedestrian street and turning it into a narrow, darker alley filled with garbage cans?

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Posted by True Justice on 01/08/2015 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Ante Up

Unmanned, lightweight drones cost $12,255 per hour to fly.

Can you imagine what the Sheriff's heavy helicopter costs to fly? How many more deputies could we hire instead?

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Posted by True Justice on 01/08/2015 at 6:05 PM

Re: “Crossroads

We have no reason to trust the judgment of Mayor's office or DSP on these matters. Until they are willing to share more details with the public, they should not get any piece of the PUBLIC right of way.

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Posted by EdZuck on 01/08/2015 at 3:34 PM

Re: “A Little More Money, A Lot More Problems

Another session, another argument about raising taxes. Same as it ever was.

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Posted by muddydog on 01/07/2015 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Hearts and Minds

----Tackle the stigma surrounding mental illness

I would much rather tackle those people directing that term. You mean tackle the prejudice, say so.

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Posted by Harold Maio on 12/31/2014 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Paradigm Shift

There certainly has been much progress. There is no good reason to deny that we must keep evolving until an adult, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, monogamy or polyamory, race, or religion is free to share love, sex, residence, and marriage (and any of those without the others) with any and all consenting adults. Polyamory, polygamy, open relationships are not for everyone, but they are for some. The limited same-gender freedom to marry is a great and historic step, but is NOT full marriage equality, because equality "just for some" is not equality. Let's stand up for EVERY ADULT'S right to marry the person(s) they love. Get on the right side of history!

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Posted by Keith Pullman on 12/31/2014 at 8:21 AM

Re: “Game Changer

I have known Jan Quintrall just short of five years, when she was president of the BBB and through the Spokane Club. Yes, she is a straight talker and expects results from people. People above her, her peers and her subordinates. What is wrong with that? I think the world has gone too "soft", to the point where effective leadership is now questioned when candor is used in both professional and personal settings. Does she come across as direct? Absolutely... Jan also has a great sense of humor and is one of the friendlies people I (and many others) know. We also know she likes to get things done, and whether she is volunteering endless hours, working on a committee, or being paid by the City of Spokane, getting things done is her objective. Personally, I think this article was only half-written, because Daniel Walters did not spend any effort trying to find people that like Jan Quintrall and support her direct approach and find it effective in making Spokane a better city for all of us. If Jan Quintrall were a man, I don't think there is a story here

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Posted by JTF on 12/30/2014 at 8:58 AM

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