Sound Off Wednesday: Racy Facebook Photos Posted By Teens Considered Free Speech? Do You Agree?

An Indiana school district may appeal a judgment that said it violated the first amendment rights of two students over racy Facebook photos. The two girls posted photos of themselves with phallic shaped rainbow lollipops. When their high school found out, the girls were kicked off the volleyball team, required to go to counseling and had to apologize to the coaches' board. A judge says it was all a violation of the girls' freedom of speech. The ACLU is defending the two girls and says what the girls do outside of school is their business and not punishable. The district says they dishonored the school's reputation. Do you agree with the judge's decision? Did the school district violate the girls' first amendment rights? Or do you feel that as minors and representatives of their school, they deserved to be punished?

Sound Off Tuesday: Do You Support A County Wide Bike Helmet Law?

It's already a law in the city of Spokane, but now county commissioners are considering a county-wide bike helmet law. It's not just bikes, that means skateboarders and scooter riders would have to wear helmets or face a fine. Research supports these types of ordinances. The city of Spokane says since it passed a law 5 years ago, there's been a 16% drop in bicycle fatalities. A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for tonight at 5:00 p.m. in the county commissioner's hearing room. Do you support a county wide helmet law? Or do you think people should be allowed to choose whether or not they want to wear a helmet?

News Links For August 22nd

Click here to learn some tips as the kids head back to school and info about The Salvation Army Spokane.

Sound Off Thursday: Would You Support A Candidate Who Says Illegal Immigrants Should Be Shot?

Immigration is always a hot-button issue in the U.S. Many politicians take strong stances on one side or the other. But not many are going so far as to say illegal immigrants should be shot as they come across the border. It's the shockingly controversial position of a man who's running for city council in Kennewick. Loren Nichols, "The country's not healthy when there's a cancer in the country, and that's what I equate illegal immigrants to. And they need to be removed." Those comments have turned into a huge debate among Kennewick voters. Many people are behind him, so many, he made it past the primary on Tuesday night and will be on the general election ballot this November. But a lot of people don't want anything to do with Nichols and his radical statements. Loren Nichols says he's pleased with the results of the primary election. And he says he plans to brings other issues to the forefront of his campaign in the coming months. Do you support Nichols' stance on immigration? Would you vote for him? Or do you think it's unbelievable he even made it past the primary with such radical statements?

Sound Off Wednesday: Do You Support A Ban On The Sale Of Cheap, High Alcohol Beer?

The city of Spokane has a mandatory alcohol impact area in the downtown core. It bans the sale of high alcohol content beers like High Gravity and Old English. Now, there's talk of extending the impact area to East Sprague through the city limits and into the South Perry neighborhood. Critics we talked to today say if cheap, high alcohol content beers are going to be banned, then expensive microbrews with the same alcohol content must be banned as well, citing discrimination. How do you feel about it? Do you think it's a good idea to ban the sale of cheap, high alcohol content liquor or is it discriminatory?

Sound Off Tuesday: Should Students Be Allowed To Pick What They Want And Don't Want To Learn?

The latest buzzword in Arizona's public education system is "unschool." It's basically letting your child decide what they want to learn rather than putting them in regimented public school English or math class. Diane Targovnik got together with some other concerned parents to form Phoenix Rising Free School. It's a democratic education system where the kids decide what they want to learn. There's a list of potential curriculum on the school's website. The typical options like attending a math class or researching the Civil War are listed, but there is also an option for building a fort or climbing a tree. Targovnik argues kids use real world experience to learn the important fundamentals. Critics ask how a child can choose what they want to learn, but backers say that by giving the kids interesting options to stimulate learning, they'll end up right on track to go to college with their public school peers. Do you like the idea of students learning what they want when they want? Or do you think it's a bunch of hogwash that will leave a generation of children who can't name all 50 states or do basic math?

Sound Off Wednesday: Do You Think The Media Shows Bias Through Photos Of Politicians?

Newsweek magazine is under fire and denying claims it purposely used an unflattering photo of presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann. The headline reads "The Queen of Rage" and shows a crazy eyed photo of Bachmann. Newsweek is defending its decision to choose that photo out of others saying, "Michele Bachmann's intensity is galvanizing voters in Iowa right now and Newsweek's cover captures that." But critics still argue it's another example of Newsweek portraying conservative women unfairly. In fact, the National Organization for Women who wants to see Bachmann defeated is rallying to her defense. Do you think Newsweek picked that photo on purpose? Does it show bias? Do you feel the media in general is guilty of doing this to all politicians... even presidents?

Sound Off Tuesday: Are You Ready For A New Congress?

U.S. lawmakers shouldn't get too comfortable in office. That's because a CNN/ORC poll released today reports 70% of voters say most members of Congress shouldn't get another term. Overall, Republicans are drawing the most heat. Nearly 60% of those questioned say they have a negative view of the GOP. That's a high not seen since 19-92. As for Democrats, opinions are literally split down the middle. 47% say they have a favorable opinion of Democrats, while the same amount says the opposite. There is a 3% sampling error in this poll. What are your feelings about our current Congress?

News Links For August 8th

Click here for info about a Mermaids Of The Lake event. Also, more info on the lunch programs around Spokane to help children in need and learn more about the city of Spokane's water rate hike proposal.

Sound Off Thursday: The Dow Plummets 512 Points. Are We Headed Into A Depression?

The stock market is finishing its worst day since the financial crisis. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 500 points today. Investors are concerned that the U.S. economy will enter another recession and that Europe's debt problems are not closed to being solved. The Dow is closing with a loss of 513 points, or 4.3 percent, to 11,384. It was the worst day for the Dow since October 22, 2008. The July jobs report is due out tomorrow and it's expected to show there has been zero movement. President Obama told Congress yesterday he wants to make sure the economy is growing and businesses are getting financing, but it may be easier said than done; lawmakers left town for a month vacation and bitterness still remains from the debt ceiling crisis. Do you think we're headed into a depression? Or do you think this is just a little blip that we'll climb out of?

Sound Off Wednesday: Do You Like The Idea Of Publicly Displaying DUI Suspects On Billboards?

San Antonio, Texas is using public humiliation to fight back against drunk drivers. The city is using 12 billboards across the city to post the images of drunk drivers with outstanding warrants. It's not first time offenders, but the worst of the worst. Repeat offenders who have killed someone, injured someone or who have multiple DUIs. And there are more than 100 images that will be posted. Police hope people will recognize the offenders and call police in an effort to get them off the roads and in jail. Do you like the idea of publicly displaying drunk drivers? Is it something you'd like to see done here?

Sound Off Tuesday: Do You Support A Lawsuit Filed By The Justice Department Over Immigration?

The Justice Department is suing the state of Alabama over its controversial new immigration law that is similar to Arizona's law. The department has a lawsuit pending against Arizona as well. It argues the states overstep their authority because immigration enforcement is a federal issue. The law, which takes effect September 1st, makes it a crime to be an undocumented immigrant in Alabama and allows law enforcement to detain anyone it suspects may be in the country illegally. The law has already faced lawsuits from civil rights groups like the ACLU. But the Republican representative who sponsored the law, Rep. Micky Hammon, defends the law and says by allowing illegal immigrants to run unchecked threatens homeland security and insults people who come to this country legally. What do you think? Do you support the federal government's lawsuit? Or do you think state's should be able to start dealing with illegal immigration on their own?

News Links For July 25th

Click here for cooking ideas and recipes from The Love Chef and more information about the Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

News Links For July 14th

Click here to learn about the internet and how you can take a self-defense class through the Spokane Police Department.