Bubba32: I think your blog is an asset to this process because it allows different views to be expressed civilly, ideas bounced around, and common ground to be found. This open discussion reminds the elected officials what a microcosm of the community wants.
DFO: Thanks, Bubba. Your comment brings up something that I've wanted to mention since the new year began. I'm committed more than ever to making this blog a civil place for community discourse. It was fairly civil last year. I plan to make it more so this year. I want to make elected officials, even those I disagree with on some issues, to feel welcome and protected when they comment on this blog. I'll deal with individuals who take cheap shots at them. All of this also means I'm committed to holding my tongue, too. I won't be perfect in managing the civility here. Nor will I eliminate snark. By it's nature, social media is edgier than print media. It won't be easy to maintain civility on Huckleberries this year because two contentious elections face us -- the Coeur d'Alene School Board and the Coeur d'Alene municipal elections. But I'll try. Thoughts?