Eye On Boise

THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2010, 10:08 A.M.

The fair fiesta fracas…

Here's a link to the letter sent by the Bonner County Republican Central Committee to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, about the committee's plans to "make a statement at the Bonner County fair" by departing from the fair's "Fiesta at the Fair" theme, and instead decorating its booth with Arizona license plates and the theme "Celebrate!" to "make it very clear that English is our primary language." And here's a link to my story in today's S-R. The letter was first reported by the Sandpoint Reader weekly paper, then picked up on the Huckleberries blog, which prompted my editors to ask me to look into it. Cornel Rasor, BCRCC chairman and a Bonner commissioner, said he's surprised the committee's move has gotten such attention. "I think this has gotten a life of its own - it's kinda weird," he said.

Longtime Bonner Fair Board Chairman Tim Cary said no previous fair theme has aroused this type of protest, though on occasion, "some people say, 'that's silly, we can't decorate to that' or something like that." He said, "Never had anybody go to such extremes as this - my God, they must have something better to do with their money and time. I guess whatever turns their crank."

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Betsy Z. Russell
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