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Re: “The five best examples of character development on TV

I think you're missing someone and his honor.

Posted by Ashton Lee on 12/17/2014 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Spokane police ombud Burns to retire from oversight position

he got tired of the b.s. too, such a shame to lose him...

Posted by Michael Plewak on 12/17/2014 at 9:22 AM

Re: “Gov. Inslee announces education agenda

So, let me get this straight. The governor and the state legislature abdicate their responsibility and barely escape the contempt of the state Supreme Court in the McCleary decision. And, they have no real, substantive plan in place to resolve the problem of funding education (as required by the state constitution). The people approved, through the constitutional and democratic initiative process, a class-size reduction initiative.

Of course, no one really knows where the money will come from, but the governor and legislature are now tasked with that.

But, now, the governor just unilaterally nullifies the efforts and will of the people of the state because "... we've decided here is that we cannot fully fund [the class size initiative] in this first biennium ..."

Maybe the Washington State Supreme Court needs to rethink the whole contempt thing and find both the legislature AND the governor in contempt.

The money is there. Cutting the pay of the top two tiers of management of the state agencies in half or more will render the bulk of the funds necessary, I'm sure. The salaries of those people are obscene and need to be brought back to a realistic level. What if those people quit? No big deal. They bring little value for the buck. We'll hire someone who will actually work for the salary provided.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Guy Pace on 12/17/2014 at 9:09 AM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

Mr Garner was not killed because he was selling loose cigarettes. He died from complications after the physical exertion from resisting arrest. You could just as easily say he was willing to die rather than be arrested for a misdemeanor. Either statement is inflammatory, and not helpful. I can't speak to New York, but I know that here in the St Louis (Ferguson) area more than 20 more young black men have been murdered--3 of them over the weekend-- all of them at the hands of other young black men. Where is the outrage for that?

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by John MacEnulty on 12/15/2014 at 6:58 PM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

Too many people have come to confuse activism with cheer-leading. These marches are great big pep-rallies but not anything more. It brings people together and gives people a sense of accomplishment without actual accomplishment. Nothing changes. Tim Eyman has gotten more legislation passed in this state than all of the protest marches of the past twenty years combined.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Tom L. Lloyd on 12/15/2014 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Just 10 days left in 2014 Short Fiction Contest, so send us your stories

Have the winners been contacted yet?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Iamsamsemail on 12/15/2014 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Downtown Spokane-East

Thanks for featuring skates from Krunch Skate Shop!

Posted by Chrissy Knox BettytheBrave on 12/14/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

Marie: Mr. Garner did not die because he was black. He was confronted by the police because he was selling loose cigarettes. Had he been standing with his hands in his pockets doing nothing, there would have been no encounter and he would not have died. I am not excusing what happened to him or suggesting that the police were justified. Rather, my point is that Democrats and especially liberals always want bigger, more powerful government in every situation, even in the aftermath of Mr. Garner's death. And yet it was big government with its burdensome regulations and abusive taxes that created the circumstances culminating in Mr. Garner's death. If the black community is upset by Mr. Garner's death, it should reconsider its allegiance to Democrats, the party of big government. If you don't learn from history, you're destined to repeat it.

6 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 12/13/2014 at 7:47 AM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

muddydog: The penalty for selling loose cigarettes is not death. It's just not. Yes, it does matter that he was black. Why? Because black people across the nation face extreme violence and profiling from law enforcement. As Ms. Dolezal noted, young black men are 21 times more likely than their white peers to to be killed by police (http://www.propublica.org/article/deadly-force-in-black-and-white). There is a pattern to these abuses and these losses of human life. Whether you believe in "big government" or limited government, this pattern is absolutely unacceptable. To deny its existence ignores the reality of life in this country for black Americans. I encourage you to learn more. One article to start with: http://colorlines.com/archives/2014/11/infographic_killed_by_the_cops.html

8 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Marie on 12/12/2014 at 9:09 PM

Re: “A new Caption Contest; plus, last week's winners

WHEN does this "week's" contest END ??

Posted by Jerry Mcginn on 12/12/2014 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Captain Planet

I'm a Spokane Chiefs Fan and we love him. All my kids have had thier pic taken with him and posted them on FB. One of my daughters even recognized him at Silverwood and asked if he was Recyle Man..... Nice guy in or out of character!

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jeff Alan-Hipke Buckner on 12/12/2014 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Captain Planet

Lots of folks trying to make their world a better place one bottle at a time, but not by recycling. Sing together now : "I'm shippin' up to Boston ... ."

Posted by muddydog on 12/12/2014 at 2:31 PM

Re: “Screw Big Cities

This article is pedestrian

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Pedestrian on 12/12/2014 at 11:34 AM

Re: “Captain Planet

I have never seen him running up and down the stands looking for recyclables. All he does is play on the ice during intermission. He was putting on a show for the Inlander story. And Nancy is right, no one likes him. Sorry but it's true.

5 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Lila Pearl on 12/12/2014 at 12:20 AM

Re: “Captain Planet

Wow negative Nancy. Mascots are part of the fun and Recycle Man is fun. It's very clear from watching him that he works hard to perfect stunts and dances in that costume (which can not be easy). I'm pretty sure he's use to both negative and positive responses but I have seen kids at both the ballpark and the arena dress up like him at games so you get off your high horse. At least he's making a difference.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Jennaration Wrecks Carroll on 12/11/2014 at 11:58 PM

Re: “Captain Planet

He's awesome ! Recycle man makes it fun for families and kids. We need more heroes theses days and he serves as one. Great at Spokane Indian's games as well. Keep it up!

8 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by lake girl on 12/11/2014 at 9:12 PM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

The saddest thing about this dichotomy is that NObody is all one thing, or another. Lots of black Americans have white, in them, and vice-versa. It is in the nature of people, however, to divide themselves in way too many ways that they should not, and even pack animals form tribes hostile to outsiders of the same species. I, earnestly, hope we can all rise above that, considering the potential for the mutual self-destruction that advanced technology might make possible.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Philip J. Mulligan on 12/11/2014 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Captain Planet

It's to bad nobody realizes that as far as the Spokane Chiefs fans go nobody can stand him. He is often booed when he is announced and at the very least you sure won't hear anyone clapping. As far as him saying that he doesn't compete with the other mascots I don't know what he does at the Indians games with Otto but it's obvious he competes with Boomer for the fans attention. If he absolutely has to be there I really wish he wouldn't be so public, he can walk around collecting trash or whatever but he needs to stay off the ice and out of the way.

3 likes, 21 dislikes
Posted by Kim Ohl on 12/11/2014 at 2:53 PM

Re: “More Than Skin Deep

What an unusual and wonderful gift, Jacque Gibson Kloehn. Now when Evelyn looks at that little heart scar she will only think of you.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Brenda Lynn Martinson on 12/11/2014 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Let Us Breathe

In the state of New York, it's illegal to sell tobacco products without a certificate of registration. Persons with the certificate must collect and pay tax on a pack of cigarettes that exceeds $4.00. When people like Mr. Garner sell loose cigarettes, they're interfering with the power of big government to extract tax dollars from its citizens. The police are the enforcement arm of big government, and in New York big government actively enforces the laws against loose cigarettes. Was Mr. Garner's death tragic? Absolutely. Was it because he was black? Absolutely not. He died because he defied big government and its excessive regulations and taxes. The black community could and should be outraged by the excesses of big government, the advocates of which tend to be Democrats. For years after the Civil War blacks tended to vote Republican because it was the party of Lincoln. Perhaps its time they went home to the Republican party.

6 likes, 18 dislikes
Posted by muddydog on 12/11/2014 at 1:25 PM

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