A well-preserved arm purportedly found on the Antietam battlefield near Sharpsburg, Md., shortly after the Civil War clash in 1862, is shown in a photograph this week at the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/ National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Lori Eggleston)
Thursday Winner — Sherlock, with 9 likes: “Jack be nimble, Jack be quick, Jack jumped over the Candlestick. And then remembered the Giants don't play there anymore. You can see Thursday Photo & read all the Cutline Contest entries here.
… That Jim Hammond has been offered the Coeur d'Alene city administrator's job. Stay tuned …
In his weekly newsletter, Congressman Raul Labrador encourages Idahoans to vote, noting that we're one of eight states that allow voter registration up to and including Election Day. In fact, that's a common theme for politicians, editorial writers and others who are interested in the election process. But I know a whole lotta people who aren't — and aren't very well informed. I shudder to think that some of them will be clueless when they go to the polls. So I wonder:
Question: Should we really encourage residents who don't have a clue about the candidates to vote?
Oh great! Now if our porch light is off tonight our neighbors will be wondering if we’re sex offenders? What if we’re not home? If we’re sick or invalids? If our religion doesn’t recognize Halloween? If we don’t have money to buy candy? Why couldn’t you just have suggested that trick-or-treaters not approach houses without porch lights on as safe and courteous? Celebrating Halloween is a choice, not a requirement or entitlement. Personally, we enjoy trick-or-treaters. But we feel leaving our porch light off if we won’t be answering the door is a courtesy, saving trick-or-treaters time and trouble/Judith & Charles Farrey, of Hayden, letter to Coeur d'Alene Press editor. More here.
Question: Did you trick of treat as a kid?
I’m a big fan of small businesses. My parents owned and operated a small business for many years, installing heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems. The work was menacingly hard. You’d get up early, and go to bed late at night after schlepping around heavy equipment and tools. Then you’d do it all over again. If a customer needed you after hours or on weekends, or when it was super hot or super cold, you went. You worked. There were no sick days. If you didn’t work, you didn’t get paid. Most small entrepreneurs can appreciate this. … That is why the news of yet two more special tax incentives for businesses (including high-tech company Kochava in Sandpoint) planning to expand or relocate to Idaho is so aggravating/Wayne Hoffman, of Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.
In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, opinionator Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune offers jeers to … Idaho Libertarian gubernatorial hopeful John Bujak: “He would rather spend $10,000 on his campaign than pay his child support. On Oct. 22, Bujak pleaded guilty to contempt of court for failing to pay child support owed for August 2013. To be found guilty of contempt of court, you must have the means to comply with a judge's order and choose not to. In other words, Bujak pleaded guilty to having enough money to make child support payments and refused to pay. His response: Someone leaked the story because he's draining votes away from Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter and Democrat A.J. Balukoff. “Probably as I gain more traction, there's going to be more smearing,” he told the Idaho Press-Tribune's Kelcie Moseley. Smear? See rest of the comment here.
Question: Is it more important to run a campaign or to pay your child support?
At the Coeur d'Alene Press Online site, Pastor Paul Van Noy of Candlelight offers this open letter to Mayor Steve Widmyer:
The recent activities, information, and misinformation surrounding The Hitching Post have inspired tension here in our beautiful city – and across the country. Activity like this was anticipated when I made it clear to the city council in May-June of 2013 that unfortunate repercussions would result from passing the unbalanced anti-discrimination ordinance 13-1011. The reason this recent activity has emerged here in our community relates to the statewide/nationwide effort to redefine marriage between one man and one woman. This present distress could have been avoided if we as a nation/state would leave this 6000-year-old institution alone. Furthermore, the state should not be in the business of marriage. It is a long held religious institution. More here.
Question: Should the city of Coeur d'Alene rescind its anti-discrimination ordinance?
Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, right, responds past Libertarian candidate John Bujak, center, to a comment by Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff, left, during a debate at the studios of Idaho Public Television in Boise Thursday. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)
Idaho's final gubernatorial debate showcased the most heated exchanges yet between the candidates seeking the seat, the AP reports. GOP Gov. Butch Otter faced off against Democratic candidate A.J. Balukoff and Libertarian candidate John Bujak. The three agreed on little, writes AP reporter Kimberlee Kruesi, and often interrupted the moderator and debate panel to respond to zingers thrown out by their opponents, while discussing education, the economy and same-sex marriage/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: No one — are you listening, Joker? — can say that the Democrats didn't field solid candidates ready to take the fight to the top of the Republican ticket this year. Right?
Item: Coeur d'Alene could choose new city administrator today/Keith Cousins, Coeur d'Alene Press
More Info: The two finalists for the Coeur d'Alene city administrator's position met city officials for a roundtable discussion Thursday at the community room of the library. Mayor Steve Widmyer and members of the city council were given the opportunity to ask the two finalists, Jim Hammond and Mark Mitton, about their qualifications for the position. Hammond and Mitton were interviewed separately and began by giving the panel their backgrounds.
Question: Will you be as shocked as I will, if Jim Hammond isn't selected?
JeanieSpokane (RE: ): I am much more a blurker now, but I am pleased that I had several exchanges with OTV here and on other blogs. But HBO is very unique. We are definitely family. We have suffered losses through each other; victories as well. I tried to express this at the last blogfest - but this group of people, even so widely spread on the political scale, was my strength and inspiration as I started dialysis and other issues. I was extremely ill in 2012 - and it was this group that I turned to for support and prayer. And here I am. I am very sad about Patrick - he was my oldest son's age. So a son to me. To a lot of us. I'm glad you stayed the course on leading this blog - we really are a remarkable family. I count many, many as friends! And it says something too that most of us know our real names but humor us in going with whatever we signed up for. God bless Patrick's family and the HBO family.
DFO: It's hard to describe to outsiders what we have here at Huckleberries Online. So I don't try much. I try to protect the bond here. That's why I have little tolerance for drive-bys, trolls and newbies who throw elbows and want to crash the party. All are welcome. But some will find this isn't the place for people with bad manners.
I'm as amazed as anyone else who roots for the S.F. Giants that they won their 3rd World Series title in 5 years. But happy. In an ESPN poll yesterday, 49 of 50 states, including Idaho, wanted the Kansas City Royals to win the final game. I won't waste my time or yours gloating. I didn't do anything to help the Giants win. But I'll enjoy the offseason more because they did. Now is it too much to hope that the 49ers can get past the Seahawks and/or one of those two can get past Denver? Here's your Thursday Wild Card …
Uncle Bob (RE: Arpie: 2015 Legislature will be a doozy): I'm already creating a recall petition template. Do I have to wait until Ybarra and Denney are sworn in or can I start circulating them now?
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In the New York Daily News, Julia Bayly, Sasha Goldstein & Corky Siemaszko report: The governor of Maine vowed to rein in rebellious nurse Kaci Hickox after she thumbed her nose at his orders to stay put — and took a spin with her beau. “It’s a beautiful day for a bike ride,” Hickox told reporters Thursday as she and boyfriend Theodore Wilbur rode off on mountain bikes from their Fort Kent home — tailed by police cars and news trucks. Gov. Paul LePage had threatened to arrest Hickox if she ventured out of her house before Nov. 10, which is when her 21-day incubation period for Ebola expires. After Hickox and Wilbur returned from their 40 minute ride on the Fort Kent Heritage Trail, LePage’s office announced they would now “exercise the full extent of his authority.” More here. (AP/University of Texas at Arlington file photo: Kaci Hickox in West Africa)
Question: Do you admire nurse Kaci Hickox's pluck? Or do you believe she is disregarding the health of others?
Time 2 Vote …
A man jumps over a burning couch in San Francisco after the Giants beat the Host Kansas City Royals to win the World Series on Wednesday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Wednesday Winner — Eman, with 15 likes: “Sarah Palin and Sherri Ybarra strike a pose surrounded by their GOP backers,” and Runnerup — JohnA, with 12 likes: “Montana cowboy's date night dilemma.” You can see Wednesday photo and all Cutline Contest entries here.
The final debate in Idaho’s governor’s race is tonight at 7 p.m. on Idaho Public Television. It’s part of the “Idaho Debates,” co-sponsored by the Idaho Press Club and the League of Women Voters of Idaho. Tonight’s debate will run for 90 minutes and feature three candidates: GOP Gov. Butch Otter, who is seeking a third term; Democratic challenger A.J. Balukoff; and Libertarian challenger John Bujak. After the governor’s debate, the candidates for Idaho lieutenant governor, incumbent Republican Brad Little and Democratic challenger Bert Marley, will face off in a 30-minute debate at 8:30 p.m./Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Question: Have you watched any political debates this fall? Which one(s)?