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Tue., March 27, 2012, 8:30 a.m.

Paul: We Prefer ‘North Idaho,’ Period

Paul Matthews re: "North Idaho or northern Idaho?": It is a common courtesy to allow an individual to define his/ her own term of address, as in “please call me Paul” or “Mr. Matthews will be fine” I think everybody here prefers North Idaho. I have always been vaguely insulted by people like our Governor who make a point of saying “northern” Idaho. Reminds me of the kind of insecure people who call a person “chief” or “sport” or “boy.”

Question: Do you think Gov. Butch Otter knows or cares that residents of this region prefer that it be called "North Idaho"?

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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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