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Re: “Signs of the Times

Why are we not helping to keep these women safe by legalizing,regulating, and collecting taxes..If those measures were in place at least it would be safer than the environment they are forced to work in now. Nevada has a good regulation system in place, why are we not following suit, and i hear it already..sin this sin that..blah..thats between that woman and her maker, not you.

Posted by Dorene Brown on 04/17/2015 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Signs of the Times

The Hanley's are Condones mouthpiece getting massive free advertising. The bookers are behind the businesses now instead of in front. You certainly don't need to go to Montana - where the men are men and the sheep are afraid.

Posted by Teresa Juneau-Simon on 04/17/2015 at 1:45 PM

Re: “Don't Test Me

How does Randy Dorn know the SBAC tests are better than any standardized test Washington has ever given before? This is the FIRST year all students have been given the actual tests!

Also, any colleges agreeing to let students miss remedial classes if they pass the SBAC could be setting themselves up for a load of trouble. Since the tests are new, no one knows how well they'll measure anything. I can't wait to see what happens with this change in college placement.

To all the students and parents opting out, thank you! Refusing the tests is the only way to shut this money-making scheme down.

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Posted by Beth Flynn on 04/17/2015 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Don't Test Me

As I was saying, regarding the Public Trust (just copied this from a facebook group posting)...:


My sources in Olympia tell me that the Democrats want the heat over the criminal activities of State Auditor Troy Kelley to be taken off of them and the Governor for the next 4 days to protect them and their criminal Democrat Auditor. He recently was indicted by a Federal Court for 10 counts of criminal activity, including tax evasion. Not so fast...

You may not know this, but just like Louis Lerner of the IRS and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Kelley had his staffer erase and destroy the files on a hard drive that the Feds believed may have had evidence to Mr. Kelley and his staffs criminal activity. Erasing records to hide the truth from Americans is quickly becoming the most used tool in the Democrat tool box.

It disgusts me that the position of Auditor is supposed to be the one office above reproach, and that we knew of a lot of these problems when he ran for office in 2012 and narrowly defeated an honest man, Mr. Watkins.

The Auditors office is tasked with shining the light on government in Washington, searching for negligent activity, waste, fraud, and abuse. This criminal activity calls in to question every audit ever performed under Mr. Kelleys watch and his association with his colleagues in the Democratic Party. If he hid this, what else is he hiding from us? What is he hiding for himself or his friends in office?

Many lawmakers are now asking Mr. Kelley to step down. But thats not good enough. Democrats knowingly pushed a man for high office in this state knowing full well his record and previous dealings. As we saw with Oregon's former Governor, who was recently kicked out of office, had shady dealings that spread its tentacles to Washington; we must call into question the integrity of all Democrats in high office in Washington and demand honesty and integrity!

Help me act! Share this to every corner of Washington and lets keep these politicians feet to the fire!

I'm calling for the public release of every email any Democrat in state wide elected office sent during their time in office to an independent ethics review board. You can also help by calling the Legislative Hotline and expressing your concern @ 1.800.562.6000

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Posted by Jeff Brodhead on 04/17/2015 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Don't Test Me

When government attempts to dissuade opposition by talking, exactly what is the basis of restoring trust?

Remember: "I am not a crook!"
Remember: "It all depends on what your definition of "IS" is.
Remember: "Your social security number will be private and never be used for anything except access to your account." [paraphrased]
Remember: "All the hard drives crashed and all the backup tapes have already been destroyed."
Remember: "I [name] do solemnly to uphold the Constitution..."

Yeah... your child's records are not being accessed and classroom videos are secure.... sure, the Public Trust is in good hands[!]

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Posted by Jeff Brodhead on 04/17/2015 at 11:36 AM

Re: “Don't Test Me

Please follow the money on Common Core. Pearson is a for profit company and so is Bill Gates Microsoft. This isn't about doing better for our kids. I refused for my child to take the practice tests and the SBAC in Idaho. Taking 8-20 hours of classroom instruction time away from teachers and students is beyond pale. No matter what state or school district you live in you have the right to refuse for your child to be tested. SCOTUS has upheld the 14th Amendment for parental rights involving their child's education.

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Posted by Jackie Meckel on 04/17/2015 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Signs of the Times

The only way to fix this "problem" is to admit that consensual sex between two adults is no ones business but theirs. Whether money is involved or not. Tax and regulate. People are going to do what they want.Regulate and use tax income from it to curb human trafficking.

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Posted by Mike Patton on 04/17/2015 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Don't Test Me

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Posted by Paula Merk on 04/17/2015 at 6:19 AM

Re: “Don't Test Me

There are families Refusing the test in Cda, mine is one of them. I'm quite certain that there are more than 5 families as well. New information is coming out that federal funding may not be pulled for schools not hitting the 95% mark. Check out unitedparentsforum on Facebook. It's a north idaho group.

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Posted by Annie Laker on 04/16/2015 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Don't Test Me

Idaho has different laws. Contact Idahoans for Local Education, Heather.

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Posted by Breann Treffry on 04/16/2015 at 10:47 PM

Re: “Don't Test Me

Oh I'm so confused! I'm moving to the Lakeland School District neighboring Coeur d'Alene. I thought you COULD opt your child out you just hand to insist upon it! And fill out the forms...

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Posted by Heather Marquez on 04/16/2015 at 10:09 PM

Re: “Don't Test Me

I agree with Msullivan. There is already enough testing. SBAC is not a valid assessment according to professionals. An adaptive test can NOT be used for comparison with other students. The cost involved is much more than we were told and the districts are paying most of it. Testing is designed to fail kids, 60% of them. The kids are NOT getting a well rounded education. Standardized testing is faulty and this has been known for a long time. Students can opt out! Don't fall for that. Data mining on our kids is a grave concern!!!! The so called anonymity is easily removed with the amount of information provided. Testers have been monitoring kids social accounts. GET RID OF COMMON CORE, SBAC!

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Posted by Bernadette Olson Stempel on 04/16/2015 at 8:25 PM

Re: “Don't Test Me

The students get absolutely nothing out of this test but a label. What is the point of having students take a test they will never see the results of beyond a numerical grade? They will never know what they got right and what they got wrong. Feedback is an essential part of the learning process. Students get none of that from this test. Even the practice tests which are available at have no feedback element to help them improve. How can this be acceptable? And the money it costs. $27 per child from something that is not a learning experience. As a society we need to rethink the notion of standardized tests. They don't create anything. They don't accomplish anything. They're just hoops to jump through, expensive hoops. The state even requires students with developmental disabilities to take this test. Talk about absurd. The federal government, which requires these tests in order to dispense federal money, will use these tests to label students and schools as failing. The same government over-regulation that is bad for businesses, is bad for education as well.

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Posted by msullivan on 04/16/2015 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Ryan's Last Ride

Detective Paul Taylor
Spokane Police Department

Dear Detective Taylor, I thought I work update you on some further inquires I made April 13, 2015 with the City of Spokane Valley Public Works Department, concerning visibility of the NE corner of Vista and Sprague and trees placed between the roadway and sidewalk.

I spoke with several individuals including Bill Schultz just now. Mr. Schultz is in charge of code compliance for the city and he's of the opinion that there is no clear view triangle requirements when there is a controlled intersection with lights in both directions.

If that is the case then perhaps there should be, as I believe that those trees impeded the visibility of both Officer Bodman and Ryan Holyk.

I took a tape measure down and ruffed out a triangle of 110 feet by 16 feet and within that area at a point 66 feet east or so from the curb line of the intersection there is a tree whose trunk lies three and a half feet from the curb and has many branches that start a few feet from the ground and expand outwardly to a distance of two and a half feet or more at seven feet.

Had this only been an intersection of four lanes and only one light it would be in violation of the clear view triangle regulations established for a thirty five mile per hour zone. At that point the area shrubs be free from landscaping shrubbery over three feet high from the ground and lower then seven feet for a distance of five and a half feet from the curb. I will include a photograph for your to review that clearly shows many branches that create an obscured view to an individual at the street level as well as oncoming cars.

Even with a red light it would be legal to make a right turn onto Sprauge with oncoming traffic and would be an impediment to seeing oncoming traffic. It's not like we live in a perfect world where no one runs a red light, or tries to enter a cross walk against the red light. A driver traveling West is also inhibited from seeing individuals congregated at the corner.

The existing City of Spokane Valley Municipal Code Chapter 22.7 specify that on intersections with one-way traffic the Traffic Engineer is to set the proper distance that should be clear of obstructions. Corporal Carr SPD stated that the Ryan Holyk accident reports included conclusions addressing visibility issues from the trees and parked cars.

I want nothing more then to learn from what went wrong and if there is lessons to be learned to implement changes to avoid other families to avoid the trauma that Ryan's and officer Bodman have experienced from this Tragedy.

Is there anyway you could forward any recommendations or conclusions to me and the City Public Works Department that the investigations came up with? I bet you and your department would love to be put out of a job by not having automobile and pedestrian accidents to review.

Please help me try and do something to lesson the likelihood of a similar event. I feel strongly that these trees present a public safety hazard, and there are other trees with multiple low lying branches at other locations down Sprague that are placed.

If you compress the core issues of this accident visibility and situational awareness are predominately the root cause of this accident. Ongoing distracted drivers enforcment actions seem to recognize the importance of maintaining situational awareness, shouldn't obstructions placed along the right-of-way also beer scrutiny as we strive for safer streets?

Please find my photos forth coming, and know that your help is appreciated.

Best Regards, Tim Viall.

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Posted by dakotacoolhand on 04/16/2015 at 12:17 PM

Re: “The Rogers Revival

Proud to be an alum.
Proud to be from the neighborhadd.
Proud to see it succeeding.

Go pirates!

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Posted by mikeg on 04/15/2015 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Restore the Honesty

Disappointing to see this drek from the Inlander, without a rebuttal for our younger voters who may be taken in because they are too young to know firsthand what a giant D****E this guy is.
A (not even) thinly veiled hit piece on a candidate, regardless of party is irresponsible. Lost a lot of credibility here.

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Posted by Jim Wormell on 04/15/2015 at 1:33 PM

Re: “Restore the Honesty

Perhaps the guy who used to follow Mr. Nethercutt around in a weasel costume should be invited to write a rebuttal column. Unfortunately, I drank his Kool-aid and voted for him twice back when he was calling for term limits and told us all that he would lead the way in this initiative. Ah, to be a naïve college student again...

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Posted by InYoBiz on 04/15/2015 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Progress Report

Well you know what they say, if you can't find a racist, just call people racist and blame them for you failures until the left jumps to your cause.

Maybe the NAACP could have Delbert Beltron day? There is an idea, celebrate the life of a WWII vet beaten to death by to young entreprenaurs who were just trying to get their dream of a rap recording studio to the next level.

Oh! here is an idea. 91% of the time a black American is murdered it is a black American doing the killing. Maybe a discussion on why that is utterly unimportant and ignored by the NAACP?

Fix your house, then cast stones.

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Posted by Tired of the lies on 04/14/2015 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Ambulance Shopping

Unfortunately I've used Falck NW for transport from emergency center, 20 miles, to the hospital with a broken ankle after stabilization. They charged me $1560 and insurance wouldn't pay. If I knew that they charge $78 a mile I would have taken a cab. They also pried into my financial situation during the trip, probably to determine how much they could get from me.

Posted by Don W on 04/14/2015 at 4:24 PM

Re: “Imam Wanted

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If you still need Tell me
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Posted by Mohamed Niazy on 04/14/2015 at 3:53 PM

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