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Re: “I Saw You

I'm so sorry for you! Maybe there will be another someday. Don't give up hope!

Posted by LLL on 07/29/2016 at 2:08 PM

Re: “A Broken World

Potsie, as mentioned in this article local shelters were full that night.

I am not familiar with any services that Cup of Cool Water could offer to her at 2am on a Saturday. Pretty sure they are closed at that time. If I am mistaken please let me know as many of us will likely encounter someone with similar needs in the future.

The underlying issue is that we do not have a way to rapidly assess the need to involuntarily commit someone on a temporary basis for their own safety. Detox facilities can not hold people who do not want to be there. Patients can leave at any moment. The shelters told us to take her to the hospital. We are not professional social workers, so we took their advice. Retrospectively perhaps we should have tried to talk her into staying in a hotel room. I really don't know how that would have turned out.

Yes we must respect the rights and individual autonomy of people struggling with substance abuse and mental illness, but there are cases where "safe holds" may be the most compassionate option. Being "free" to get raped again and get messed up in the streets is no kind of freedom at all. It is gross to use "individual rights" as an excuse to turn the other way when people desperately need help. Before we lost sight of her there was a crew of male meth users who took notice of her out on the street. We know this because we stopped to try to talk with them and they told us they were all high. It was a living nightmare.

To DR C, I agree. We need so much more than platitudes. I believe that to be able to get to the solutions that are needed we must first show people the depth of the problem, and show them that action is always possible, however small and immediate. Not responding with whatever means are at our disposal is not an option. What do you think are solutions? I'm sure I will continue to explore such things in future pieces.

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Posted by Mariah on 07/29/2016 at 1:15 PM

Re: “Train Tax?

Our liberal lemming majority on Spokane City Council are at it again.....

Don't fix the potholes but save the elephants.....

This feel good legislation is going to cost the taxpayers another million dollars or two after WE LOSE in court.

Interstate commerce is really old, established law and the aforementioned ignorant left wing nuts are more than happy to waste our tax dollars fighting it.

What's sad is as they are grandstanding in attempts to further their own political careers at our expense like Jon Snyder did, these buffoons are surrounded by product made from oil and are are wearing it.

Such ignorance and hypocrisy is an embarrassment to themselves and the City of Spokane.....

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Posted by WAKE-UP-Ds on 07/29/2016 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Train Tax?

The affected railroads will sue, arguing that the tax impermissibly burdens interstate commerce, which is the exclusive domain of the U.S. Congress pursuant to the Commerce Clause of the U.S. constitution. The taxpayer citizens will undoubtedly pay the cost of the litigation, which may be beyond the abilities of the City Attorney's office. The question is whether more attorneys' fees is the best allocation of limited tax revenues. Talk amongst yourselves.

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Posted by muddydog on 07/29/2016 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Straub report cites at least 25 times that city officials were alerted to the chief's concerning behavior

Police employees and the Police Guild fail to even police themselves. All this going on but no ethics complaints filed.. nothing done but passing the buck. Many city employees union bargaining agreements don't even have the City Of Spokane Ethics Code as a requirement for employment. Zero accountability on all levels. That leaves a environment for more and more corruption and Bs from the Mayors office and throughout City Hall. www.RecallCondon.net #ChangeSpokane

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Posted by Jamie Pendleton on 07/29/2016 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Straub report cites at least 25 times that city officials were alerted to the chief's concerning behavior

Good job...the Devil is in the details...lots of great stuff in the statements!

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Posted by Brian R Breen on 07/29/2016 at 7:27 AM

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