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Letter: Clerk Shouldn’t Allow Politics

I was shocked to find on Kootenai County Elections’ website, beside the names of the two challengers for Post Falls School Board, partisan website links that promoted the candidates based on their political affiliation (Reagan Republicans).  It is extremely unfortunate, and questionable, that our county officials allowed these partisan websites to be posted. (Those websites were pulled after complaints.) The leaders for our local school boards should be chosen on their experience, ability to lead, to understand and solve complex financial issues facing our schools.  This is especially true in difficult times.  We need leaders who set aside partisan policies, personal political agendas, who work together in a common sense positive manner for our children/Dawna Shepard, Independent, Post Falls. (County Clerk Special Election site here.) More below.

Question: Do you see the same problem that Dawna Shepard sees?

  We need leaders who rise above divisive behavior, that work toward the common good. We do not need leaders who look for solutions by deflecting responsibility on to others, who cast “blame” to take advantage of a political view point.  What matters is ability, not political affiliation, employment, conservative or liberal labels. 


Our children and grandchildren’s futures hinge on the education they will receive.  I have five grandchildren who are, or will be, attending Idaho public schools.  I want my grandchildren to participate in a non partisan education system that encourages common sense and tolerance. Michele Lippert and Dave Paul have proven their ability to solve the complex issues facing education, during a time of unequaled economic crisis.  They have done so with common sense, conservative fiscal policies, dedication, respect and cooperation with all stake holders regardless of political affinity.  Those qualities have earned my vote.

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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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