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Thu., Jan. 26, 2012, 8:56 a.m.

Council To Set Letter Reading Policy

Item: The letters of the law: Cd'A council may craft policy about written comments at meetings/Tom Hasslinger, CdA Press

More Info: Last week's letters ruffled some feathers -- or at least raised some eyebrows.Now, the city of Coeur d'Alene could consider crafting a policy addressing whether letters should be read into public record during meetings if the author isn't there.A policy isn't in place. After five letters were read into public record at the Jan. 17 City Council meeting opposing a public vote for the McEuen Field proposal, some said the city should draft a policy to establish a rule whether that should be allowed. Drawing a clear-cut line could also help the city avoid a possible perception that it could play favorites when it comes to reading written comments.

Question: Besides Mary Souza and the crowd, who cares which letters are read into the record at a City Council meeting?

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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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