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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: “Age of Zaycon

As someone who hasn't made a decent living in over two years, hearing "it's easier to hire charming employees and teach them to drive trucks than to hire truck drivers and teach them to be charming" is really reassuring and gives me a bit of hope. Seems like a great boss and it's great to hear a start-up doing well, especially a local one.

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Posted by JE on 09/01/2015 at 2:33 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: “Brick by Brick

Parking always sucks!!!

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Posted by Teresa Juneau-Simon on 08/31/2015 at 9:21 PM

Re: “The Final Countdown

"Well man, that's just like your opinion."
....and as we all know....everyone has one.

Posted by Courtney Kane on 08/31/2015 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Brick by Brick

Wow! So much change is happening!

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Posted by Lauren Skiles on 08/31/2015 at 2:49 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: “No One is Safe

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Posted by Comfort Joy on 08/28/2015 at 2:25 PM

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: “Hopeless for Heroin

People need to join together to change laws and take action against this national epidemic.The only national group that is working to do this is Shatterproof Join online and help provide the resources needed to help our children.

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Posted by Donna on 08/26/2015 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Ozzie, Creach and Craigslist

Since when is ok to kill a innocent man?

Posted by Robin Hood on 08/26/2015 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Manufacturing Fear

Ozzie is an ass! The tsar of Spokane. He is the terrorist! I'm sure anyone one that works for him would agree!

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Posted by Robin Hood on 08/26/2015 at 7:45 PM

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: “Home Grown

Looks like they will be doing away with dispensaries and just doing recreational.

Posted by Michelle Anderson on 08/25/2015 at 11:36 PM

Re: “Auto Artistry

Funny, I ran across this article while looking for some lost art... I had totally forgotten about it... for anyone interested in what ten years later had in store for me, here's a quick run down... I eventually quit the big brown truck to design full time, and have done lots of it.. magazine cars, show cars, even hot wheels cars, and I eventually did move to California:)
check out my work here :) https://jeff-allison-drus.squarespace.com

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Posted by Jeff Allison on 08/25/2015 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Running Dry

I miss Wild Waters so much...I wish they would re-open it too...

Posted by Miranda on 08/25/2015 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Manufacturing Fear

Did the Sheriff feel compelled to his statements, simply because of his personal hatred for State Representative Matt Shea? Or is it because he thinks that Rep. Shea is behind the call for his resignation? Or is it a deflection, a "Wag the Dog" to deflect the Public outcry for a REAL citizen oversight committee that ISN"T hand selected by the Sheriff?

The naive writer doesn't realize that he was played, in order to fuel this hatred and to intentionally spread fear. That's what a smart bully does. The writer was used to spread fear, to smear an enemy, and to smear those wanting a recall.

You were played. You were used, Inlander. And this time, not just to line the bird cage, ...

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Posted by Brian Weitzel on 08/25/2015 at 7:22 AM

Re: “Hopeless for Heroin

According to the Spokane Police Dept., arresting the young addict is not the answer - please, PLEASE someone tell our family what is! If every treatment and detox facility in the state are "voluntary" or "unsecured", what are we, the loved ones, supposed to do as we watch a once beautiful, vibrant person, whose brain is so consumed by the devilish substance that they either don't want to quit or actually believe that they can "quit whenever" they want.

This article indicates that Heroin use is the #1...the NUMBER ONE drug problem in WA state, with Meth close behind! Yet, we hear so little about the drug when it's KILLING our youth!!

"Olympia", Govenor, SPD, SOMEONE...please tell me how we can save someone who is killing themselves before our eyes but because they don't agree to help or realize the damage they're self inflicting in their DRUG STRICKEN state of mind, there's nothing we can do but watch & wait. Sad. So incredibly sad.

I can speak for my entire family when I say that our hearts truly go out to Rachel's Dad & family. Know that you did all you could and everything you knew to do.

My heart goes out to EVERYONE hurt by this awful drug - The loved ones and those that tried the drug once and before they knew it, were prisoner to it's chains. Although I'm just like the rest of you - searching for answers, ANYONE that wants help for themselves,is READY to break FREE, I will do all that I can -everything within my power to get yout
the help that you need. This is not a battle that can be fought alone.

"Be Strong and Courageous. Do not be terrified for The Lord, Your God is with you wherever you go". Joshua 1:9

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Posted by Kristy Brinkman on 08/25/2015 at 12:47 AM

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  • Re: When Sharing Isn't Caring

    • The simple FACT is that no one "planted drugs" on Mike Brown. Mike Brown was…

    • on September 2, 2015
  • Re: Age of Zaycon

    • As someone who hasn't made a decent living in over two years, hearing "it's easier…

    • on September 1, 2015
  • Re: Connecting the Dots

    • This isn't so much an article as it is a rather amateurish piece of self-promotion/branding…

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  • Re: Connecting the Dots

    • Which we are you referring to?

    • on August 31, 2015
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    • Parking always sucks!!!

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