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Re: “Crash > Click > Cash

Jim Sweetser one of great attorneys. He will be missed.

Posted by Romeomoon on 07/23/2016 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Starting Small

"Tom Robinson, a member of the Spokane Homeless Coalition, says that if a village of anything tiny is going to be built, it should be tiny huts, not tiny houses."

I wonder how tiny of a hut he lives in.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Ubnauxush on 07/22/2016 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Stealing Washington

It's amazing how such a promising country can have such promising and prospering options with positive outcomes but a few hundred miles away and it's the exact opposite.

The common factor is addiction, solve the drug problem with possibilities for improvement instead of just locking them away and watch the criminal rating of a lot of crimes drop, rather then just property crimes.

Posted by Ubnauxush on 07/22/2016 at 9:22 PM

Re: “Crash > Click > Cash

It is also worth noting that the Swapp firm had to tender a very sizable legal malpractice claim a year or two ago to their malpractice insurance carrier. The Swapp firm is what is known among ethical attorneys as a settlement mill. They cannot and will not get appropriate settlements.

Note further - when Craig Swapp started his firm he was not licensed to practice in WA. It was an ethical violation to do this.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jake Z on 07/22/2016 at 2:50 PM

Re: “Water fight

You know what else is poisonous? Oxygen, but in low concentrations and mixed with other elements it's called air, and it keeps us alive. I'm neither for nor against fluoridated water. For me, I have lived in areas with and without fluoride in the water. My biggest concern is the financial cost to the city and consumer. But please, enough with the hyperbole. Fluoride is no more a poison than oxygen.

Posted by Diana A on 07/22/2016 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Battle in the 6th

A Republican campaigning in Birkenstocks? Oh, the humanity!

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by muddydog on 07/21/2016 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Chorus of Critics

I've seen these four guys on the campaign trail a few times. They have this schtick where they appear to exit an impossibly small car while wearing baggy suits, floppy shoes, and plastic lapel flowers that squirt water. Very droll.

7 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 07/21/2016 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Chorus of Critics

Jake and the inlander hate Republican Cathy McMorris Roger ...Check.

Somehow I don't think he would have the same criticism for the been in DC so long they forgot which WA they are supposed to represent Senators. Remember Cantwell the millionaire who ran against Big Money but took it the second she swore in and Murray the Mom in tennis shoes going to DC to change things but ended up being exactly what she ran against ... a pants suit wearing partisan Hack.

Wilson ??? Ya right he will be a moderate for about a second before Pelosi squeezies his boys and he will fall right inline .

11 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by CommonSense on 07/21/2016 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Chorus of Critics

Joe Pakootas, Dave Wilson, and Krystol McGee
The best of the Spokane dems you see
Their skills need some tweaks
None of them can speak.
They can't unseat the Queen of the GOP

8 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by InlanderMysteryPoet on 07/21/2016 at 5:14 AM

Re: “One Shot

The apple and the tree. No respect and no sympathy. This is not a case against "the system."

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Hammer Six on 07/20/2016 at 8:33 AM

Re: “Bitter Pills?

Your writer needs to do some fact-checking. Blood glucose levels (for monitoring a diabetic, among others) are reported in milligrams/deciliter. The units you quoted make no sense.

2 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Dr C on 07/18/2016 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Battle in the 6th

Love who we currently have in the 6th. Hope Holy is reelected

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Posted by Mark Davison on 07/18/2016 at 1:55 AM

Re: “Water fight

Science, I guess your right it is scientifically proven that flouride is poison. Just look on the back of your tooth paste. It will say contact poison control if swallowed. My advice is find a toothpastest with no flouride. Dr. Dan if you really happen to be a doctor please do some research so you can stop poisoning your patients.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Doresearch on 07/17/2016 at 2:47 PM

Re: “Lane Ends Ahead

I saw same fiasco take place in West Seattle. "Improvements were made to California Ave.of the business district. After years, of low business and abusive meter vultures preying on patrons, the street adjacent to Calif, Ave. was rebuilt to handle business and bus traffic.
It took years for businesses to recover or shops to be filled. One doesn't transform a major thoroughfare in one swoop without having contingency plans to reroute traffic and parking....DUH!

0 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Proactivator on 07/15/2016 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Lane Ends Ahead

I think it will be great for all the antique shops on Monroe to be on a more walkable street--aesthetically, functionally, and safety-wise.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Hannah Bartholomew on 07/15/2016 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Imam Wanted

These Brothers Do not really need an imam. they are not serious unfortunately, they have too many problems within the heads of the board members. they have invited some of the most serious imams who were willing to lift up the community but they were joking,
the whole ad should be removed from the internet.
may be they want an imam who is a prophet.
I hope this is a wake up call for them, this is not their private mosque, it is a responsibility before Allah Almighty and they better fear him, instead of the stupidity and idiotic views they have. the mosque should be for the spiritual growth.

Posted by Ahmed on 07/15/2016 at 4:58 AM

Re: “Bitter Pills?

Let's be real! Naphcare requires minimum hiring standards that include an application, reference check, background check and interview. County jail nurses were only hired after a long process that typically lasted 1-3 months. The process included not only the elements mentioned above, but also an integrity interview, polygraph, and a physical which included blood draws, urine screening, vision/hearing testing, spine check and chest x-ray. A process that most people who applied had failed at in one area or another. When you lower the standards for the applicants, than you will obviously get a higher number of employees who are hired. Yes it's nice to have sufficient staff. Every area of nursing has experienced shortages, and the jail is no different. Generally state laws make it so nurses are not required to work overtime. This is largely in part due to the fact that worn out nurses make errors and patients have suffered or been killed in the process. Jail nurses however are MANDATED to work extra shifts. And what do they get for working day in and day out in an environment that people wouldn't dream of working in? The county hired an agency and the nurses who once received at least a decent medical plan and retirement benefits package, get left in the dust. Hopefully Naphcare will also take over the mental health department if they are going to be taking over medical. The current management consists of a woman who has a masters in counseling, although the jail doesn't offer counseling to inmates (but they do hand out crayons and flat screen TVs)! The mental health manager is the highest paid in the state in her class, yet there isn't enough money to pay for mediations and needed services. Furthermore, medical staff is managed by correctional Lieutenants with little to no medical background. These officers are making medical decisions and have in the past attempted to force medical staff to perform tasks against their medical licenses or what they felt was unethical, simply for convenience. Congratulations to the Sheriffs Dept! A giant step towards not having to take any responsibility 😃 but then again, maybe you weren't responsible in the first place.

7 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Letsbereal on 07/14/2016 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Battle in the 6th

Jake Thomas has a typical Inlander lack of understanding of Spokane and state politics.

The office of state rep is a difficult one. It takes cooperation from a majority of 97 other members and a solid understanding of large budgets. Otherwise, the elected becomes nothing but a drone for the party leadership; not a representative of their district for which they were elected. Basic stuff dudes....

Viewing the candidates through the lens of aforementioned rubric, and analyzing their career history, the task of identifying the best candidate for the 6th district becomes simple.

Ian Field: Former congressional aide to Cathy McRodgers.
Communication skills: = Good. former PR aide.
Large Budget skills: = Nonexistent.
Life experience and maturity = Low due to age (26) (Awful website)
Loyalty: Cathy McRodgers, Kevin Parker wing of the Spokane GOP

Lynnette Vehrs: Retired nurse, Instructor, labor union leader.
Communication skills: = Excellent. College level Instructor, union representative.
Large Budget skills: = Nonexistent.
Life experience and maturity = High, retirement age. (Nice website)
Loyalty: Labor Unions and Spokane Democrat party

Mike Volz: Current Chief Deputy Treasurer for Spokane County
Communication skills: = Excellent. College level Instructor, large office manager.
Large Budget skills: = Excellent. CPA, MBA decade+ of large budget experience.
Life experience and maturity = High. 50+!about-mike/qn8z1 (Good website)
Loyalty: Consecutive wing of the Spokane GOP

Samuel Canty: Small Business Owner
Communication skills: = low
Large Budget skills: = Nonexistent.
Life experience and maturity = Low, 27.
No website. Facebook
Loyalty: Republican party.

Barry Pfundt
Communication skils = High
Large budget skills = Non existent
Life experience and maturity = high 42 lawyer.
No website. Facebook
Loyalty: Democrat party, --Envision Spokane wing.

Conclusion: Only Mike Volz has ANY large budget experience. Most of the other candidates have great communication skills, but without large budget skills, they are nothing but a vote for the party leadership.

We already have enough drones in Olympia.

We need someone who can actually mange a multi-billion dollar budget and represent the good people of the 6th district.

Politics is not hard Inlander; it only takes some study and reason to find the answers....

15 likes, 11 dislikes
Posted by Was Moses Lake, now Spokane Valley on 07/14/2016 at 7:17 AM

Re: “Running Dry

Does anyone know who to contact in looking to purchase this property

Posted by Michael Johnston on 07/12/2016 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Lane Ends Ahead

From my observation of this development over the past two years, I'm supportive of the plans. All businesses on North Monroe were surveyed as well as invited to a presentation soliciting their opinions. The majority of those who were in attendance were very supportive after the meeting. I'm sorry if those who are now becoming vocal were not in attendance, and feel left out. Of those businesses who responded to the in-person surveys, all of their comments were taken into consideration.
The concern of the Spokane Transit Authority busses blocking traffic has been addressed by the STA at, if I recall, two Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood Council meetings so far. One of the solutions proposed by the STA representative involved prepayment of tickets at the sheltered stations.
The time lost by being behind one of the busses (without ticket prepayment) was also studied, and amounted to about 45 seconds or less (if memory serves without looking at the meeting minutes), which is less than the average delay of a traffic light (120 seconds, from searching online, but shorter for an arterial like Monroe versus a side street).
The traffic on North Monroe was reported to be less than two thirds of the volume that warranted a 5-lane arterial (according to a City representative from about 2 years ago), so one lane in each direction shouldn't cause a dramatic decrease in traffic due to time lost. On the other hand, if it will deter the lead-footed speed-demons that just want to pass through the area at 35-40 mph, good riddance. (Sorry for the offensive comment).
In the article, Snyder was addressing the concern of one particular, vocal business owner who wasn't mentioned by name. That businessman did go the extra mile by attending the meeting between business owners (and managers) and the city officials which took place at the conference room of CSL Plasma. I agree with Snyder in that I never notice that business when I drive up Monroe, so he probably gets his traffic from loyal customers, rather than spontaneous, starving drivers who are traveling in the right lane, slow enough to notice him, and looking off to the right (except to avoid tearing off a mirror).
For the launch of North Monroe's "revitalization," pedestrian safety and the opinions of the neighbors (from two in-person community workshops) were what started the ball rolling, but the City of Spokane already had a concern about the age of the sewage and stormwater pipes that are very old. The street would need to be torn up in order to replace them, and it is financially ideal to have multiple departments work together on a street at the same time (the plumbing below the street, and the sidewalk replacement and lane dividers simultaneously).
On that topic of funding, after a significant amount of the plan was developed, the West Quadrant Tax Increment Financing (WQ-TIF) Committee (I hope I typed that correctly) initiated the matching funding for the redevelopment of North Monroe, because of the long-term benefit it would also produce for the Kendle Yards residents. That was the seed for additional funding. Many thanks to the WQ-TIF for their investment.

15 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bryce Morrison on 07/12/2016 at 3:11 PM

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