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Computer programmer and Spokane Valley based Washington State Cougar alum... GO COUGS!!!

Recent Comments

Re: “Money Men

"When you step off the edge of a cliff it is kinda hard to just walk away..." Should have refused the $7,000 increase in pay, me thinks?

Posted by schmidty on 11/18/2014 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Q&A: More Allen Stone and Myles Kennedy

To bad Myles and Slash couldn't do an acoustic set here in Spokane. That would be well worth seeing!! :)

Posted by schmidty on 10/23/2014 at 3:31 PM

Re: “MONDAY MORNING PLACEKICKER: "Coug-ing it," college football explodes, and happy Blue Monday

At "Over It".... really?! NFLers, College and semi-pro know very well the dangers and potential injuries associated with playing this game. It is not like they are forced to do it?! College players are compensated, btw... it is called free (have seen the cost of a four year college education lately) tuition, books, meals, tutoring, transportation and campus housing!!! And this goes for state, tax-payer funded colleges as well!! And why do these players continue to take part in such a sport... FOR THE MONEY AND BENEFITS!! Sorry, NFL players are extremely well compensated and cared for... I disagree with you.

Posted by schmidty on 10/07/2014 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Poverty is on the rise in Washington

Hmmm.... glad Cathy McMorris-Rodgers voted "no" on the 2014 Farm Bill causing a $90 a month reduction of assistance in food stamps for those in need....

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Posted by schmidty on 09/22/2014 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Long Odds

Muddydog... I agree with you but in today's politics in DC they go beyond debate and do what they can to shut 'er down completely... It used to not be like this - Where have the politicians like Howard Baker, where have they gone?

Posted by schmidty on 07/30/2014 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Long Odds

So you are saying private industry will want to invest in a region that has a poor infrastructure? I can't even begin to understand that thinking, seriously?! I always thought tax dollars were used for rebuilding our public utilities and transportation systems?? The city of Spokane has streets that are in deplorable shape, challenge me on that fact.... I dare you!! We have a aquifer system that really needs public support? As far as hanging on to lumber jobs: I would love to work as a blacksmith shoeing horses all day, used to be a pretty good job back in the 1890s but you know the technologies change; workers can't always work in the industry they like and need to keep up with evolving technologies - this is a conservative business argument that is said time and again about workers in the US; so why not apply the same argument to the logging and mining industries as well?! Change with the times... Besides at the rate we bring down forests and the technology we use these days you probably don't need to hire very many lumber workers anymore (not like the old days). Software is used by EVERYTHING in this day and age and has actually ignited a revolution for the past 30 years. Why not talk to people like Elon Musk about bringing electric automobile manufacturing to the Spokane region? Jeff Bezos probably would love to invest in a region like Spokane that his employees could live and work in; lower cost of living, nice summers, lakes and parks to visit, etc. Google had considered Spokane region as a finalist in their high speed internet systems... would have brought a lot of technology to this area. None of this will happen until we start changing our thought process in the Inland Empire. You need to think for the modern age.... not this ass-backward thought process that started with the "Reagan Revolution" in the mid 80s.

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Posted by schmidty on 07/28/2014 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Long Odds

Mr. Horne, you said "This whole region, historically — all the money and jobs originally came through mining and logging. Now the Forest Service and the [Environmental Protection Agency] have effectively shut down logging and mining. … I think the first thing I would do is loosen the grip of the EPA and the Forest Service"... really?! I remember the days when you could gaze on the beauty of the forests as you drove through northern Idaho and mining town of Wallace Idaho. Not any more. The same for the Cascades going through Snoqualmie Pass. The lumber industry is wiping out our forests!! Do you really believe less EPA/Forest Service, mining and lumber jobs will increase our local and regional economics and create jobs??? How about improving technology, increasing interest in local tourist industry, improving housing, fixing the roads, improving transportation and getting big companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook large manufacturing companies (instead of call centers) to want to invest their business in this area?! Jeez....

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Posted by schmidty on 07/24/2014 at 10:33 PM

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