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Wed., July 30, 2014, 8:23 a.m.

Kids Pay Price Of Otter’s Re-election

If "gettin' me re-elected" were not the primary thought in his head, here's how Idaho Gov. C.L (Butch) Otter might have handled the exodus of Central American children streaming into the country. He'd soberly frame the issue as a humanitarian crisis. These are not illegal immigrants seeking prosperity in the north. These are refugees. For anyone willing to listen, he'd share the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees report, which found 58 percent of the children interviewed left Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to flee violence. Advocates for these children say conditions at home are so bad that anywhere from 40 to 60 percent of them could qualify to remain in the United States/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree that Gov. Otter could have handled children refugee crisis better?

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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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