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Tue., May 30, 2006, 10:10 a.m.

Gus & Katie Shoulda Been Like Currie

Part of the better-listening equation is that, as we've recommended in two previous editorials, county commissioners should go out into all areas of the county to conduct business and hear what issues are important to their constituents. (Gus) Johnson and (Katie) Brodie operated too much in a vacuum. Tuesday, they paid for it. We will say that Commissioner Rick Currie has been the exception. No matter what you think of his bottom-line performance, he is miles ahead of his colleagues in getting out and learning what's on constituents' minds. We hope Rich Piazza and Todd Tondee will follow his lead there.

For the rest of the Coeur d'Alene Press editorial, click here.

DFO: Izzit just may ... or are the forces of Hagadone fattening up holdover Commissioner Rick Currie for the butchering later? Seems Currie, by design, has been the forgotten commissioner among the current threesome. But his star is rising. And there's a chance he could become chairman next January. If Hagadone snags Rick with sweet talk and mebbe an A-List invite to a party or two, all he'd need would be one of the susceptible newbies to have things go his way at the courthouse. Then, I could be paranoid here.

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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.