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Mon., May 13, 2013, 4:09 p.m.

Regan Defends Reach America Link

Coeur d'Alene School Trustee Brent Regan discusses his association with Gary Brown's Reach America organization in a comment on the Coeur d'Alene Press Online site:

Some years ago, Gary Brown and Tyler Smotherman approached me for financial support for a youth leadership program called “Reach America”. This was not the school Reach America is today. I knew Tyler, who was attending CHS at the time, to be an outstanding, articulate and admired young man who was well respected in our community. He was even the youth speaker at one of the early Tea Party rallies. I agreed to provide some funding as it is not at all uncommon for me to provide charitable assistance to local area organizations that are in need. These have included CASA, Shriners, Idaho Search and Rescue, Silver Lake Young Marines, St. Helens Fund for the Poor, United Gospel Mission and several First Robotic Teams among others. It is unfortunate and sad that there are those who are so desperately blinded by their political agendas that they would mischaracterize a simple act of charitable giving as a character flaw.

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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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