Here we are at a crossroads for our community. An election not unlike numerous ones before. Where deep pockets and a liberal stance toward removing Coeur d'Alene from the rolls of "small town America" is lauded. Those candidates, by their stance, do not support the small town embedded values once favored by us all. They likely support the building of more high rise structures for the privileged few, higher taxes caused by subsidizing "urban renewal" and asking the public to take a back seat when it comes to decisions affecting us all. On the other side are the individuals from a more modest background. They have a more conservative approach to growing the community while keeping those community attributes which swayed our decision to reside here in the first place. They are for reasonable salaries for public employees and value public input on major spending projects/Jim Purtee, letter to the editor, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.
- Huckleberries file photo: James Purtee, a newly appointed Coeur d'Alene School Board trustee at the time, sets up an inflatable at McEuen Field over the Memorial Day 2012 weekend, supporting the attempted recall of Coeur d'Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem and three City Council members. Purtee later resigned from the school board.