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Diector: Where Would Fresh Start Go?

Howard Martinson has a question for the city of Coeur d'Alene. If Fresh Start, the homeless center of which he is executive director, was forced to move and ended up closing, where would its clients go? Where would they shower, use the bathroom or make a phone call? The library, maybe, or perhaps the fire station or one of the city's parks. “I don't know,” the executive director said. What he does know is that last year, Fresh Start served nearly 3,000 different people, saw more than 15,000 visits and provided more than 44,000 services/Bill Buley, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (SR file photo, of a woman who'd been staying at Fresh Start after heat went out in a friend's trailer)

Question: Would you want Fresh Start in your neighborhood?

Howard: Washington Boats Pay Share

Howard Martinson: Contrary to what’s been written above, Washington boaters do pay to boat on Lake CdA. How? For starters they pay to launch and use the ramp and park their tow rigs & trailers. Many purchase their boat gas, on the trailer, from local Idaho gas stations (Idaho gas is considerably cheaper than Washington gas. Many purchase Idaho fishing licenses. Most Washington boaters register their vessels in Idaho and pay Idaho sales tax on their vessels. (Considerably cheaper than Washington registration and sales tax.) More below.

Question: Do you agree with Howard that Washington boaters pay their fair share to use Lake Coeur d'Alene?

Pants At Half Mast At Airport Security

Howard Martinson: While I’m not opposed to these high energy pat downs in the name of public safety, mine was a little crazy at Miami Airport on Monday morning. Of course, my belt was removed and (Thank God!) I’ve taken off a few lbs lately, so I really need the belt to hold my pants up. So my hands are out to the side and the man is working my pants over pretty good, when…you guessed it, my pants very quickly dropped to half mast. I’m not 100% sure what happened to my unders, and probably don’t want to know. Where was an America’s Funniest Videos camera when we really needed one?

Question: Have you ever been embarrassed by a wardrobe malfunction in a public place?

Where Have All The Porta-Potties Gone?

Howard Martinson: So, the only two 24/7 porta potties in town are at Riverstone and at Fresh Start. They City seems to lock up all the others. What’s a guy to do when nature urgently calls? If they’re discrete (while urinating publically), leave ‘em alone.

Question: I recently attended Portland’s version of Pig Out in the Park on the Willamette. A young female with my party initially refused to use the porta-potties at the event, complaining about cleanliness, smells, and being forced to look at a men’s urinal while doing her business. Do you balk at using outhouses (in campgrounds) or porta-potties?

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