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Mon., July 19, 2010, 9:59 a.m.

Fat Lady: ConspiracyCDA ‘Ridiculous’

Fat Lady Sings: the folks at are ridiculous as are the comparisons to North Korea and the Soviet Union. I am sure that they could be more stupid but I'm not sure what that would look like.

DFO: I agree with many who say that Gookin, Souza, & Co. bring up an occasional legitimate issue. But they react so over the top that the issue gets buried in their rhetoric. Remember, they once were part of Huckleberries Online. But Gookin & Souza stomped out of here 3 years ago or so because few here would buy into their extreme disgust for the urban renewal agency. I agreed with them at the time that the local approach to URD needed to be tweeked and the agency needed to be watched closer. But that wasn't good enough for them. Again, I agree with them that word of Deanna's near-fatal heart attack should have gotten out sooner. But they already were off and running with the silly notion that there was some sort of conspiracy going on at City Hall to keep a lid on the issue (as if someone in this town could accomplish that). At this point, the foamings of the crowd are little more than a source of amusement. But they have to be taken somewhat seriously in that they almost won two City Council seats in the last election. And they do have a candidate running for the Legislature in Coeur d'Alene that sympathizes with their aims — Kathy Sims. That race will provide another indication re: whether the naysayers are gaining or losing ground in this community.

Question: Have you paid any attention to the race for state Rep. George Sayler's House seat between Repub Kathy Sims and Demo Paula Marano?

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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.