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Re: “Indentured Studenthood?

Part of it is Hillary Clinton charging universities and colleges $300K for 45 minute speeches.

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Posted by ptleahy on 02/26/2015 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Indentured Studenthood?

Past 8 years? The runaway train of higher education tuition started in the mid-1990s and has increased exponentially since that time.

I might add that the university that you have worked at for a number of years (GU) charges $38K a year in tuition alone (room and board are another $12K). That is completely unsustainable.

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Posted by ptleahy on 02/26/2015 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Accepting Love

I look forward to it, Mariah. :) Personally I'm impressed that you got questions about what it means to be male and female and binary coding into it as well. This is an important article and I would love to see a sexuality and love talk show on KYRS. That would be a dream come true. Just don't tease me with all these ideas and leave me hanging too often. You packed a formidable punch in your 500 words. Keep fightin' the good fight, and bringing the Buddha Palm of enlightenment :)

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Posted by Kelly Rae Mathews on 02/25/2015 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Accepting Love

It seems to be a sentinel of our time. People have a lot more technological & material items but we are much more famished
spiritually and emotionally.

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Posted by Marc Poulin on 02/24/2015 at 7:16 PM

Re: “Accepting Love

I agree Kelly, I tried to squeeze way too much in here. It is really three opinions crammed into one for the post-Valentine's Day look in the mirror. I promise to keep it more focused and localized in the future. Still getting the hang of this 500 word limit!

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Posted by Mariah on 02/24/2015 at 7:05 PM

Re: “Accepting Love

Mariah has many interesting things to talk about regarding humans as sexual beings and happiness therein, but doesn't get around to explicitly stating what she views as the romantic notions we need to peal away are, and why they are illusions, which left me wanting more. A second article perhaps regarding romantic illusions specific to the Inland Northwest in the context of nat'l romantic and sexual identities? :)

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Posted by Kelly Rae Mathews on 02/24/2015 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Where Are The Giants?

If America has any hope to stand tall again, more people are going to have to find alternatives to the two-party system. For far too long the system has been rigged to suit the real powers that be. The ones who have bought and sold the Democrats and Republicans who are now doing their bidding. We need real change in this country and if anybody thinks they will find it in both parties, they are horribly clueless and naive. Einstein was correct when he said that doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results is insanity. It pretty much sums up the American political system very well.

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Posted by spokanelefty on 02/22/2015 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Accepting Love

Wait, what? Stalinist tactics? Let me see if I've got this straight: First, Albert forgoes the courtesy of substantively addressing the content of this thoughtful commentary by dismissing it as overly academic in nature — and then he pulls out an allusion to Stalin to explain why Mariah's forward thinking will eventually fail? Here's the good news: If Albert is a day younger than 72, which I highly doubt he is, he's in the tiny faction of younger people who give the slightest boo about what people do in their bedrooms or bathrooms or who they choose to love or lie with. It is a group that is rapidly becoming extinct, if not as a natural product of the march of human progress, then by virtue of advanced age (or advanced angina from watching too much FOX "News"). These discussions will soon seem laughable for how much effort was poured into preventing people from making their own determinations about what to do with their bodies. In the meantime, voices like Mariah's are an important stepping stone toward the future. Albert's nonsensical comparison of this peace-mongering column to the tactics of a murderous dictator is emblematic of nothing more than the bloody, gasping, final breath of history's losers.

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Posted by jryan on 02/21/2015 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Accepting Love

There are two articles I just read in the Easterner echoing both your Inlander articles! One talks about NOT signing the police questioning immigration status repeal petition and the other is about how colleges should pick up the slack and teach sex education and sexual taboos. Thank you for contributing to the Inlander I really enjoy reading your writing. I'm so glad to see the important messages being spread in other parts of the community.

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Posted by Celia Rebecca on 02/20/2015 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Indentured Studenthood?

Caveat emptor. A four year degree in many fields doesn't qualify a graduate for the workforce. Technical degrees from a Community College, especially in health care, are shorter than four year degrees, cheaper, and more likely to result in a job.

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Posted by muddydog on 02/19/2015 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Opting Out of Reality

"...but this one guy with a blog" - funniest line of the entire piece.

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Posted by Phil Johnson on 02/19/2015 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Accepting Love

Dear Mariah:
You tend to throw around a lot of stereotypical buzzwords that sound like they are taken from a bull session among college sophomores sipping latte at Starbucks. As you grow in experience you may find that in the real world that human nature is not so easily manipulated by academic discussions. You might be able to get people to conform by coercion, but Stalinist tactics eventually fail, even if some people get hurt in the process.

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Posted by Albert on 02/19/2015 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Trials and Triumphs

Triumphs in electoral politics have to include Representative Mia Love of Utah and Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina. Love is the child of Haitian immigrants and the first person of Haitian ancestory elected to Congress. Scott is the first African American elected to the U.S. Senate from the South since Reconstruction.

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Posted by muddydog on 02/16/2015 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Opting Out of Reality

If the economy is finally improving, does that mean we finally get a reprieve from all the tedious twaddle about income redistribution?

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Posted by muddydog on 02/15/2015 at 8:28 PM

Re: “Opting Out of Reality

Typical Progressive Liberal diatribe.

Vaccinations - While I agree that science has done remarkable work in the area of infectious disease, I would never be in favor of any government forcing inoculations. You, as a statist, believe the government has that right. Hitler and Staling come to mind.

Science is not based on consensus, it is based on empirical evidence. The fact that you and your "climate change" moron friends have changed your "global warming" claims to climate change is proof that you have lost the argument. Your scientist and researches have been caught "fixing" the data so many times, it is beyond belief taht you still believe them. I prefer to call it falsifying and lying about the data, however you still believe in them. Why, I ask? As a statist, you know that it is about controlling the masses. That is your true end game. I have never had the pleasure of sitting down and having a conversation with you to determine if you are a mere communist "useful idiot" or a true believer.

In Obama's own words, "whats wrong with spreading the wealth around" Once again, as a statist, your belief is that my money is better spent by a government bureaucrat. It is well known that conservatives are FAR more generous than their liberal counterparts. We believe that we should be able to determine how our charitable dollars are spent, rather than our money being used to support infanticide (yes that is what abortion really is), and a bloated welfare system that rewards the most lazy among us. I am all for a safety net, however your party leaders have given the vast majority of the recipients a fricken hammock. I see this abuse every single day and it sickens me. Libby libs love them, because they are built in votes for your party. I challenge you to research and report on the real Obamacare numbers. How many fully paid enrollments are there? How many of those currently enrolled had their health insurance policies cancelled as a direct result of Obamacare? Explain their repeated lies about enrollments last year that required getting Sylvia Mathews Burwell in front of Congress to make her tell the truth. I am also sure that you are all in favor of Gruber's tactics of lying to the American people about Obamacare. So much for his most transparent administration in history.

Socialism is not just the control of the means of production. You can enact socialism through tax policy, by just taking from the citizenry to spend the money on your central planning programs.

I would be happy to have a coffee with you to determine how much you really know vs. what you parrot as a mouthpiece for progressives. What do you think they are referring to when they use progressive? Oh, that would be socialism!

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Posted by mjohhson77 on 02/12/2015 at 4:22 PM

Re: “The 30,000-Foot View

I'm from Spokane and I love Spokane the article was too brief I've been away for a while and would love to have heard more

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Posted by Carol Utter O'Cell on 02/12/2015 at 4:04 PM

Re: “Mean Streets

There's a bit more to the this story than being unfriendly to business and enforcing parking rules. Somebody's getting even for something.

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Posted by Zelda Krup on 02/07/2015 at 11:15 PM

Re: “Chasing Whales

I wouldn't say that I'm against whales, per se, but if it is a matter of focusing on the sectors that provide the most growth and bang for the buck, there's a good body of evidence that small and local beats out big and quasi-local on a number of different metrics. The one I'm most interested in is this: when a dollar gets spent at any given store, does it stay here or does it leave town that night in an electronic transfer, never to return?

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Posted by libmark on 02/06/2015 at 3:40 PM

Re: “Chasing Whales

The "whales" bring jobs which are much needed locally. It seems a bit negative and counter-productive to to say we don't need them. It is also not very progressive to be snobbish about what businesses are in Spokane. Big stores bring in customers who want to shop in them. Those customers who go to places like Urban Outfitters, Apple, and Anthropology stores end up, more often than not, checking out the local businesses nearby. That is what happens in cities.

Is Spokane a city or a small town that is negative toward anything that brings jobs or visitors to shop here?

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Posted by stuckherefornow on 02/05/2015 at 11:07 PM

Re: “Chasing Whales

Right on, Luke. I recently attended an economic development conference and came across this statistic: only 3% of economic development comes from business relocation, aka these home runs of which you speak.

To stick with the baseball analogy, the remaining 97% comes from business retention and manufacturing runs via small ball: draw a walk, bunt the runner into scoring position, and so on. To do that, we need the type of ecosystem that GSI is putting together. The local education and public library systems are being pulled in as key players (Hello, welcome to your library... and free rent for your start-up... and professional-grade business research). Check out what our local libraries are doing at Even though Spokane is a little late to get in on the game, we're well positioned. Only 16 more days until pitchers and catchers report for spring training...

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Posted by libmark on 02/04/2015 at 7:47 PM

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