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Comment Archives: stories: News & Comment

Re: “The Invisible Mayor

GotGeek - I agree completely about Joe Shogan; he seems to pick the most offensive way to say everything; very peculiar for someone who wants to get along with people. I have heard that he is a very unsuccessful attorney too, which isn't surprising.

Posted by Mark Syman on 04/13/2014 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Doctors Ordered

Although there are a few 3 year medical school programs that funnel graduates into family medicine residency programs...99% of programs are 4 years for an undergraduate medical education. So to produce a family med doc takes 4+4+3 years.

Posted by Medical student on 04/13/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Fear and Banned Books

Thank you so much for this wonderful article. Those of us who have read this book know its worth. I hope some of you will consider also buying a copy for one of the 350 Meridian students who signed a petition to keep the book in curriculum. My friend Jen Lott and I feel strongly about this issue and have organized a book drive for the students. So far, we have enough for about 150 copies! They will be distributed to the students on World Book Night- April 23rd. If you would like to contribute, click here: http://www.gofundme.com/89912g
Thank YOU!

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Sara Baker on 04/12/2014 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Between Man and Beast

What a well written article Leah! You covered quite a few sides of a very important issue. One of my favorite part was ""Animals should be considered not as property ... but they should be wards of guardians, in the same way that incompetent or incapacitated people have guardians," Critchlow says. "It's hard to deny the fact that a cat or a dog or a cow or a pig or a horse is not like a chair. It's just so palpably obvious and true, that animals have to be treated differently. So the struggle, legally, is ... Where is the balance?" Animals really do deserve a voice. If one can completely remove themselves from the brainwashing that we are indoctrinated by in this culture then one should realize how we are abusing these sentient creatures that are earthlings just like us. I see that there is a lot of shifting and movement on animal rights and the changes that are going to happen in next few decades are going to be very incredible. Once we stop abusing animals we will start seeing a lot of positive repercussions such as human health and well being will increase, environmental destruction will significantly decrease and world peace will grow. Animals are the key.

I hope that you or one of your colleagues will be able to cover Spokane's Vegfest this June. It is going to be a huge event and it is very inline with the topics covered in this article. For more information on Vegfest visit:
http://www.facebook.com/spokanevegfest or http://www.inveg.org/.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Josh Meckel on 04/09/2014 at 11:35 PM

Re: “Do Corporations Have Religious Rights?

As has been said, but I reiterate: This is not about women's healthcare choices, but about who PAYS for women's healthcare choices. Duh. Not difficult, people. If the ever wise and wonderful gov't decided that it was a right to have one's belly-button pierced, my business should not have to provide payment for that service, either.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Lisa Davis on 04/09/2014 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Do Corporations Have Religious Rights?

If Hobby Lobby doesn't provide their employees with health insurance that includes contraceptives, that does NOT mean women can't use contraceptives.

Murray says, "I feel very strongly that women, not their insurance companies, not their boss, not the CEO of the company and certainly not their shareholders, should be deciding a woman's personal health care." Fine. Hobby Lobby not paying for their employees' contraception doesn't take away a woman's ability to decide her personal health care. It just means she has to pay for it herself.

3 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Dwojdin on 04/07/2014 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Do Corporations Have Religious Rights?

All people in the USA have right to determine their own health care. Corporations have no rights under the Constitution to determine who gets what.

9 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Charles Ellenberger on 04/06/2014 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Do Corporations Have Religious Rights?

i'm guessing, jayne, that you are humorously paraphrasing soylent green? at least, i hope so!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by sandyh on 04/06/2014 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Do Corporations Have Religious Rights?

Last I checked, it is I, not Jane or anyone else, who subsidizes my health insurance through my premiums, co-pays and deductibles, and my employer who picks up the tab on the rest as a benefit of my employment. End of story. My reproductive health is none of your business, nor is it my employer's business. If you're against abortion, don't have one. If you wish other people wouldn't have abortions, support the AHA, which makes contraception more affordable for more women--certainly, a more defensible social benefit than Viagra--which is also covered under the AHA and no one is pissing and moaning about THAT. After all, aren't you concerned that some of those 50+-year-old men might be having sex with women other than their wives? Where's the indignant outcry about that? Or do we just reserve our moral indignation for the girls who have the temerity to want to plan when they get pregnant?

27 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by M Craig on 04/06/2014 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Do Corporations Have Religious Rights?

Thank you for your concern

Posted by Mark Lenfest on 04/06/2014 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Do Corporations Have Religious Rights?

She's right. It is a slippery slope. Corporations do not get religious freedom because they are not individuals. Are we prepared to offer corporations the right to bear arms, or other such personal freedoms? Hobby Lobby also owns shares in companies that make the types of birth control they don't want to cover. Hobby Lobby is not your average small business owner, who does have a right to religious freedom, but a corporation, and it should not receive special religious benefits that are for individuals, unless it is willing to become a religious organization. Corporations do not get personal freedoms.

25 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by BadWolf on 04/06/2014 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Inside the Donut

There's another middle missing in Spokane. We have a bit of an age gap. Spokane seems to be made up predominantly of people in, or nearing, retirement, and young people working minimum wage jobs as they pay their way through school (hopefully). Then the young flee to a good paying job in another city. What can Spokane do to attract good paying jobs? "Careers"? What can Spokane do to retain the people it is educating at so many local college campuses? Come up with an answer to that question and malls, restaurants, and other businesses in the middle will have a healthy future in Spokane.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Dan Halen on 04/06/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Do Corporations Have Religious Rights?

What a mess of convoluted, fuzzy logic Murray uses to try to frame the issues of government dictating private companies what do include or exclude in their insurance policies under the guise of "women's rights".

4 likes, 24 dislikes
Posted by Kim on 04/06/2014 at 7:49 AM

Re: “Schools of Choice

If Spokane Public Schools have the proper resources to support innovative programs, they should be fine. The only reason East Valley failed with K8 is because former superintendent John Glenewinkel forced through the conversion before he had the facilities to do it right. Results were a predictable fail. At least EV's newest ventures are being attempted with a better review of facilities constraints:

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2014/apr/03/army-center-gets-new-life/

Transportation was a big issue for EV's K8. It costs a lot not only in cash, but also in lost hours that students will spend sitting on a bus instead of receiving instruction.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by EV Parent on 04/05/2014 at 1:48 PM

Re: “Vesting Interests

As someone who once supported the mayor, this decision changes my mind.

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Posted by Winston Hemphill on 04/05/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Video Witness

Sorry, but Corkery negotiates w/the cops for ten minutes, knowing he's in big, BIG trouble ... then walks out the front door with a gun in his hand and his hands at his sides? I don't think I fault them for this one. This certainly ain't no Creech shooting.

Posted by Frank Golubski on 04/04/2014 at 8:16 PM

Re: “Do Corporations Have Religious Rights?

"I feel very strongly that women, not their insurance companies, not their boss, not the CEO of the company and certainly not their shareholders, should be deciding a woman's personal health care."

TRANSLATION: "I feel very strongly that politicians, not employers, should be deciding what health care benefits employers must offer their employees."

7 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by Frank Golubski on 04/04/2014 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Next Steps

Is this for Real..?????

Posted by Jane Harvell on 04/04/2014 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Lives that Mattered

Great article. I knew Pops and his music and loved talking to him at All Saints. He was a good man.

Posted by MB on 04/04/2014 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Next Steps

I totally agree with The Center for Justice- I can NOT say I have dealt with Nancy but her assistant Tim Szemblem in my personal dealings with him, I 100% believe there are closed door arrangements etc* DOESN'T SURPRISE ME

Posted by Kris Stanford on 04/04/2014 at 1:03 PM

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