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Re: “When Sharing Isn't Caring

The simple FACT is that no one "planted drugs" on Mike Brown. Mike Brown was in FACT in the midst of a crime spree when he was confronted by a person we actually pay to protect us from people like Mike Brown. A policeman, a paid public servant, sworn to enforce laws and catch robbers, drug dealers, thieves, rapists and the other cream of liberal society.

Cry all you want, your thug got killed by a policeman he was trying to beat to death in a public street.. This has nothing to do with "Jim Crow", 3/5ths of crap or any other garbage you spit into peoples faces.

This week in Chicago, a dozen black men were murdered by,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,black men. You could have cared less. Your false outrage over the death of a thug, makes you a joke of a human being.

Posted by whocares on 09/02/2015 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Age of Zaycon

As someone who hasn't made a decent living in over two years, hearing "it's easier to hire charming employees and teach them to drive trucks than to hire truck drivers and teach them to be charming" is really reassuring and gives me a bit of hope. Seems like a great boss and it's great to hear a start-up doing well, especially a local one.

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Posted by JE on 09/01/2015 at 2:33 PM

Re: “Connecting the Dots

This isn't so much an article as it is a rather amateurish piece of self-promotion/branding under the guise of "comment" journalism, which is rather interesting given the fact that Ms. McKay seems to have replaced Mr. Baumgarten as the newest author of the now-obligatory "young up-and-coming lifelong Spokanite with Important Things to say" column.

If Ms. McKay wants to actually address this issue and others like them, then in the future she would do well to avoid following in Mr. Baumgarten’s footsteps by finding it necessary to provide a self-aggrandizing laundry list of her local cultural bonafides in every single article before ever writing anything substantive. What could have been an insightful article instead reads like the “About The Candidate” tab on a political campaign website. At this point in time, most of Spokane (or at the very least the Inlander’s readership) is quite well aware of what Terrain is, and her or Mr. Baumgarten’s involvement with that undertaking is of little relevance to an ability to write intelligent and digestible policy analysis and cultural commentary. Name dropping Lisa Brown and spending the rest of the article conveying to us a story of how you saw a wounded veteran once does not a piece of journalism make. Cut the Thomas Friedman act, you’ll be better for it. Referring to yourself as a "middle-class young professional" (circa 2011 no less! A yuppie at such an early age!) in a manner that suggests that we should be impressed that you were able to step outside your privilege bubble is especially off-putting.

If this is what passes for young writing at The Inlander, then I worry for its future. That the Inlander staff continues to let "articles" such as this go to print without realizing their inherent self-serving banality serves as an indictment not only of Spokane's ongoing case of "Big Fish/Small Pond Syndrome," but of this editorial staff's worrying tendency in recent years not to do its job when it comes to its opinion writers more generally. To wit: Ms. Dolezal's faux-blackness aside, she was a terrible writer; pull four of her articles up in separate tabs, move paragraphs around. Seriously, try it. You'll see what I mean.

All this being said, I have no doubt that Ms. McKay is passionate about this and other causes. I read this article in the first place because the title and the first paragraph suggest that she will tackle an important topic. Given that, she should stick to the policy problem in question. Furthermore, the editorial staff should ensure that she and other writers do the same, instead of granting individuals use of the pages of an essential local newsweekly to increase their name recognition in the community carte blanche at the expense of actual journalism. Anything else makes it difficult for readers to take these articles seriously in the future, which undermines the work of those who want to tackle these problems. The author's mini-resume is included at the end of the article anyway, so why not let the writing speak for itself?

Spokane is at a generational crossroads, and as a fellow young born-and-raised Spokanine, I believe our ability to actually be honest with ourselves and discuss these issues instead of throwing around vague platitudes will determine a lot about the city's future. The Inlander, like it or not, needs to step up to the plate and take reasoned, well-researched stances. Vacuous, anecdotal and self-promoting articles such as Ms. McKay’s simply don't help. If those were all I wanted, I would go read George Nethercutt.

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Posted by Spokoutlander on 09/01/2015 at 2:16 PM

Re: “A New Home

This gives me pause despite how lovely it sounds. I have never yet been to a pub with a seriously effective monitoring ethic.

Posted by Mary Olsen Schumacher on 09/01/2015 at 10:33 AM

Re: “Consistent Charity

This is great. I am currently started my own charity w my company to continue the giving but only through the platform of marijuana. The giving trees.

Posted by Michael Schofield on 09/01/2015 at 8:40 AM

Re: “Connecting the Dots

Which we are you referring to?

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Posted by cbryan on 08/31/2015 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Brick by Brick

Parking always sucks!!!

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Posted by Teresa Juneau-Simon on 08/31/2015 at 9:21 PM

Re: “The Final Countdown

"Well man, that's just like your opinion."
....and as we all know....everyone has one.

Posted by Courtney Kane on 08/31/2015 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Brick by Brick

Wow! So much change is happening!

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Posted by Lauren Skiles on 08/31/2015 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Will police ombudsman candidate Allen Huggins' online comments hurt his chances for the job?

He is asking an important question. I would like to know the answer.

Why don't "black lives matter" when they are murdered by black criminals? In 2014, 3000 blacks were killed by blacks and Al Sharpton is so quiet you would think the black community had asked him to pay his taxes.

Where is the outrage for police officers being murdered by racist black criminals?

A black/ gay racist former reporter murdered two defenseless white people, filmed it and sent a 20 page racist rant to an ABC news station,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,no one from the Obama White House cared in the least.

Why don't Cops lives matter? or whites lives matter? or children's lives matter? Why is it okay to harvest babies whole and then sell their parts to medical labs? That is as ghoulish on it's best day.

What is it about a valid question, that so upsets socialists and "social justice activists" fighting for the rights of drug peddlers, criminals, murderers, pedophiles and rapists? Imagine a world where they cared about the victim as much as the thug.

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Posted by whocares on 08/31/2015 at 12:40 PM

Re: “MB: Spokane SWAT incident, McKinley now Denali, ISIS's war on history

RE: Mt. Denali, Great Idea.
Next Up: McClellan's Butte in the Cascades off I-90. "Little Mac" was a poor wartime general and lost to Lincoln in his re-election bid. He may have named it but...

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Posted by patwick on 08/31/2015 at 12:12 PM

Re: “To the Point

Ask him about his politics. The Inlander would hate them. But that reinforces the fact King Buzzo's a god-like genius with a suitcase full of street cred.

Posted by muddydog on 08/31/2015 at 12:01 PM

Re: “A Beer Hub

They must be a bunch of morons. Ask Mark Richard, the Cowles, and the Downtown Spokane Partnership - downtown is a dangerous place full of bums and street kids, parking is impossible, and on and on and on...

(Yes, this is satire. I work downtown and regularly come back in the evening or on weekends with my family. The people that are scared of downtown don't get out much and will always probably feel more comfortable shopping at a big box, eating at a chain restaurant, and walking around a mall - they'll probably drive around for hours in a vast expanse of asphalt looking for a parking spot close to the door too. Takes all kinds I guess.)

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Posted by EdZuck on 08/31/2015 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Will police ombudsman candidate Allen Huggins' online comments hurt his chances for the job?

He's telling the truth. It's like Holy Water to Dracula today. The further a society slips from the truth, the more they will hate those who speak it.

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Posted by Elisa Delaurenti on 08/31/2015 at 10:46 AM


It's wonderful to see efforts to revive and/or keep Native Languages alive. Great that the Inlander is reporting on these efforts. It would be cool if Salish classes could be offered through Spokane City Parks and Recreation, too. As a non-Native I would love to take some courses.

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Posted by justjojo on 08/31/2015 at 8:35 AM

Re: “A Beer Hub

Orlison exclusively brews lagers and its Pilsner 37 is a fine beer. I read another article which claimed five new breweries will be opening in Spokane within the next year. Spokane is no Portland but it is becoming a beer haven in its own right.

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Posted by William Howlett Breckenridge on 08/30/2015 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Process of Elimination

George, Which of these men stands and speaks for common people rather than business interests and PAC's who fund their campaigns? When "Your candidates" can speak out for People's Rights rather than corporate rights, Only Then, this former GOP'er will consider your "candidates."

Posted by patwick on 08/30/2015 at 10:14 AM

Re: “Connecting the Dots

Hopefully the series of articles will amount to something more than handwringing and a plea for higher taxes. We're taxed more than enough already, thank you.

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Posted by muddydog on 08/30/2015 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Will police ombudsman candidate Allen Huggins' online comments hurt his chances for the job?

The position of ombudsman is eyewash at best and ideological at worst. Either way, bickering over candidates is a waste of time.

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Posted by muddydog on 08/30/2015 at 9:43 AM

Re: “A Voice for the Voiceless

Thank you.

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Posted by Sharon Hedlund on 08/30/2015 at 12:10 AM

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