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Sun., May 21, 2006, 1:20 a.m.

Mailbag: Crotchety Oldsters Forgot How To Have Fun

Idawa: Cd'A needs to get over itself, there isn't anywhere in that town that I don't feel comfortable in at night. There are no drive by shootings, no muggings, no visible crime to speak of except for people out having fun. The problem is that some people want to define what type of fun other people can and can’t have. The entire town of Cd'A isn't a retirement community, get over it.

DFO: I want to think you're right, Idawa. But there seems to be something fundamental changing in Coeur d'Alene. The streets just a little bit meaner today than they were even five years ago. I don't feel as safe today as I did five years ago, after hours -- and even in daylight hours sometimes. We're more crowded. The roads are jammed between Memorial Day and Labor Day. We're still Pollyana compared to Puget Sound towns. But it's not quite what you described either.

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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.