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Fri., Jan. 11, 2013, 10:41 a.m.

Joker Offers Person Field Deal Awards

Tongue firmly cheeked, Joker sez Councilman Mike Kennedy, right, deserved 2 awards for his outstanding performance in the let's-make-a-deal showdown between the Coeur d'Alene City Council and School Board re: Person Field. Kennedy, says Joker, edged Mayor Sandi Bloem, left, for best wardrobe. (Duane Rasmussen photo for Huckleberries)

Smile you’re on candid public access television. Last night’s Person Field negotiations were great fun to watch. All the animosity and hatred between the players was hidden because the spotlight was shining brightly on them. All of the game playing stopped. All of the posturing stopped. It was one big happy family affair with everybody wanting and promising to do the right thing. Here are my awards:

  • Best Performance By an Elected Official sponsored by Facebook: Hands down it was Mike Kennedy. The man came across as polished and reasonable. He buried his hatred for the recall gang, err, the school board deep and rose above the petty nonsense.
  • Most approachable elected official sponsored by Orbit Gum: Tom Hamilton. He looks like a Teddy Bear you want to hug.
  • Lifetime achievement award sponsored by Marlboro: Ron Edinger. This guy knows his Coeur d’Alene history and has a special way of telling it how it is.
  • Worst performance sponsored by Grumpy Old Men 3: My social security check isn’t enough. Wendell Wardell seemed to be determined to stall or kill the deal. He must have missed the memo about getting it done.

Question: Can you think of appropriate awards for the players in last night's let's-make-a-deal showdown between the Coeur d'Alene City Council and School Board?

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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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