COMMENT | FROM READERS
Reaction to “Deaths in the Family” (5/14/15), a story about five recent suicides of students at Spokane Public Schools
STEPHANIE JOY MARKO: Absolutely heartbreaking. I pray for some peace for these children and families. I don’t know if bullying was the cause, but it has terrorized our daughter. I am glad extra counseling is available for students.
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PATRICIA BALANSAY MACKEY: Very tragic. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims’ friends and families. I sincerely hope we get to the root of this problem ASAP. I’m holding my baby extra tight tonight.
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TARA WILLIAMSON: The fact that our children are taking themselves out en masse speaks volumes about how they are treated in this community. I’ve been an educator for years, and study the neuroscience of development regularly. I’m not surprised our kids are doing this, I’ve seen so many taken for granted and forgotten or scapegoated for far too long. ASHLEY EVANS: It’s really good to see that they are trying to take steps in handling this. In 2010 there were four suicides in a month and they did not even let us talk about them, let alone bring any sort of grief counselors or any sort of support system to the school. I really hope their efforts now see through.
Reactions to “The Gender Games” (5/14/15), an essay about one woman’s social experiment holding doors for men
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JENNA ITTNER: I open the door for other people. Especially if they are older, have children, or if they are carrying something, etc. It’s just polite. I don’t really look at it in terms of what sex the person is. ERIKA DEASY: Aww, great. The Inlander has succumbed to the nonsense neofeminist agenda. Enjoy playing your little games, girlie. Us grown women prefer to just have our manners without all of the baiting and misandry. CHRIS CAMPBELL: This is what it’s come to. If we don’t hold the door for a woman, we’re misogynist; if we do hold the door, we’re sexist. ERIC STOCKTON: Common courtesy should be free of gender expectations. The truth, though, is that many men see it as wholly the purview of men to open doors for others, and I like that she’s playing with their expectations. If we’re ever to achieve a fully equal society, then more people need to upset the apple cart like this.
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