’Tis nice that warring elected officials in the Coeur d’Alene area could come together, as in times past, to do the right thing for the common good. The tentative deal struck Thursday for the sale of Person and Bryan fields for $750,000 by the Coeur d’Alene City Council and the school board was Coeur d’Alene at its best. The cash-strapped school district will get money to help fund a new administration building. The city will be guaranteed perpetual use of two parks that it already maintains in older parts of town. The joint meeting forced to the sidelines the legal and financial hired guns who’d failed for months to hammer out a deal. A good argument can be made that both sides gave more than they wanted to give. A better argument can be made that the taxpayers who pick up the funding bills for both sides got the best deal. Camelot reigns in Coeur d’Alene again/DFO, SR Sunday Huckleberries. More here.
Other SR weekend columns
- Trust zapped by operation Zip-Lipped/Doug Clark
- Our quick-draw culture/Gary Crooks, Smart Bombs
- Former NIC wrestler turns to martial arts/John Blanchette
- Ducks Unlimited isn't a hunting club/Rich Landers, Outdoors
- Around here, we may have all walks of life/Paul Turner, The Slice
- Area's delegation sees dropoff in experience/Jim Camden, Spin Control
- Unallocated money in school budget may stay put/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise
Question: Can Coeur d'Alene pull together for the common good this year?