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Re: “KHQ doesn't understand what "Common Core" math is

A trite, lazy piece. If the point of the article is to be condescending, nailed it. Also, if Dan Walters wants to school readers on contractions (clearly he's an expert as I've never seen so many contractions used in a "professional" piece), he might want to read his article out loud before publishing to avoid unintended errors. Hint: there's a big difference between "that" and "than."

Posted by Panko on 10/07/2015 at 6:12 AM

Re: “Meet your barista: Promise Boutelle at Caffé Affogato

I love it when you enter a coffee shop and the baristas welcome you with very friendly attitudes and smiles in comparison to when you enter and have to help yourself in almost everything. This is one of the things I look for in a good cafe or coffee shop.

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Posted by Patricia Lexington on 10/07/2015 at 6:03 AM

Re: “KHQ doesn't understand what "Common Core" math is

TV news people have nice hair.

Posted by Spokalou on 10/06/2015 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Municipal workers endorse Lichty in Spokane mayoral race

The primary goal of the mayor has always been to steal as much from his employees as possible, to cheat them out of as much of their earned benefits as humanly possible and to curse his employees as thieves every time he pops onto 920am to chat. Unless of course you are one of his hired minions, then you are paid like royalty regardless of qualifications.

City of Spokane employees have been funding their pension system( since it's inception) thru contributions of about 9% of their earnings, the city contributes slightly less towards the system. Unlike most cities, the pension is not an "unfunded liability". It is however a treasure chest waiting to be looted by elected officials, this mayor, like most previous mayor's dreams of replacing the millions of actual dollars with millions of dollars in junk bonds and promissory notes.

Local 270 employees pay a decent portion of their healthcare, fund their pensions and pay most of their own 457K. City employees have gone FIVE years without a cost of living raise and the mayor still thinks they make too much money and need to be sent deeper into poverty for the privilege of serving the citizens of Spokane. What you are seeing is the utter disrespect this man has for working men and women in Spokane. No raise for half a decade and he still wants to cut your wages and benefits. Really?

What exactly is "compensation more in line with the private sector"? Any ideas? Truth be told, most city jobs pay less than "private sector" jobs with similar qualifications. Employment with the city wins because it is relatively free from lay-offs and slow downs and the benefits are decent. If you want to raise a family, it is an okay place to work, with the exception of having to work for a mayor who has no respect for you.

We have a two-pronged attack on working residents in Spokane. You have the "envision" crowd, working to rob you blind, cripple you with high taxes and force you to pay the freight for the lazy dregs that they are courting for the next election. And from the right you have our beloved mayor, cursing his own employees, demanding they work for poverty wages for the benefit of his millionaire friends on the South Hill. If your neighbors did not leave you a spare million bucks, he only wants to see you when you empty the trash or serve his food.

City of Spokane employees deliver safe drinking water, wastewater treatment, refuse collection, police and fire protection and administer every function of a major city with few problems, no scandals, no crimes and very few complaints, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. And yet the mayor thinks they are overpaid thieves of tax dollars.

The question you should ask yourself when your ballot arrives is, why? Why vote for a man who wants to lower everyone's wages, destroy their retirements and decrease their benefits? He is not just after his own employees, he is working on behalf of any business that feels they have the right to pay slave wages to their employees. You never hear this man talk about improving the quality of life of the average person in Spokane, NEVER.

Why not vote for someone who wants to improve the quality of life for the working residents of the City of Spokane. YOUR, Quality of life never improves with Wal-Mart wages for working residents, lousy streets and higher take home pay for the South Hill elite. Their streets look pretty pot hole free when compared to anywhere else in town.

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Posted by whocares on 10/06/2015 at 12:56 PM

Re: “As finale approaches, follow Z Nation's blood trail through Spokane

In the episode going nuclear. My aunt and uncle's house is shown. Where the other guy who knows how to stop the plant from melting down is living is their house. My aunt told me afterwards the guns were still there in her China cabinets

Posted by Keisha Taylor on 10/06/2015 at 10:07 AM

Re: “What we know so far — and what we don't — about the mass shooting in Oregon

Drudge is saying that killer was a brit with black mother (but cnn or LA times referred to him as white supremicist). Is this true?

Posted by Frank Anthony on 10/05/2015 at 5:54 PM

Re: “This morning's top headlines

Looking at just the last decade, the records show that from FY 2002 to FY 2004 prosecutions jumped from 7,948 to 11,015, up by more than a third (38.6%). From the 2004 high, however, prosecutions declined to 7,465 in FY 2011, down by 32.2 percent. Then, in just the last year, prosecutions increased up to 7,774, or 4.1 percent higher than in the previous year.

According to the Idiot-in-Chief, we have a problem with firearms. According to HIS Justice Department, we have no problems since prosecutions are nearly record lows. About 7,500 federal firearms crimes are prosecuted annually.

According to most communist or socialist news outlets, 100,000 people are injured with firearms every year. That means at least 50,000 people are eligible for a federal firearms crime. 85% of these people do not get a second look by Obama and his Justice Department.

1.300.000 violent crimes, many with firearms, 152,000 armed robberies with firearms, 24,000 murders and assaults about 50% with guns and still they managed to prosecute ONLY 7,500 people.

The real problem with mass shootings is that they are typically some form of deranged leftist, filled with hate from listening to MSNBC and Obama and they snap. When this happens, they cannot blame themselves, socialists blame guns for their misdeeds.

Next week the Inlander will be running a story. It will ignore the racist and religious hate of this young man and blame guns for his crimes. It will yet again mock the victims of another criminal and ignore the fact this was a hate crime.

Posted by whocares on 10/05/2015 at 3:27 PM

Re: “What we know so far — and what we don't — about the mass shooting in Oregon

A man murdered people because of his racist and religious hatred of them and the socialists blame guns for the problem?

Strangely, they never scream to ban cars after a traffic accident. It is a person's fault, unless that person uses a gun, then is was the inanimate hunk of metal that drove him/her to kill.

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Posted by newguy on 10/05/2015 at 3:10 PM

Re: “KHQ doesn't understand what "Common Core" math is

Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.

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Posted by Daniel.Walters on 10/05/2015 at 9:43 AM

Re: “KHQ doesn't understand what "Common Core" math is

Parents have real cause to be concerned about the quality of these new learning standards. To understand why, see this five-page study from the Washington Policy Center:

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Posted by Liv Finne on 10/04/2015 at 8:55 AM

Re: “KHQ doesn't understand what "Common Core" math is

Daniel Walter's, do you have children in public school? You are misinformed. I'm embarrassed for the Inlander, really expected better from you guys.

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Posted by Frustratedmom on 10/04/2015 at 8:50 AM

Re: “CONCERT REVIEW: Neil Young made his own headlines at Spokane Arena

Besides being a bit too loud at times, it was a great show. The guy likes to rock.

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Posted by CR on 10/03/2015 at 6:31 PM

Re: “CONCERT REVIEW: Neil Young made his own headlines at Spokane Arena

Another gem of an article by Laura Johnson.

Posted by Dylan on 10/03/2015 at 2:17 PM

Re: “What we know so far — and what we don't — about the mass shooting in Oregon

According to interviews on CNN, the gunman asked victims to stand or otherwise identify themselves as Christians. Those who did were shot. Matthew 10:32-33. I wonder if the victims were "Bitter Americans clinging to guns and religion."

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Posted by muddydog on 10/02/2015 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub resigns

Teresa you nailed it, let the smoke and mirror show begin. the mayor is trying to sweep his incompetence and the chief's affair under the rug.

Posted by CityNon-Spokesman on 10/02/2015 at 7:19 AM

Re: “Q&A with Spokane's Interim Police Chief Rick Dobrow

Some would like people to believe the firing of Straub was a "Bloodless small town Coup d'etat?" by the Lts and Captains Association. The truth is that on the same date the L&C Association filed a complaint also did SPD Directors; Dobrow, Smith, Schwering, and Lynds. All four stated the observed the following:

* Unreasonable emotional outbursts
* Personal Attacks
* Threats regarding our employment and position
* Scare tactics
* Retaliation
* Degradation of character
* Demeaning and condescending treatment
* Profane and highly inappropriate language
* Misrepresentation of the Mayor, City Administrator, and others

The individuals making these allegations are NOT the Lts and Captains Association, they are Straub's hand-picked Exempt Directors.

The most troubling allegation for the Community should be *UNTRUTHFULNESS" something many of us have been pointing out for over three years. The question is WHY the “Untruthfulness” was tolerated by Straub's hand-picked exempt staff for so long.

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Posted by Brian R Breen on 10/02/2015 at 5:37 AM

Re: “Police ombudsman commission opts to offer Florida candidate interim position, do more thorough background check

I was in the audience at City Hall last night and made it clear that I was not satisfied with the decision to hire Breeden who I have publicly opposed from the start. Here are comments I posted last night after the OPOC made its erroneous decision to hire Breeden:

Well, the people of Spokane have, I mean don't have, I mean have, I mean, well, come on folks. It's Spokane after all. The people of Spokane either do or don't have an Ombudsman. You figure it out....

I was surprised to hear OPO Commission president Deb Conklin flat out call the Florida investigation of Breeden "fraudulent". I was also surprised by her minimizing of the allegations, seemingly being unaware that one woman accused him of aggressively poking her in the arm.

This would seem unlikely to turn out well. After 5 years with a former cop become Ombudsman who never found a police investigation he didn't like, rather than seeking an even somewhat clean process, the Commission rushed to a muddled and chaotic conclusion to satisfy "the people of Spokane".

The Commission had been on the verge of refusing to make a decision approving of any of the three candidates until Tim Connor (who I tremendously respect and am not criticizing here) rose to speak. The fragility of the opinions of the Commission members (who I also respect and don't envy in this situation) was evident in the changing of positions following Tim's comments.

I do wish that one member of the audience in attendance had spoken, i..e, Howard Braham of the Spokane County Civil Service Commission, who has attended some of the public meetings and interviews with the three Ombudsman candidates. Braham raised his hand at one point, after the first round of public comments, but unfortunately desisted, despite my walking over to encourage him to share his thoughts.

I also believe the OPO Commission erred - and I stated so in my comments - in its analysis of its need for and who to fill that need for an OPO Commission staff person. I do not believe that the OPO Commission, which will be in a position to field public complaints about the Ombudsman himself should share a staff person with the Ombudsman. That is a clear conflict. The fact that the previous ineffective Ombudsman had been willing to share his staff person is not an argument for the current OPO Commission accepting that arrangement. The new Ombudsman will need at least a full-time staff person of his own. And the Commission will need more than the 10 hours "borrowed time" from the Ombudsman's staff person. There should be no sharing of staff between the OPO and OPO Commission except in the most mundane, insubstantial tasks (filling the copy machine, for example), if even that.

One can only hope - as I do - that this does not blow up in the face of the OPO Commission and, worse, of the people of Spokane. Unfortunately, the City of Spokane bats about 0% on matters like this.

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Posted by DavidBrookbank on 10/01/2015 at 8:48 PM

Re: “Q&A with Spokane's Interim Police Chief Rick Dobrow

"Did you ever disagree with any of his decisions?

Yeah on a couple of disciplinary things. I’m more of a disciplinarian. [Straub] can be pretty abrupt and hard line, but he seemed to be kind of soft-sided sometimes when it came to some of the disciplinary issues.

I can’t speak freely about our internal affairs investigations, but an investigator would make a recommendation for a suspension of 40 hours, for example, and [Straub] would counter with, 'How about half that?'"

So he really wasn't a "agent of change" and was "soft-sided" when it came to "disciplinary issues" Okay so what was the true Lydia Taylor story and where is she working now? What is the true Melissa Nystrom, Teresa Giannetto stories?

And an example of what you learned doesn't work?

I’ll tell you this: He never created an environment where I felt safe enough to be entirely candid with him. It was always very formal. I always addressed him by 'Chief.' It was never a relaxed environment even if we were out at lunch together.

We talked about [managing] people, and I would say that's a challenge for him.

Okay...he is are SAFE now so how about everyone starts telling the truth? If you want credibility that is where it starts. Any problems with the Forfeiture Fund Account, or the Confidential Funds Account?

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Posted by Brian R Breen on 10/01/2015 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Local artists' project features everyday people in an Apollo 11 space suit

So weird reading this and two other online articles on The Space Hero Mission. I'm the youngest brother of Julia and the first person in that space suit (That's actually me in the space suit in the last picture) and I'm so glad to see that this is capturing the attention of so many people, If you have the time, in the area they are going, and $100 I would most definitely recommend taking this unique opportunity. Don and Julia are such great people and I have no doubt that you will have a great time with them, it might feel a little bit awkward in the space suit but they are amazing photographers and you will be amazed amazed at how well the pictures will finally turn out.

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Posted by Joshua Weber on 10/01/2015 at 2:33 AM

Re: “How Breaking Bad redeemed its worst mistakes

If you some how missed my point, my point is that Jesse didn't just all of a sudden come to the conclusion that walt poisoned Brock When his weed was gone. He had been plagued with those thoughts, thinking about them over and over in his head long before that happened. that happening only confirmed without a doubt his suspicions of it along.

Posted by Joshua Axlrod Sisk on 09/30/2015 at 11:31 PM

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