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Thu., Jan. 3, 2013, 3:38 p.m.

What Scares Us & Why It Isn’t All Bad

In its current issue, The Inlander asked a number of local people about fear, including Timberlake High principal Chris MacDougal, who responded:

OK, I admit I am afraid of something: the future, if there is one, ha. I wake up too many nights, 2ish to 3ish am (right during my REM sleep mind you) and contemplate not only my future but my sons’ futures. What will their education look like? What will their jobs look like? What will they look like? Will they respect their teachers, parents and elders? Will people like them? Will they like people? How do I instill good old-fashion courtesy, kindness, consideration, passion and the intrinsic motivation to truly become successful patrons and make a positive difference in our society? So, looking at these questions as an educator, I fear parents who fear to parent! I see our youngsters feeling they are owed something for nothing due to parents befriending their kids rather than parenting their kids. This freaks me out!" More here. (Inlander illustration)

Question: What scares you? What do you used to be afraid of? What role does fear play in your life?

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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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