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Tue., July 5, 2011, 9:46 a.m.

Marty: Megaloaders Seal Idaho Deal

Of course, the Western Legacy Alliance thought it perfectly OK to feature the Idaho flag and state seal in its newspaper advertising promoting megaloads. Why wouldn't it? Idaho's officialdom has stood firmly allied with plans to haul operating equipment along U.S. Highway 12 bound for the oil sands project of Alberta, Canada. When the pro-business group confiscated the state seal in ads that popped up in the June 14 Lewiston Tribune and every other daily newspaper across Idaho, many shrugged it off. But not everybody. Some began asking if using a state seal was appropriate. "The guidelines are that the seal be used in good taste, without alteration and without the intent to mistakenly convey state of Idaho sponsorship, endorsement or approval of a product or service," Secretary of State Ben Ysursa's office responded/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Are you bothered that the Idaho flag and state seal were used to promote megaloads in newspaper advertising?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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