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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: “Transparent Motives

For an article about transparency there was remarkably little that is specific to transperency, which is odd. Really, it is laughable that Hillary can be considered anything but secretive unless in maybe in a relative sense. But this Herold guy is delusional both of his analysis on the candidates secrecy. In terms of a public life Trump has been a national figure for far longer than Clinton and so by this measure Trump ought to win in this calculation. Is Herold going to be supporting Trump soon? We shall see. So the screed starts out with a hell of a thesis to make and so after stating the thesis and supporting it with lies what does the heart of this darkness hold for the reader? Two terrible literary references that aren't about transperency except for maybe in a weak and veiled way. I am a huge fan of Orwell but not so familiar with Lewis Carrol. I have not read through the looking glass but I have read the poem of his called Jabberwocky, which is what I think is going on here. I am accusing this fellow of committing jabberwocky. Jabberwocky, you see, is a poem about nothing. It is the mockery of style without meaning and I am thinking here that the reference dear Harold has mobilized is one that has committed a similar sin. I can seen thinly what Herold is saying. I think he is saying that Humpty Dumpty is Trump and Trump is wanting it his way by having words mean what he thinks they should mean in certain context and mean other things in other context. Certainly that is the insinuation, but I rather think that Carrol is making a point about language and meaning that is far deeper. Humpty Dumpty wants to control the message. When he says something he means it in a certain way even though the audience is at liberty to play with the meaning themselves--the Author is Dead after all--and so they are "master" of none. And here I am going to spin this on it s head. I would say that humpy dumpty is far more like Hillary. She talks to the people of this country in a way that is to be understood. She wishes to do what she can't and control the way that we, the people, hear what she says. Ironically, the habit of Trump, which is being slandered by this mis-appropriation is to understand this aspect of meaning. By far he has shown himself to have a master political wit in comparison to the bumbling fools that have stocked both parties for a generation. He speaks to what people wish to hear, he says that which will bring the sentiment fourth without really ever being specific; Bill Clinton is also a master of this. And that is too his advantage. And it is not true that Trump remains behind in the polls except for in Nate Silver's fantasies. He might want to snap out of it because being soooo wrong may look poorly on his career as an analyst; though, you would think it looked poorly enough already. I really don't care who wins. Either choice will be misery for us but I tend to enjoy someone by the enemies they make and Trump has bothed raised the ire and humiliated the neo-con movement of the last several decades. A movement that has lead to disastrous and hubristic foreign policy decisions that have bled this country of 5 trillion dollars over the years. George HW Bush himself is voting for Hillary, the Kochs support Hillary, all the evil dictatorships and American vassals support Hillary, the defense industry supports hillary, the producers of all those awful movies support hillary, basically all the wrong people. The only true dissent left is to dis-engage and defy, if you ask me; to not vote, to lower the turnout, to discredit the democracy that has clasped the chains around the wrist of humanity. Admit it, the constiution has failed, it has either authorized the government that we have or failed to prevent it and in either case is unfit to exist.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by lysander on 09/23/2016 at 7:37 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: “Transparent Motives

Yeah, it was a "vast right wing conspiracy" that perpetrated the Monica Lewinsky hoax. Who claimed it was a "vast right wing conspiracy'?

Bitter-clingers like Herold still believe that HRC is trustworthy.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by ptleahy on 09/23/2016 at 11:29 AM

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: “Transparent Motives

Hillary is so transparent that the overwhelming majority of Americans see right through her. That explains why they think she isn't honest or trustworthy.

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 09/22/2016 at 9:35 PM

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.

7 likes, 1 dislike
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: “Are You Not Entertained?

The Gladiator is fiction upon history and one ought to be able to find one of these sorts of situations within history without elevating it to a fictional account. If anything the author here has it reversed. The situation as it is today is the destruction of an election cycle that has been too visceral and sentimental for too long. I was listening to NPR the other day and I heard a classless story about cookie recipes. Now I didn't know this was a thing but apparently the first ladies submit cookie recipes to some rag or something and so these hair-do journalists were trying these recipes. Clinton's (bill Clinton's) was heralded and dissected by these flailing jackals but they loved it. Then it came to trump's cookies and they offered up some confusing exhortations about how it was bland and that may be to appeal to the working class or plays to Trumps E. European roots or something but they all seemed rather confused at the choice of Melania's entry that recipe. Of course the segment was banal and ended not soon enough, but it was after it ended and I was reflecting on the hair-do's consternation at the two recipes and I realized that these morons had been played. Trump seems rather good at playing these people, playing the author of this piece even. Like the presidential pardon for turkey's on thanksgiving the recipe was pure flare and PR and the candidates--like the Clinton's--were expected to play along and jump through hoops and what Trump did was offer a cookie recipe that was dull. I imagine that Trump's cookie recipe was chosen to be deliberately dull and because of that it was genius for it both got his name out there but also was a joke to these people who had to talk about this dull bland cookie. It both made the Clinton's look disingenuous and also the reporters look foolish with all these stupid games they are always playing in election cycle.

But I was thinking about that when I was reading this article. I was thinking, would this guy who can't even muster a historical analogy--he has to use Hollywood movie as an analogy--would he eat the cookie and play-a-long or would he realize it and then in post haste bangout an article that denounced this act and the Clinton's for playing along? No, I believe he is what is called "part-of-the-problem" in popular nomenclature. Any treachery he discovers in regards to this observation is undoubtedly treachery that he himself is guilty of as a journalist. Indeed, it is this treachery, which is both past and present, that discredits this sort of analysis. The paradigm of entertainment as politics has passed. It has existed for a long time now. I would portend that what this election cycle has done, rather than elevate entertainment over politics, but it has destroyed the idea that what we have isn't the constitution of that already and we are here watching the fall. Network came out in 1976 and here you are denouncing howard beale 40 years too late.

2 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by lysander on 09/19/2016 at 2:24 PM

Re: “Puppy Love

Tell me this screed is anything other then old george not wanting to talk about the thing that he is paid by the inlander to do....talk about politics. I wonder if it is because this election cycle, establishment-hacks have been suffering from foot-in-mouth disease every time they attempt to hold an opinion. A puppy column has got to be the inauguration of obscurity. Couldn't happen to a better guy too.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by lysander on 09/19/2016 at 1:56 PM

Re: “Murrow's Nightmare

Calling a person with a Ph.D. a doctor is one of thousands of things wrong with higher education. Sure, it is technically correct but because they hand out those things like they are going out of style, it doesn't mean anything anymore (see Dr. Melissa Click or Dr. Jill Biden who has one in education which is even lower in the difficulty scale.) Worse yet is the person with the Ph.D. insisting they be called doctor. You sound like a sycophant in one of his classes brown nosing for a good grade because he doesn't grade anonymously.

4 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by ptleahy on 09/18/2016 at 1:09 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

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