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Tue., Feb. 4, 2014, 8:27 a.m.

Digger: Protesters Were Wrong

Former Idaho state Sen. Nicole LeFavour is arrested after blocking the entrance of the Senate chambers at the Idaho Statehouse on Monday in Boise. She was part of a group of protestors who blocked the entrance while advocating adding gender identity and sexual orientation to the state's human rights ordinance. They cover their mouths to symbolize their feelings of disenfranchisement. (Idaho Statesman/AP photo: Joe Jaszewski)

Digger (RE: 43 Add the Words backers arrested): It's tough for me to see this. I know the protesters have good intentions but this is not the way to do it. I've said time and time again that the "Add the Words" folks don't understand the love that the legislators who serve (esp. Senators) have for (a) the Idaho Capitol Building as an institution and (b) the sacredness of the House and Senate chambers. What the protesters did today, however peaceful and polite and "noble", what they did today was, in essence, spit on the state legislature and the sacredness of the legislative process.We can debate all day how "sacred" the legislature is and whether that phrase has merits -- I'm not talking about that. What I'm talking about is basically slapping the face of the people you are asking to help you.And this is where I disagree with my own community on their tactics.

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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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