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Thank you for posting this meaningful peace towards healing. "While there is a bothersome strain of "Spokane nice" among professional circles, the kind of generosity and concern that Dolezal generally benefited from in our community is actually a strength to be proud of, not a weakness to root out.
Ultimately, only Dolezal can take responsibility for her actions. No amount of personal doubt or collective grief around false narratives of Spokane can absolve her of the need to provide the accountability our community deserves." Well said.
YES! Looking forward to this, sounds like a blast!
It is important for all of us to think about what kind of city we want Spokane to become and then figure out how to be part of that. Thank you, Mariah!
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 :)
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? :)
This is great news that Lori Kinnear is running for City Council.
I would hope that with the adaptation of the common core curriculum, the new text books adapted by local school districts will prepare our children and all of us who are living here, as, Ms. Dolezal writes, for the "globalized, intercultural, multilingual world they will live and work in." Because, right now, Spokane doesn't seem ready for that. I am ashamed to see a teacher of all people making the comments I read on this board. We need Ms. Dolezal here, helping us to open our eyes to making Spokane more successful over all. Isn't that what we want? A better future for ourselves and our children? To me that means one where the *least* we can do is teach our children some manners, like how not to stare and how to interact with other children with grace. Do we want Spokane to open up to the rest of the world and have a better economic future? Then we need to move forward with grace instead of acting like children ourselves, by throwing the equivalent of adult temper tantrums. People need to stop waving their metaphorical fists around and actually listen and put themselves in the shoes Ms. Dolezal's asking us to wear for moment. As far as I know, that's the Christian thing to do.
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