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Re: “Spark of Change

Doing investigative journalism is expensive work, so you hope--particularly if you want control of what you investigate and for how long and by what means--to finish with a book or series that you can publish. For money. How else do you suggest a person pursue this type of career? As for charging for tickets, Hedges was not just passing through Spokane by coincidence. So people buying tickets are paying for that travel and for his time, not an exorbitant amount. The guy teaches in prisons, which I'm assuming is either voluntary or not well paid.

Posted by taylorrw18 on 03/05/2015 at 11:43 PM

Re: “Why Idaho kids don't go to college

You also need to look at the Home Schooled children. I know a family that home schools. There daughter NEVER recieved a diploma and is grossly undereducated. She has had one job ever. She is one of 9 children.
She helped raise the last 5 siblings. She is trying to work on a GED. She is AGAINST public schools. She is 22 years old.
She feels being a stay at home mom is a career and she wants to school her future children from home as well.
She was not treated well she and her siblings lived a fearful abussive life.
She sees how much my spouse and I work and that we still have debt related to our educations. This does not inspire her.

Posted by Michelle Huskinson on 03/05/2015 at 11:08 PM

Re: “Spark of Change

We can all thank Obama for starting the race and class wars in America.

And Hedges? Does he not understand that he will be one of the first pulled from his car and savaged by Obama voters during a riot/revolution? LOL

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Posted by Smarg on 03/05/2015 at 9:33 PM

Re: “'Weak-Kneed'

Another hit piece on Haskell for not being a liberal sellout, which apparently the Inlander wants him to be.

And the "Minority Report" might just as well be titled "White Genocide".

Posted by Smarg on 03/05/2015 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Why Idaho kids don't go to college

Mr Walters, you are an excellent writer but my gut tells me this article was contracted by Albertson. I don't think that's necessarily bad but there is a lot more information on Idaho kids and college education than what comes from then. And you cite a raise in university tuition of 30% - but fail to mention the actual cost, which is a tuition of $6500/year. That price has been called a remarkable bargain at UI by prestigious sources. Idaho education is cheap and the ROI is unmatched in the job market. You also made an assumption - that high school grad rates are computed as they are across the country. They are not. Idaho counts those who start senior year and those who finish. It's done to hide the truth - Idaho high school education is a very weak link. Idaho doesn't pay enough to hire teachers with college degrees in the area they teach. Teacher preparation standards are very low for secondary teachers in Idaho and that's why rich districts like Boise have very high go on rates but Filer, Idaho - not so much. The teachers work hard but are asked to teach material they don't know inside and out and students see that - they get it and lose enthusiasm. But taxes must be raised on wealthy Idahoans to fix this problem and Idaho hasn't elected people who push that agenda in many years. This is a fixable problem but it's rooted in politics. Please give us a deep researched article. Idaho students need your help.

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Posted by Idahoprof on 03/05/2015 at 9:13 PM

Re: “Why Idaho kids don't go to college

Can someone explain the almost as bad as Idaho rates for WA and OR as seen in the map above? Something seems out of whack.

Posted by Mark Solomon on 03/05/2015 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Spark of Change

Nice distraction Woo Hoo, but not responsive. How much does our principled radical charge per book, and how much has he accumulated from the system he criticizes? And here's a new one for you think over: Does it strike you as incongruous that he's charging his fellow travelers money to explain the evils of capitalism? Have you ever heard the word "chump"?

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Posted by muddydog on 03/05/2015 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Spark of Change

The opening sentence??

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Posted by Riley Jessett on 03/05/2015 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Spark of Change

Yeah, Muddydog, cause writers are always rich. Clearly Hedges, who has traveled and reported from around the world, including numerous war zones, who has a deep education and has put it to use by learning from people around the country about their plight, couldn't possibly know anything you don't. So let's get angry, ignore these smarty pants intellectuals, buy guns, and listen to wingnut radio shows until the insanity bursts an aneurysm. Woo hoo!

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Posted by Woo Hoo on 03/05/2015 at 7:27 PM

Re: “'I Do Not Trust Muzlims'

Anyone who advocates for muslims has no idea what they are advocating, or they are just as evil. People need to research about islam.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib9rofXQl6w

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpM6QKaAgP0

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Posted by Tammy Johnson on 03/05/2015 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Spark of Change

How much does this stylish, collar poppin' revolutionary charge for a copy of his book? What's his net worth? How much has he profited from the system he criticizes? Really tired of listening to well -heeled activists sob into their Chardonnay about the plight of the working man.

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Posted by muddydog on 03/05/2015 at 4:47 PM

Re: “Spark of Change

Can't wait to hear him speak. If anyone is involved in any kind of leftist ideology, this is something to attend.

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Posted by Kenny Barney on 03/05/2015 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Why Idaho kids don't go to college

Can someone tell me when TV actor Mike Rowe became an authority on education and on Idaho's public education system? Was it when he cashed the paycheck from the Albertson Foundation for narrating TV ads in support of the Don't Fail Idaho initiative? Or was it when the Albertson Foundation brought him to town and anointed him as an ED Sessions speaker?

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Posted by Kevin Wilson on 03/05/2015 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Why Idaho kids don't go to college

Idaho will reap what it sows!

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Posted by Quiet One on 03/05/2015 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Why Idaho kids don't go to college

I am fortunate to be studying engineering at a college outside of Idaho, but this is due to my parents' devotion to my education and financial assistance which is more abundant at private schools. Many of my classmates, like those described in the article, are less fortunate. My closest friend from high school wanted to go to college, but her parents didn't fill out the financial aid forms so she has been working as a nursing assistant since graduating high school. Most of my other friends also don't get tuition assistance from their parents, and it seems like the parents just don't care. Also, it seems like Idahoans start families much earlier than people I have met in other parts of the country - many of my Idaho classmates got married or started having kids right after high school. Of course, this makes it difficult to go to college. Besides attitudes toward college and financial difficulties, the rigor of Idaho high school classes also seems to be a problem. I remember reading about the debates against IB classes with disbelief. Students who want rigorous coursework take either IB or AP classes, and my school (Lakeland) offered neither and now no school in North Idaho offers IB. I actually went out of state to a private school for my last two years of high school to get academically prepared for college.

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Posted by Deanna on 03/05/2015 at 3:24 PM

Re: “'Weak-Kneed'

Free speech is not the same thing as speech without consequence. Ms. Haskell is free to be a bigot and espouse her beliefs publicly. However in doing so, she and her elected official husband have to be prepared to deal with the downstream negative consequences.

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Posted by Tim Note on 03/05/2015 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Why Idaho kids don't go to college

"Multiple studies have shown that in just a few years, 60 to 70 percent of Idaho jobs will require more than a high school diploma."

I am aware of only one such study, conducted in 2013 by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, which estimates that 61% of jobs in 2018 in Idaho will require postsecondary education. This study has been regularly cited by Governor Otter, the Albertson Foundation, and Idaho Business for Education. However, its findings are disputed by the chief researcher at the Idaho Department of Labor, who estimates that the number of jobs in 2018 requiring at least an associates degree will be less than half what the Georgetown study estimates.

Can the author supply citations for the "multiple studies" referred to in the quoted paragraph above. I would also be interested in seeing the source of the claim that "half of Idaho's community college enrollees have to take catch-up courses."

Could the author also clarify the following?

"In 2006 [Bob Lokken] sold the ProClarity Corporation to Microsoft, which he hoped would continue to hire engineers for its team in Boise. It didn't. 'After four years of not being able to keep up with attrition, they shut it down,' Lokken says."

To what is Lokken referring to as "it"? If he means the Boise office of Microsoft, the fact that it shut down four years ago will come as a surprise to my friends who work there today.

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Posted by JamesGatz on 03/05/2015 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Patriot Games

Ad Hominem: "Marked by or being an attack on an opponent's character rather than by an answer to the contentions made."

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Posted by muddydog on 03/05/2015 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Why Idaho kids don't go to college

I am a first generation college graduate, Idaho born and raised graduate from a north idaho logging town. My parents barely graduated high school, but I knew I wanted more. I worked my way through college with no car to save money. It was the 80's and Dad's financial support was $100 a month for the first school year. It took me 4 schools to graduate with a BS, but I did. I paid back the amount I had borrowed and worked for a few companies till I found one that would help with graduate school. I attended while working full time and paid my way without loans. I have been out of high school for 27 years, but I did it and don't owe anything. It can be done - but students have to want to pay their way and do what it takes. Idaho students can make it, even if from a logging family, poor school district and as a first generation college student- I am proof of that.

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Posted by Elizabeth Schroeder on 03/05/2015 at 2:27 PM

Re: “'Weak-Kneed'

Mrs. Haskell's comments are politically incorrect. She should be the subject of a recall petition.

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Posted by muddydog on 03/05/2015 at 2:23 PM

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