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Fri., Nov. 15, 2013, 3:43 p.m.

DFO: Good Government Is Boring

I was worried this would happen -- this lull between the city elections and the start of the Idaho Legislature. That's what happens when good local government replaces radical ideology. Competent office holders take over. And things get boring. Imagine the lather we'd be in if Mary Souza and her Reagan Republican ticket had won the election. Rumors would be swirling regarding which department head(s) were dead men walking. Tony Berns, the Lake City Development Corporation executive, would be circulating resumes. We'd be wringing our hands re: the ribbon cutting for the McEuen Field reopening next spring. Would Sandi Bloem be invited? Would Mary play nice? Councilman Dan Gookin would be trying out the chair for council president. Councilman Steve Adams would be counting down the minutes until he could make a motion to fire City Attorney Mike Gridley. It would be "fun times" at HucksOnline. Instead, I'm beating the bushes for news. The same sort of thing broke out after the Coeur d'Alene School Board election in the spring. Three quality challengers replaced three ideological appointees who'd help keep things stirred up in the Coeur d'Alene School District for months. Yeah, we can look forward to the state and legislative races in spring 2014. But they're not nearly as much fun as nonpartisan ones. It's also harder to get rid of bad eggs in closed GOPrimaries. If quality government breaks out in too many places around here, I'll be out of a job as the Huckmeister/DFO.

Question: Anyone know how we can keep ourselves entertained through the Christmas holidays?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.