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Task Force: Regan Apology Falls Short

Kootenai County human rights leaders stopped short of calling for Brent Regan's resignation, asking instead for a broader apology from the Coeur d'Alene school board member, and urging the public to support the school district's upcoming maintenance and operations levy. Tony Stewart and Norm Gissel, founding members of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, and task force board president Christie Wood met with members of the media Tuesday at the Human Rights Education Institute and issued a statement denouncing a comment made by Regan (pictured) last weekend when he participated in a public forum in Post Falls. "We cannot remain silent when a public official uses language to degrade and ridicule, whether it be made from ignorance or insensitivity, the ancestry of any person including the president," Stewart said, in a prepared statement on behalf of the task force's executive committee/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

DFO: If you don't think racism is alive in Kootenai County (and possibly more mainstream than it was during the 1980s), read the comments thread under the Coeur d'Alene Press story above.

Question: Do you expect anything more from Trustee Brent Regan or the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Rights?

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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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