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Letter: Who Is John Goedde?

I was bemused to learn of Senator Goedde’s bill to require students in Idaho to read and pass a test on the book “Atlas Shrugged” by Ayn Rand. I read “Atlas Shrugged” while I was stationed in Texas assigned to Casual Barracks awaiting orders. It was the late 1950s and the book hadn’t been out too long. The book was large and daunting, but because I had nothing else to do for a week or so, I persevered. I doubt if I will ever read anything else by Ayn Rand. She managed to say in any 10 pages what she should have said in one. I would classify Rand’s philosophy, Objectivism, as materialist-atheist-existential philosophy/Philip A. Clements, letter to the editor, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: After all the controversy re: state Sen. John Goedde's bill to require that all high schoolers read Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged," Are you more/less impressed by Goedde?

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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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