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Fri., July 18, 2014, 8:20 a.m.

Edit: 1 School Board, 5 Leaders

Three of them are liberals. Two, conservatives. One thing you should know about the Coeur d'Alene School Board is that both of those statements are false. Another thing you should know - perhaps the most important thing - is that no matter who's chair or vice chair of the board, every member has exactly one vote. All five are equal. When the board selected its leaders last week, politics got in the way. It's as if the race for two school board seats next spring began last Monday. Tom Hamilton, left, and Terri Seymour, right, the two board holdovers, are largely supported by people identifying themselves as conservative or staunchly conservative. Because the three newest board members - Christa Hazel, Dave Eubanks and Tom Hearn - were swept into office more than a year ago on a wave of voter dissatisfaction with challengers who were deemed too conservative, the trio has been lumped together under an umbrella of alleged liberalism. Last week's election of officers put titles in front of the names of two competent individuals, leaving three other competent individuals without titles but with everything else needed to lead/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: The editorial goes on to say: "We could identify traits considered both liberal and conservative in most school board members." What liberal traits do you see in Hamilton and Seymour?

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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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