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FLS: Laptop In Every Locker? C’mon

Fat Lady Sings: Laptops for every student? Really? What happens when students (who lack supervision and/or the presence of positive role models or who trip on a rock) damage, destroy or pawn their laptops? How is the laptop replaced? What is the turn around time? What happens if the student misses a test as a result of not having access to their laptop? Who will provide IT services for the students? What happens if the student’s parent/s lose a job and cannot afford the internet connection and the service is shut off by the provider? And a 100 other what-if questions that are not even far fetched … what then? It’s an administrative and financial nightmare. (Full comment below)

Question: What do you think of Tom Luna's plan to provide a laptop to every high school freshman — and then expect that freshman to learn and take care of that laptop?

Fat Lady: ConspiracyCDA ‘Ridiculous’

Fat Lady Sings: the folks at are ridiculous as are the comparisons to North Korea and the Soviet Union. I am sure that they could be more stupid but I’m not sure what that would look like.

DFO: I agree with many who say that Gookin, Souza, & Co. bring up an occasional legitimate issue. But they react so over the top that the issue gets buried in their rhetoric. Remember, they once were part of Huckleberries Online. But Gookin & Souza stomped out of here 3 years ago or so because few here would buy into their extreme disgust for the urban renewal agency. I agreed with them at the time that the local approach to URD needed to be tweeked and the agency needed to be watched closer. But that wasn’t good enough for them. Again, I agree with them that word of Deanna’s near-fatal heart attack should have gotten out sooner. But they already were off and running with the silly notion that there was some sort of conspiracy going on at City Hall to keep a lid on the issue (as if someone in this town could accomplish that). At this point, the foamings of the crowd are little more than a source of amusement. But they have to be taken somewhat seriously in that they almost won two City Council seats in the last election. And they do have a candidate running for the Legislature in Coeur d’Alene that sympathizes with their aims — Kathy Sims. That race will provide another indication re: whether the naysayers are gaining or losing ground in this community.

Question: Have you paid any attention to the race for state Rep. George Sayler’s House seat between Repub Kathy Sims and Demo Paula Marano?

Fat Lady: OpenCDA Drives Me Nuts

Fat Lady Sings: I am a conservative. And proud of it. But I must confess that the yay-hoo’s over at conspiracycda drive me a little nuts. I wish they would present their arguments in a way that does not make them look stupid. There are good arguments to be made and it would be so much more effective if they used real facts instead of rhetoric to make a good case. Sigh…they come across and sounding stupid, paranoid and spiteful. And it is embarassing. Nuff said.

Question: Could the conspiracy theorists at be more effective, if they scaled back on the rhetoric and double-checked their facts before they made their accusations?

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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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