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DOTC: Not Worthy Of A Recall

Dan of the County: To be honest, I have gone back and forth on the idea of a public vote. In most cases, I think without question our form of representative government means that the elected officials are supposed to make the decisions that come across their path while in office, the easy ones—the hard ones—the good ones—and the bad ones. But every once in awhile something may come along that is of such a broad public interest and unique set of circumstances that a public vote may (heavy on the may) be called for. I think the hydroplane issue and the vacation of Sherman Avenue in front of the resort would fall into those categories. But I also respect the right of the council members at the time to make those decisions. If you don’t like their decision, that is what the next election is for but certainly not grounds for a recall in my book. That is the capital punishment of electoral behavior and should be reserved for capital crimes not difference of opinions no matter how strong.

DFO: We will be discussing the reasons given for the recall this today and this week, breaking them down one by one to see if they are worthy of a recall.

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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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