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Mon., June 25, 2012, 11:20 a.m.

Wealthy Idaho Malefactors Want More

The Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry does not speak for you or even Idaho's mom and pop businesses. Manipulating its strings are what Teddy Roosevelt might call Idaho's malefactors of great wealth: Clearwater Paper, Idaho Forest Group, Idaho Power Co., Simplot, Melaleuca, Micron and Union Pacific Railroad. When IACI bemoans the personal property tax paid upon equipment, it is not talking about pens, paper, desks and copying machines. It is describing huge, expensive industrial machinery, power generators, pipelines and railroad tracks. Some high-minded purpose, such as eliminating an onerous method of taxation, is not motivating IACI's pitch for repealing that tax. What you're seeing on full display is greed in its purest form. Should IACI win, you and your children will lose/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (Logo from IACI Web site)

Question: Do you consider IACI (Idaho Association of Commerce & Industry) to be a malefactor dedicated to opposing Idaho's common good?

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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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