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Fri., Feb. 22, 2013, 8:34 a.m.

Letter: Hayden = Bigotry? Hatred”

Having moved here some years ago from the Midwest, my wife and I immediately feel in love with the lifestyle and beautiful surroundings. We were proud to say we were from Hayden, Idaho, and told many of our friends back east what a wonderful place this is. However, the cloud of racism can drift far and wide and we sometimes found ourselves in the uncomfortable and embarrassing position of explaining to our more enlightened friends back east the hatred Richard Butler and his ignorant tribe spread nationwide. We wanted to believe Butler and his followers were cancerous anomalies among otherwise open minded and compassionate people. But, just as we began to relax, along comes Joe Rickey Hundley (pictured). His attorney would have us believe that an encounter he had with a 19-month-old child, somehow, escalated into a racist incident. But please be assured she states further, “… I want to be clear he is not a racist”/Michael Paquin of Hayden. letter to the editor, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: The letter writer goes on to say that Hayden, once again, is becoming synonymous with "racial bigotry, hatred, and pure meanness." Is that a possibility?

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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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