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Clark: Reading, ‘Riting & Rugers

It’s a Wild West sideshow at the Idaho Legislature these days, where some of the elected buckaroos are trying to rewrite the “Three R’s” of higher ed. If they get their way, college soon will be a place of “Reading, ’Riting and Rugers.” A legislative committee has passed and sent a measure to the House that would let anyone openly pack heat on any Idaho college campus, including football games. What could possibly go wrong? I’ll tell you. Sometimes the college football rivalries bring out the worst in otherwise sane individuals. Take Boise State President Bob Kustra, for example. Last year in a football flap, Kustra accused the University of Idaho of harboring a “nasty, inebriated” culture. Man, the Vandals fans were livid. Well, at least they were after sobering up, anyway. The point is that things can get pretty crazy during football season. Obnoxious fans sometimes hurl empties at their enemies. Do we want to see some of these besotted loons becoming even more armed and dangerous?/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Do you think athletic events between rivals like Boise State and Idaho will become more dangerous if students are allowed to arm themselves?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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