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Fri., Feb. 1, 2013, 8:45 a.m.

Williams: Regan Apology ‘Sincere’

Al Williams, director of athletics at North Idaho College, was in attendance at the Reagan Republican meeting and found Regan's apology sincere. Williams, who is black, attended the meeting to both hear about what's happening with the school district and to hear Regan address his Obama comments. "It's a matter of what you intended when you make a comment," Williams said. "And what he said, it wasn't meant to harm or to offend anybody." He added, "Initially, I was taken aback by it. It did offend me." He said it was an "insensitive" comment."People who I've spoken to who know this man have said that'sreally not who he is," Williams said. "He did apologize to me, but it's only because he didn't want to feel like he had offended me personally, being a man of color." ... Williams said he didn't feel it was necessary for Regan to resign from the school board/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Duane Rasmussen photo: Al Williams, left, talks with Trustee Brent Regan, right, during Reagan Republicans 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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