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Redux: When Spencer Fought Kroc

On April 22, 2007, I wrote the following column for the Spokesman-Review re: the attempt by Larry Spencer and anonymous letter signers to stop the Kroc Center: “It's hard to imagine why anyone would have a problem with a $64 million grant and endowment for a community center in Coeur d'Alene. Yet, self-appointed citizens' advocate Larry Spencer and some anonymous letter writers do. Spencer has publicly accused the Salvation Army of covering up a sweetheart deal with a generous contractor who made a $50,000 contribution and accepted rock-bottom rates to provide fill dirt for a Ray and Joan Kroc Community Center. The anonymous penmen did their part to thwart the community center project by complaining about the Salvation Army's role in letters and phone calls to Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Americans United wrote a threatening letter to the city.” Full column here.

Question: Do you see any similarities between the attempt to stop the Kroc Center and the attempt to stop McEuen Field reconstruction?


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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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