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Huckleberries Gone Wi-Fi w/Priscilla Bell

DFO: Did you feel roughed up in any way when you spoke to the Pachyderm Club earlier this spring?

PB: No. There were some pointed questions. There were people who made long statements that didn't require a response. Meeting with groups that have concerns are part of the job. I see folks in the Pachyderm Club in a lot of other settings.

DFO: Does the Republican dominance in Kootenai County bother a person like you who is from Democratic western Washington?

PB: It sounds like you're assuming I'm a registered Democrat. I come from a family of Republicans, I grew up in Texas. I've lived in upstate New York that's predominantly Republican. I'm flexible. People are good. I don't think politics defines the person or value and worth of community.

DFO: How far is too far re: academic freedom and political speech?

PB: The faculty enjoys right of academic freedom in classroom. Sometimes, it's appropriate to inject political expression in classroom. No litmus test re: how much is too much.

DFO: Do you think it was appropriate for the college to refund Linda Cook's money?

PB: In the circumstances, I think it was appropriate. I would not say it set a precedent.

Complete interview 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.