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Spencer v. Sweet Herb: Lakes Highway Elections

re: Our Mr. Spencer circulated a letter to Lakes Highway District voters over the weekend, in which he endorsed Monty Montgomery and Marv Lekstrum over the current challengers. The beginning of the letter is below.

Did you know that the starting wage of a rroad crew worker at Lakes Highway department is over $9 dollars per hour moore than the same job at the Idaho Department of Transportation? They get paid over $2.50 per hour more than a professionally trained sheriff's deputy earns! the long term employees at Lakes get six weeks of paid vacation per year courtesy of the district's property taxpayers. This Tuesday, the Lakes Highway District has two of three commissioner positions up for election. The current commissioners at Lakes are former crew workers who seem to run the district under a "good old boys" type of management that lends itself to different treatment for different people. In addition to being an unfair way to run a district, this style of managment also has a tendency to result in questionable spending of your tax dollars.

Sweet Herb: Larry, I have always shown you respect and I will now. Your letter was recieved today and it sucked. Not because it wasn't written well, but because of it's content. The idea that just because people have actual experience in the field that they supervise, seems to me to be a no brainer. Are we to elect those that have no experience, so that they won't be corrupt? Those of us that live within the district have observed great service. My only complaint is that they arrive so early in the winter, after a snow storm, that they wake me up. Our roads are in great shape, both Summer and Winter. So what are your political sycophants going to do to improve what "Ain't Broke."

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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.