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Fri., July 18, 2014, 1:16 p.m.

Bjorn: Nutrition Program Important

I discovered a column last month by Dean Haagenson. One bizarre idea he expressed was withholding citizenship until a person completes some kind of term of service. The message he presented that I really want to counter, however, was his attack on the school’s summer nutrition program. During my remarkably unsuccessful campaign for a seat on the Coeur d’Alene school board, I researched this issue thoroughly, and found that there are several conservative reasons to support this program. What I found most compelling is this: As conservatives, we should be concerned about upholding traditions that reinforce family ideals. Many children these days aren’t taught that meals are to be a scheduled, social gathering. Instead, many homes have an “open fridge” policy, where children graze, at will, alone, with no conception that breaking bread socially is one tradition that holds our culture together. Anything we can do to counter this trend is an essentially conservative initiative/Bjorn Handeen, Coeur d'Alene. More here.

Question: I appreciate that the GOPrecinct committeeman in my Borah Triangle hood is willing to think outside the conservative box re: an issue like this. Thoughts?




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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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