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Re: “A Persistent Life

Thank you Mary Lou for sharing your best friend

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Posted by Tamara Poelstra on 05/29/2015 at 10:46 PM

Re: “A Persistent Life

Thanks Mary Lou, you brought back many great memories of your great Man.

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Posted by Woody McEvers on 05/29/2015 at 7:28 PM

Re: “Put Kids First

Quality child care is important in many ways, there is TONS of research to back up this very fact. If we want kids to graduate high school, show lower instances of challenging behaviors, have lower arrest rates, fewer drug problems, spend fewer dollars on special education, and break the cycle of poverty- spending money in early learning is where it is at. The environments and interactions children have from birth-5 years old shapes the foundation of the person they will become for the rest of their life. Access to quality child care is what our country needs and will benefit from in so many different ways. Child care is a business, and by supporting early learning, you are also supporting the economy. Funding the Early Start Act is what we need!

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Posted by AA on 05/29/2015 at 2:01 PM

Re: “Teacher Skip Day

My understanding is that CVSD did not have a quorum to vote for or against the walkout, so to state that "they declined to join the strike" may imply something not entirely accurate?

Posted by Suzann on 05/29/2015 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Desperate Measures

And if it was for him coming in to my life I would've never met my wife Maryann of almost 18 years and I thank him for that

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Posted by Glenn Gibbs on 05/29/2015 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Desperate Measures

John may not have been my blood brother but he was my brother we went through a lot together and apart this was not the article that thought was thought it was going to be about the life he had and the that he was in due to his hard times and the downward spiral that he was in and about all the people he did help over the years from making car payments for them to paying the power bills for some he was a damn good man and father to his own children along with so many that called him big hommie he would give you his coat off his back if you needed it he was loved by so many people from buying a car from him from him helping you at Stateline speedway he was my best friend and brother you will be missed BIG BAD JOHN

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Posted by Glenn Gibbs on 05/29/2015 at 10:22 AM

Re: “Put Kids First

Once upon a time in a land not so far away, Parents were forced to choose cooperative daycare where one or both Parents gave one day per week to jointly care for their children and those of other co-op members. City, State, and Federal subsidies could then be stretched to provide meals, facilities, and a qualified early education specialist to assist the co-op. We need to focus on sustainability , family bonds and providing economic opportunity to families...welfare alone does nothing to break the cycles of poverty.

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Posted by James Bennett on 05/29/2015 at 12:05 AM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

I feel like I'm never going to get a handle on my emotions or health as long as I live here due to the constant exposure of second-hand meth like chemicals pouring directly into my kitchen from a vent coming from my neighbors bathroom and kitchen. I've been disabled my entire life and have always went out of my way to NOT consume any chemicals, caffeine, coffee, pop, pills, food dyes, tea, alcohol, fake food, perfumes, spices, acidic foods, potassium, metals, tattoos, tuna, hot temperatures, tap water, mold, antibiotics, .... and more

I've been through very painful invasive medical procedures without any anesthetics or pain relievers because of my physical disability causes a difficult and serious medical condition.

So it angers me MUCH when anyone labels ALL homeless disabled people as druggies or mental illness. The people who have a habit of using chemicals have built up an immunity and I have not. I am extremely sensitive to them. They cause me great harm. One tiny drop of caffeine to me is like 30 cups to the average coffee drinker. I cannot handle any uppers or such.

I think it should be illegal to build apartments where 25% of the air pouring into my room is recycled from my neighbors room. But since they have built the place, it should be law that landlords be required to inform a potential renter of this important risk.

If one person is deathly allergic to peanuts and their neighbor spews peanut dust into the vent air system, it could cause death.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/28/2015 at 7:21 PM

Re: “Put Kids First

I am the owner/director of a child care center in Spokane Valley. We have been involved with Early Achievers for several years. It has made a huge impact on our center, the families that we provide care too, and to our childcare staff. Early Achievers represents the first real improvement to the childcare system in our state. It represents education for providers about quality learning environments and the importance of high quality interactions between children and teachers. It represents support to families so that they can do the best possible job that they can as parents. It represents financial support for childcare providers to improve facilities and to get closer to paying employees a living wage.

I have heard just about every legislator that I have talked with this year say that early learning is the best dollar spent in our state. I am really hoping that they truly understand the importance of the decision they have in front of them and fully fund the Early Start Act.

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Posted by Vicki Greger on 05/28/2015 at 4:26 PM

Re: “Put Kids First

I have worked in the Early Learning field for the past 15 years. Eight years I worked @ the Lake Washington Technical College in Kirkland Wa. Most of the children were the sons and daughters of single mothers, a few single fathers, who were working toward AA or technical degrees. These parents were also working at least part time and many worked full time jobs. They were struggling to provide for their children and improve themselves and the future for their families. The example these parents were setting for their children was not one of underachievement, laziness or any of the stereotypical behaviors listed in the previous comments. I don't doubt that there is abuse of social welfare programs, any more than I doubt that there is abuse of tax loopholes. However in either case the children of the perpetrators are not to blame. The philosophy behind Early Learning is not a process of dumbing down or lowering expectations; but rather what can we as adults do to bring out the highest potential of every child
to become a happy human being capable of contributing to society. Please visit a high quality Early Learning Center and find out for yourself what great work these dedicated professionals do everyday for the future. I believe you will be impressed.

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Posted by Peggy Dennis-butler on 05/28/2015 at 3:37 PM

Re: “Put Kids First

Good message Mariah. We need to underscore the ask, however, no matter the polital flavor of one's state representatives. Politicians act because constituents act. I'm contacting mine today.

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Posted by Dale Damron on 05/28/2015 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Put Kids First

The first three years of a child's life are the most critical to support brain growth. Our investments made during this time are the biggest "game changer" in terms of preparing a child for future success in school and life. Programs like Early Achievers has made the biggest impact on quality in licensed child care. When programs participate they have access to coaching and professional development that directly improves quality for children. Please contact your Legislator and tell them children need our investment now -support the House budget version to fully fund Early Start!

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Posted by LMW on 05/28/2015 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Put Kids First

While a family below the poverty line might spend 30% of their income on childcare, they spend 0% on food, nothing on school lunches, very little for rent, almost nothing for utilities and they only have to buy the trendy thug clothing they need to operate in their chosen environment. Every other need is funded by welfare, social programs and charities.

Poor in America is not "poor". Poverty in America is not "poverty". There is a social program for EVERY need, a food bank for every holiday dinner, a tattoo parlor waiting to ink the next gang symbol in their necks. Poor Americans are FAT, well fed, watching cable and playing Xbox. They are warm in their heated or cool in their air conditioned homes and have great healthcare. They complain about the wait for services they do not have to lift a finger to receive and we don't know why. They most certainly are missing work.

The basic function of "Early Start" is to indoctrinate children into socialism and train them to become dependent on the government for their care, feeding, problem solving and support. By starting when they are young, a good Orwellian program can remove drive, ambition and self-reliance from the slaves of socialism and teach them to obey their party masters without question.

They will learn the dangers of contact sports, keeping score and excessive achievement and learn that to be a good minion they much do as little as possible with the expectation that no matter how dismal their performance they will get a trophy or paycheck.

The dream of every illegal immigrant creeping into our nation is to come to America and live the life of a king on welfare.

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Posted by taxpayer on 05/28/2015 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Teacher Skip Day

The average school year is 180 days. EVERY teacher gets a DAY OFF for every work day. They "work" 72% of the average working year for the rest of America.

Work 72% of the hours for more than 100% of the pay?? Seriously??? Demand no standards for performance and show NO improvement in student learning since 1972 and STILL want more money, really? We build schools for $150 million dollars a pop and you still complain they are not nice enough to facilitate learning. What on earth will paying you more money for less work possibly net?

No school district in Washington state works an entire month without at least one three day weekend or maybe a week off or a two week break or a "holiday", make-up day or "teacher planning day". What a scam.

Smaller classes? If you have 30 students you have three assistants and a hour "prep" period every day. You actually work 5 hours a day with students if you are hard pressed. In reality, you have 20-25 kids in your class tops.

The NEA motto should be "Doing a lot less with a lot more than everyone else and still complaining".

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Posted by Taxed enough already on 05/28/2015 at 7:44 AM

Re: “When a 'Miracle' Meets the FDA

So much stupid disguised as intelligence here.

Scum like this will be popular in jail, karma is coming and about time too.

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Posted by Dave Telford on 05/28/2015 at 3:18 AM

Re: “Hiring Among Friends

Heard some rumors about a relationship between Mielke and O'Quinn. That just adds a whole new layer of funny to this situation

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Posted by guest on 05/27/2015 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Hiring Among Friends

Same "degree" as Cathy McMoRo got.

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Posted by Zelda Krup on 05/27/2015 at 1:32 PM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

Interesting how every comment I've left here that mentions the 25% recycled poison indoor air has now disappeared.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/27/2015 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

from the article:
"Illegal drugs are never allowed anywhere in Spokane," says Catholic Charities Associate Director for Seniors & Housing Monique Kolonko. "But we don't ask.

What's very much worse is the fact that management doesn't LISTEN or CARE when presented with evidence of toxic chemical stench everywhere in the building.

The fact that I had to threaten management with Spokanimal to get them to turn the heat down says a lot.

Posted by FBH Resident on 05/27/2015 at 9:30 AM

Re: “Hierarchy of Needs

The beds are built into the walls so it is impossible to move them to clean under them to fight off the bedbugs here. It is that way so Catholic Charities can legally say that they provided us with beds. But we don't get to keep them. It's an expensive and uncomfortable mattress and you don't get any choice to purchase your own bed or mattress. Even though those mattresses were paid for through donations from others. (I have no bedbugs or any bedbugs bites on my body, because I clean a lot.)

There is no oven to cook baked foods. Only an unhealthy microwave and stove top burners that cannot reach high temps so tweekers have a harder time cooking their meth and I cannot bring tapioca to a boil.

There are no stairs available to use, only the elevator.

The front door has two sets of locked doors for our protection and residents have key passes to gain access. BUT ... the backdoor has no lock at all. Anyone can easily climb over the back fence and walk right into the back door into this building. They do it all the time. The management knows, I've complained a lot. Their security claims are a joke.

And nearly every Sunday like clockwork the internet Wi-Fi service random and mysteriously doesn't work until Monday morning. I strongly feel that happens because Catholics like Sundays off and they cannot get a monitor on shift to watch what we do on the internet.

There is no bathtubs here either. The full price of the rental units before subsidy is way over-priced for what is offered.

There is no grocery store around here. The closest one is over a mile away, which is a major hardship for my disability and for others. So it's 7-11 expensive milk.

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Posted by FBH Resident on 05/27/2015 at 3:05 AM

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    • Thank you Mary Lou for sharing your best friend

    • on May 29, 2015
  • Re: A Persistent Life

    • Thanks Mary Lou, you brought back many great memories of your great Man.

    • on May 29, 2015
  • Re: Put Kids First

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  • Re: Teacher Skip Day

    • My understanding is that CVSD did not have a quorum to vote for or against…

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