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Re: “Steep Learning Curve

We appreciate all of the services available to our children. As addiction assessments determine treatment levels, therapies can be designed for various intensities. I can't imagine anyone making a major change in their life in 15 days, however. Please continue to work collaboratively to help the children.

Posted by Anne on 09/24/2016 at 12:53 PM

Re: “OK, Hold Your Nose

There is the hard truth of what is at stake regarding the presidential choice. Even if you have to vote somewhat against your principles in that matter to avoid a crisis, you still have plenty of opportunity to get your message out about the direction you want your country to go. This you do by voting in the local, state and congressional candidates that align the best with your principles/ convictions. So if for instance Hillary wins, but the Congress goes in favor of a congress far to the left of her, I'm sure Hillary will get the message and has to govern accordingly.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by ruth on 09/23/2016 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Trump vs. Jesus

Your dad should vote for President Obama as a write-in. He can look at it as a political Hipoccratic oath: Do no harm. He avoids voting for candidates with whom he disagrees, and there's no chance that President Obama can be reelected. Win-win.

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 09/23/2016 at 2:38 PM

Re: “Trump vs. Jesus

"So, Dan, your parents are going to vote for the PROVEN liar and quid pro quo queen instead of the bombastic billionaire?"

Nope. They aren't voting for either.

Let me put it in Obama terms: "Let me be clear: They reject this false choice."

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Daniel.Walters on 09/23/2016 at 8:14 AM

Re: “Trump vs. Jesus

Fantastic article Daniel, really helpful in moving away from the caricature of conservative Christians as mindless Republican drones and into challenged, thinking, compassionate people.

8 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Asher Ernst on 09/22/2016 at 7:58 PM

Re: “OK, Hold Your Nose

The saddest statement of our local political culture is that it took 3 people to write this crap. As I had suspected all observations about Trump were snarks and all the observations about Clinton are attempts to not reveal the evil nature of her character and past. Just pathetic! Do you journalists--a thoroughly defamed profession--really think you have accomplished your aims by putting out this crap? People despise the profession of journalism--after it collectively helped lie the American people into a 5 trillion dollar debacle. If journalists say they like something the public will dislike it and vice versa. A journalist lying can be counted on to be the fact in almost every circumstance these days and it is only their hubris that will make them think that sharing their wretched opinions will sway the public in any manner that is not contrary in nature. lol

The statement about Pence controlling the foriegn and domestic policy of this country is absurd. The campaign had obviously picked the VP candidate that would bleed the fewest neo-con fascist voters. I doubt he will have any power after the election even if he plans to be the next DIck Cheney. Pence is not that diabolical and Trump is not nearly the dupe that dubya was..

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by lysander on 09/22/2016 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Base of Support

A public institution football coach has no business endorsing political candidates and it's wrong for the Inlander to request his opinion. Mike Leach was hired to coach football, not to use his highly paid position to influence hundreds of young college students. In fact, the whole Base of Support section was confirmation that neither Republicans or Democrats are going to cross party lines, nor really look at the candidates qualifications to lead our country. What scares me is that in all the conversations about issues, science and the environment is missing. As voters, we need to consider both candidate's stance on climate change, the EPA's role in regulation, air and water quality for future generations, and who they will appoint to enforce our country's environmental laws. Keep this in mind when you vote and also keep in mind Leach needs to control his recruits, not pontificate on what makes America great. John Roskelley

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by johnroskelley on 09/22/2016 at 4:24 PM

Re: “The Messenger

If you actually read the Southern Poverty Law Center's "report" you'll find the disclaimer that the survey it is based upon is "not scientific" (their wording) because the respondents were not chosen at random.

Furthermore, "Teaching Tolerance," the wing of the SPLC that created the survey, states clearly in the "report" that it reaches "more than 400,000 teachers a month," and yet the entire report was built on results from only 2,000 anonymous responses.

Either 398,000 teachers ignored the email survey or the SPLC cherry-picked 2,000 reliable people who would give the "right" answers.

The whole point of the SPLC promoting a "survey" that even they admit is flawed is that it allows them to agitate their mostly elderly, mostly Progressive donor base while skirting the strict IRS rules that prohibit 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations from endorsing or denouncing candidates running for office.

http://wp.me/pCLYZ-s4

Once again, another SPLC "report" turns out to be a marketing ploy.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Richard Keefe on 09/22/2016 at 6:39 AM

Re: “Crash > Click > Cash

FIRST, please note that Mr. Sweetser does not have clean hands and this article seems more like an attack on a firm who is more profitable than him then a legitimate care for the community. Here are some articles relating to his time as the Prosecuting Attorney of Spokane - you shouldn't throw stones if you live in a glass house Mr. Sweetser! http://www.spokesman.com/stories/1996/nov/17/sweetser-assailed-applauded-stretched-prosecutors/
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/1996/nov/06/sweetser-warns-employees-theyll-be-fired-if-they/
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/1995/dec/25/union-says-sweetser-double-crossed-them-promises/
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/1995/feb/22/sweetser-pledge-at-issue-in-court-fired-workers/

Craig Swapp is one of the nicest men I have ever met. Please research your facts before pointing fingers. I have worked for attorney's since I was 18 and I am now in my late 40's. I have vast experience with horrible attorneys and Mr. Swapp is not one of them. He truly believes in helping the little guy. He sends out monthly newsletters to his employees talking about helping people and how important it is to help people who don't understand insurance and the system - to be there for them during this horrible time in their lives. He personally takes to time to know each employee and make them feel special. He is one amazing person and attorney.
A lot of the cases we took while I worked there were cases no one else wanted. Mainly because the victim wasn't hurt badly enough to obtain a huge settlement and/or award. For example, two people were in an accident and one was badly injured but the passenger wasn't another firm in the area ONLY took the more lucrative case and left the passenger dangling!!! (note the Craig Swapp and Associates took the passengers case)
This article also attacks an employee, Marissa Ibarra, who is a wonderful person and does a wonderful job - to single her out and attack her for doing her job is LOW and VILE! The writer of this article should be ashamed for their twisting an honest person's words.

(note: I only ceased working for Craig Swapp because I moved out of state)

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Funluvn70 on 09/21/2016 at 2:25 PM

Re: “Water fight

And all this time I've been de-chlorinating my aquarium water. I am really glad to find out our water has not been tampered with by chlorine or fluoride. I figure those who want it can buy it in toothpaste or as a treatment from their dentist. Me and my fish like it clean.

Posted by votie 2013 on 09/21/2016 at 3:30 AM

Re: “Last Call

Yeah this is BS.
Kratom is saving lives and does exactly the opposite of what you quoted above. It helps people get off of heroin not go back to it.
I'm an online vendor also. Just north of Spokane near Chewelah. Some of my customers that I talk to today on Facebook Messenger won't be around in 6 months because of this. They will relapse and most likely eventually overdose.
This is 100% Big Pharma driven.
They've now become the drug dealers purveying their poisons legally while us smaller vendors who are helping people get off these drugs are now being pushed out all because of financial motives. The sick thing is that they don't just want MOST of the money, they want ALL the money. And it matters not to them who gets hurt or dies in the process.
This needs to be stopped.
This fascist government needs to be stopped.
Also it is IMPOSSIBLE to die off of kratom. Those 16 deaths were from other substances that people mixed with kratom.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Brendan Ward on 09/20/2016 at 6:25 PM

Re: “Bank Shot

What begs the question is how much each affordable housing unit costs to bring to conclusion. I've heard most
of that money or a very substantiAl part is to pay middle class grant writers, or the "affordable housing civil service."

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by True Justice on 09/20/2016 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Man vs. Wolf

The Wolf People woman is delusional. The words loving and wolves should be separated by light years.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Dennis D on 09/18/2016 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Man vs. Wolf

A recent NG program favoring wolves was totally lacking in objectivity. And let's not overlook the New Mexico caged school bus stop protecting small children. If wolves are no threat why did authorities kill a wolf near a Jackson Hole neighborhood? Wolves killed 18 elk in one evening without even eating them. We need aggressive wolf hunting. Cougars and bears do not hunt in packs and decimate game herds.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Dennis D on 09/18/2016 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Man vs. Wolf

The Wolf People woman is delusional. Wolves and loving do not belong in the same universe.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Dennis D on 09/18/2016 at 11:30 AM

Re: “On the Move

I grew up in Northeast Spokane...well I grew up in Hillyard. Which part of the area is a "food desert"?

1 like, 5 dislikes
Posted by ATate on 09/16/2016 at 10:36 AM

Re: “School's Out, Forever

UMM. No, its definitely the prices. Those who voted Yes wanted more stores and convenience, we didn't want a jacked up rate for this accessibility.

7 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by buba o'reilly on 09/15/2016 at 8:29 AM

Re: “Young and Homeless

Again and again if we as a society will stop demonizing taxes to the rich, and impliement programs that will help teen and well as others within the spokane sphere as it were, instead of inter, and the checks and balances that need to be implemented, can we spokanites go far.

8 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Rhonda Cromwell on 09/14/2016 at 2:00 PM

Re: “School's Out, Forever

The end if ITT.

Thanks Obama.

2 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by WAKE-UP-Ds on 09/13/2016 at 3:04 AM

Re: “Young and Homeless

My heart goes out to all these youth who are stuck in the middle of a ‘dang if you do, dang if you don’t’ system. Youth are the most vulnerable of all and it is a shame that there must be so much red tape to pass through in order for these youth to find a home that will offer stability and a caring, loving relationship. There should be a THIRD choice somewhere for these youth if the biological parent cannot be found and the foster care system won’t take them. Please, someone, come up with something so these youth will not be on the street or turn to drugs to fight depression. Many years ago, I had quite a few youth pass through my home. This was without the system and only one parent was ever involved of all the teenagers. One of the teenager's mother tried to commit suicide and that teenager needed a place to stay while his mother worked things out and got her life together. The foster care system wouldn’t take this teenager; he was too old for Crosswalk; the homeless shelter was not considered a safe option for him. So he came to stay with me. This ended up being a one year stay. The mother was ever so grateful as was the teenager.
These youth just knew that my door was opened if they ever needed a place to stay for a while. A lot of them wanted more than just a place to shower, lay their head or food on the table. They wanted love; to know that someone cared. I had many pass in and out of my abode. Working things this way was a 99 percent success rate. From this group this came an EMT; firefighter; law enforcement; military personnel; business owners. Yes, there was the one who struggled with a heroin addiction who disappeared in the middle of the night, never to be seen or heard from again. However, the success rate far outweighed the one failure. I might not have had a lot to give but at least I could give them love and care. Many of these teenagers eventually found their way back home. I moved away for a while so doing this came to a halt. I am sad that this system for the youth is more broken than ever. I took a lot of them in for this reason. Had these youth, some of them nearing aging out of the system, not had a place to stay, they might have turned to drugs or ended up in jail. These youth didn’t have MONTHS to wait until a biological parent or a home could be found. They didn’t have time to idly sit by and wait for someone to do something. They still don’t. By then, it might be too late.

10 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Sakura on 09/12/2016 at 11:10 AM

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