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Actor Andy Griffith, 86, RIP

Andy Griffith and little Opie from the long-running “Andy Griffith Show.” Griffith, whose homespun mix of humor and wisdom made “The Andy Griffith Show” an enduring TV favorite, died this morning in Manteo, N.C. He was 86. Story here. (AP file photo)

Question: Why are we so fond of the late actor Andy Griffith?

Sis: Rather Be Andy Than Barney

Sisyphus: This is usually where I pull out my Mayberry analogy. I still view most of Idaho as Mayberry. And I prefer to react as Andy Griffith, not Barney Fife. I grew up with guns. I know how to use them. Family members own guns. I insisted my kids learned how to use them safely. But I don’t see the need to have one handy. I acknowledge that may change. Ironically there are campgrounds I just won’t go to because of the prevalence of alcohol and guns used in concert. I’ve rarely had a need for a gun to protect myself from large predators. But I’ve definitely been scared of my fellow man a time or two. (Wikipedia photo of Don Knotts as Mayberry character Barney Fife)

Question: Do you view Idaho as Mayberry, as Sisyphus does?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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