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Kerri: Is Any Public Official Safe Now?

Kerri Thoreson, a Post Falls councilwoman writes on her Facebook page re: the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and slaying of others with her in Arizona Saturday: "What I'm unsettled by, influenced no doubt by holding public office, is the number of violent attacks on members of school boards, city councils etc. in recent months. Will we come to a point when regular citizens will no longer serve in their communities in these offices? Will people like me wonder whether holding a public office is worth risking my life for? And will the access to our elected representatives here in Idaho on the local, state and federal level disappear? Congresswoman Giffords was doing something I could imagine myself doing ... meeting with her neighbors and constituants on a Saturday morning to listen to their concerns.

Question: Would you have second thoughts re: holding a public office today, as a result of increasing attacks against public officials?

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