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Re: “A Second Chance

My belief is that if a child is capable of committing a crime like this, they should be eradicated. This type of callous and heinous crime is something that is instilled from a young age. The difference between right and wrong is a choice made in subconscious thought. Unfortunately, people like this don't deserve a second chance. They deserve to be terminated like the wild animal they are. For God's sake, we put down dogs for biting people. Until we humans learn that we are ultimately in control of our society and that our reactions shape the actions of others, we are doomed to allow others to act like beasts and receive "forgiveness" for crimes that deserve permanent punishment.

Posted by William Wallace on 12/21/2014 at 9:10 AM

Re: “Fracking Idaho

Well, I just moved into a new home and right after our move-in a gas and oil rep showed up and stated that they are drilling in the area and would like my permission to take my minerals and we will be compensated. Wait so you will contaminate my well and risk my childrens health to drill? He says it is going to happen regardless and that if we don't sign in order to receive payments, they still proceed and the state just gets the money instead. We have no interest is signing and only a couple of our neighbors agree with us, so what steps can we take to fight this? We are next to a river, on a well, and a nice natural habitat. Apparently this has been in the works over the last year and we just happened to move in late in the game so we haven't had any say until this point.

Posted by ConcernedLandOwner on 12/19/2014 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Money Men

In regard to the story, "Turned Away", it sounds as though there may have been an unlawful denial of housing under the Fair Housing Act based on the consumers' disabilities. Bonner County should have engaged in an interactive discussion with Mr. Boudousquie to determine if there was a way to accommodate the housing need of the persons with disabilities as well as the community needs. I hope that the County will do all that it can to meet the housing needs of persons with disabilities in their community and in Idaho.


Zoe Ann Olson
Executive Director
Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Inc.

Posted by Zoe Ann Olson on 12/19/2014 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Game Changer

Chesney was a complete a-hole to his staff. Trust me, I know. But you are correct in your assessment of Jan.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by SpokaneCan on 12/19/2014 at 7:27 AM

Re: “Cultural Warrior

You can also catch Nicholas in the locally produced "The Immortal Augustus Gladstone" and in the season finale of Z Nation where (behind the scene's note) I poked a syringe WAY UP HIS NOSE!!! standing in as a hand double for the dark Dr. Kurian.…

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Tom Dineen on 12/18/2014 at 4:56 PM

Re: “Game Changer

Jan simply doesn't belong there. She is arrogant, has no respect for her employees, makes too many assumptions about people, and doesn't have the background knowledge to be overseeing the departments. She doesn't deserve the credit for the changes that have been made - other than her willingness to fire people. Those changes were made by other staff from Verner's administration. She isn't a team builder or a good collaborator - her arrogance and lack of respect for others prevents it. Chesney was fired because he's not an a-hole to his staff. If you look at it closely, she's a lot like the mayor. No one enjoys working for either one of them and neither will tolerate anyone who doesn't agree with them. The only reason they want to be challenged is so they know who to fire.

12 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by SheNeedsToGo on 12/18/2014 at 3:12 PM

Re: “Game Changer

Yes Jan Quintrall's hiring and firing practices in Spokane have been legendary for a very long time.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by BRB on 12/18/2014 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Sorry, Senator Risch

Al Nashiri was the mastermind of the terrorist attack in 2000 on the U.S.S. Cole in which 17 U.S. sailors were killed and 39 were injured. Until he was captured in Dubai in 2002, he was the head of Al-Qaeda operations in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf States. Knowing that he killed and/or maimed 56 American sailors in one attack, and probably caused the deaths of other innocents during his terrorist career, are readers really supposed to "shiver in disgust" because of the way he was interrogated? Are the readers allowed to shiver in disgust about what he did, too? As between his interrogation and his actions, which is more disgusting?

6 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 12/18/2014 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Game Changer

While Jan is far from innocent in how she manages people and handles things, she is correct in her judgments about how Chesney managed his department. He lacked the ability to communicate effectively with his staff, garnered little respect, and made many promises that his staff simply could not deliver on without breaking the law. The staff in that department is AMAZING and the cultural shift that many have seen was started before Chesney arrived. It was started by proactive STAFF who wanted to make things better.

8 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by SpokaneCan on 12/18/2014 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

Mr Garner was not killed because he was selling loose cigarettes. He died from complications after the physical exertion from resisting arrest. You could just as easily say he was willing to die rather than be arrested for a misdemeanor. Either statement is inflammatory, and not helpful. I can't speak to New York, but I know that here in the St Louis (Ferguson) area more than 20 more young black men have been murdered--3 of them over the weekend-- all of them at the hands of other young black men. Where is the outrage for that?

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by John MacEnulty on 12/15/2014 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

Too many people have come to confuse activism with cheer-leading. These marches are great big pep-rallies but not anything more. It brings people together and gives people a sense of accomplishment without actual accomplishment. Nothing changes. Tim Eyman has gotten more legislation passed in this state than all of the protest marches of the past twenty years combined.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Tom L. Lloyd on 12/15/2014 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

Marie: Mr. Garner did not die because he was black. He was confronted by the police because he was selling loose cigarettes. Had he been standing with his hands in his pockets doing nothing, there would have been no encounter and he would not have died. I am not excusing what happened to him or suggesting that the police were justified. Rather, my point is that Democrats and especially liberals always want bigger, more powerful government in every situation, even in the aftermath of Mr. Garner's death. And yet it was big government with its burdensome regulations and abusive taxes that created the circumstances culminating in Mr. Garner's death. If the black community is upset by Mr. Garner's death, it should reconsider its allegiance to Democrats, the party of big government. If you don't learn from history, you're destined to repeat it.

6 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 12/13/2014 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

muddydog: The penalty for selling loose cigarettes is not death. It's just not. Yes, it does matter that he was black. Why? Because black people across the nation face extreme violence and profiling from law enforcement. As Ms. Dolezal noted, young black men are 21 times more likely than their white peers to to be killed by police ( There is a pattern to these abuses and these losses of human life. Whether you believe in "big government" or limited government, this pattern is absolutely unacceptable. To deny its existence ignores the reality of life in this country for black Americans. I encourage you to learn more. One article to start with:

8 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Marie on 12/12/2014 at 9:09 PM

Re: “Screw Big Cities

This article is pedestrian

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Pedestrian on 12/12/2014 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

The saddest thing about this dichotomy is that NObody is all one thing, or another. Lots of black Americans have white, in them, and vice-versa. It is in the nature of people, however, to divide themselves in way too many ways that they should not, and even pack animals form tribes hostile to outsiders of the same species. I, earnestly, hope we can all rise above that, considering the potential for the mutual self-destruction that advanced technology might make possible.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Philip J. Mulligan on 12/11/2014 at 6:17 PM

Re: “More Than Skin Deep

What an unusual and wonderful gift, Jacque Gibson Kloehn. Now when Evelyn looks at that little heart scar she will only think of you.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Brenda Lynn Martinson on 12/11/2014 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

In the state of New York, it's illegal to sell tobacco products without a certificate of registration. Persons with the certificate must collect and pay tax on a pack of cigarettes that exceeds $4.00. When people like Mr. Garner sell loose cigarettes, they're interfering with the power of big government to extract tax dollars from its citizens. The police are the enforcement arm of big government, and in New York big government actively enforces the laws against loose cigarettes. Was Mr. Garner's death tragic? Absolutely. Was it because he was black? Absolutely not. He died because he defied big government and its excessive regulations and taxes. The black community could and should be outraged by the excesses of big government, the advocates of which tend to be Democrats. For years after the Civil War blacks tended to vote Republican because it was the party of Lincoln. Perhaps its time they went home to the Republican party.

6 likes, 20 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 12/11/2014 at 1:25 PM

Re: “Locavore's Dilemma

How are the growers ripping people off? Did you not read the tax layout that was presented to the public before voting in this law took place? Being a consumer of both recreational store sourced product and medical dispensary product, you are getting way better quality via the rec. stores. Quality is always better than quantity especially when you are ingesting the product.

2 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by jr509 on 12/10/2014 at 10:16 PM

Re: “Locavore's Dilemma

First the keyword targeted advertising on this page is a little over the top.. reefer madness!!

Second, no one wants to meet the growers that are essentially ripping them off. Maybe try again when prices are not so inflated and quality increases.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by johnfrkr on 12/10/2014 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Screw Big Cities

I moved away 2x for to go to different universities. I absolutely hated Spokane when I left and then very quickly noticed how much I appreciated Spokane once I came home to visit. There is just too much good in Spokane to overcome the issues with it. It is a HUGE tiny town. Yes, things are very slow moving and most people really dont like change, but it has A TON to offer people who do want to stick around. I moved home permanently about a decade ago and I think it was a great decision. I now own a beautiful 4k sq foot dream home with 4 car attached garage and I have a great job! I cannot think of another city where I could get so much.

Posted by Josh Meckel on 12/08/2014 at 4:29 PM

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