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Letter Questions Hearn’s Emails

In a Coeur d'Alene Press letter to the editor, Jacqueline Mayo of Coeur d'Alene writes: "Is there a secret strategy being used by certain Trustees of School District 271, the superintendent, and others, to introduce special rights for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) into school district policy? If so, why has this not been done openly and transparently? Why have the patrons of the district been excluded? Email records that have come to light seem to indicate this is the case. On Nov. 25, 2013, Coeur d’Alene School Superintendant Matt Handelman sent the following email to Chair Hearn": 'I wanted to be sure that you are going to be talking to Dave Eubanks again about this, and our strategy to not engage, but to thank and take into consideration — then talk; about the process at the January Meeting.'" Mayo goes on to quote an email from Chairman Tom Hearn. You can read her entire email here.

  • On March 7, Tom Hearn issued an apology re: possible missteps in handling this situation. You can read it here.
  • The Coeur d'Alene School Board asked the district attorney to study the legal issues involved in the request from attorney Susan Moss to "Add the Words." Trustees will next meet April 14.

Question: Do you think the Coeur d'Alene School Board now is ready to give a fair hearing to attorney Moss's request?

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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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