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Thu., Aug. 28, 2014, 1:16 p.m.

Stransky: Vito Erred In Clinic Stand

On her Facebook wall, Cheryl Stransky, a Democrat running against state Rep. Vito Barbieri in House District 2, posts: "In response to the August 21 Nickels Worth article signed onto by a group of local legislators who voted NO on the establishment of a Mental Health Crisis Center for our area, this is a demonstration of why these folks need to be replaced. A question is posed by these legislators about what the appropriate level of care is and who decides. Obviously these legislators decided by voting no, and they are clearly not qualified. Furthermore, the local agencies these legislators claim to be protecting with their no votes are the very same agencies who recommended a yes vote on the legislation- law enforcement, the judicial system and the emergency health facilities in our area. More below.

Question: Do you think the opposition to a mental health clinic in the Coeur d'Alene area, by Barbieri and similar-minded politicians, will be an issue in the fall elections?

This no vote was classic State Government over-reach by these legislators, ignoring the agencies who deal with these problems every day in favor of a personal philosophy.We should not be surprised. My opponent,Vito Barbieri, has called Idaho citizens "creatures of the state" who must be protected from their own decisions. As your state legislator i will listen to the voices in my community. We benefit from a problem-solving approach to issues that affect the whole community, not a blanket philosophy that ignores our voices.

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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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