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Dee: Coeur d’Alene Should Redirect Priorities

Dee: Although the investigation is still on going, I'm sure the rest of you suspect, as I do, that drugs are involved. What bothers me most is that the paper reported that this was a "known drug house." That phrase should not exist. How do we as a community or any portion there of, ignore a "known" problem? Do we ignore a leaky roof? Do we ignore a bloody nose? No, we deal them. It's no secret that the agencies that deal with societies ugly problems are under funded, understaffed, under trained, and under respected. However, we are able to find a way to get our own Kroc center - which is a great need for this community. Tons of time and money have been, and will continue to be, invested into this project. We need to find the same ambition to take the preemptive measures to save the Kaylla Pahls of our community. We should never, ever read the words "known drug house" again!

DFO: Unfortunately, Dee, Coeur d'Alene, like most local governments, is stretched thin covering basic infrastructure needs -- cops, fire, streets, sewer, etc. And the community is tapped in fund-raising that benefits kids (Kroc Center, new library, parks, etc.). Mebbe the horror of Kylla's death is that ... we can't look to government to solve everything. Mebbe it's a matter of each of us trying to reach out to a family with vulnerable children. Then, aren't each of us pretty busy just trying to stay afloat ourselves?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.