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Letter: Scarywood Degrades Women

The letters section of the Coeur d'Alene Press has two sides to question re: whether Silverwood's Haunted House, Scarywood, went too far this year:

  • Yes It Did: Faith Normington wrote an interesting letter to the editor. Seems her son (16) and three friends went to Silverwood, this time of year called Scarywood Haunted Nights. Her son came home and told her about some of the R-rated and crude attractions. Of course I was curious so I called Silverwood and a young lady named Rhonda called me back and she said yes the R-rated language (F words) was on the train rides, but it was posted that it was. She also affirmed an obscene item in one water feature. It is very demeaning to women/Monica Dietrich, Hayden Lake. More here.
  • No It Didn't: The letter written by Faith Normington is utterly ridiculous and shows that some parents shelter their children too much. What will happen when they go out into the “real world” and are exposed to something they cannot handle without their Mommy to write letters to the editor? I have seen firsthand what happens: THEY GO OFF THE DEEP END! They need rules and guidance, yes, but at age 16, should they not be able to tell right from wrong and, if exposed to something that they do not morally agree with, should they not be able to just walk away?/Julia Potee, Hayden. More here.

Question: Anyone had the Scarywood experience and want to comment?

Letter: Bye, Bye Miss American PYP

The xenophobic Coeur d’Alene school directors have certainly been busy of late. Whacked the IB Program for good, they did — Ciao! Dismantled the PYP Program too — auf Wiedersehen! Next on their agenda ought to be the elimination of those pesky foreign languages — adieu! Too much cross cultural teaching/learning inherent in those buggers. Probably a sub-plot of that sinister United Nations. An appropriate song to be played at all director meetings and other school gatherings would be Pink Floyd’s “We don’t need no education … We don’t need no thought control … Teacher, Teacher, leave those kids alone.” Oops, probably won’t fly since Pink Floyd is a BRITISH group. Why can’t I get Judy Collins’ lyrics off my mind whenever the school board meets — “Send in the clowns, don’t bother they’re here.” Adios!/Dale Hensley, Hayden Lake. Coeur d'Alene Press letters to the editor.

DFO: Not only is this a well-written letter, but the headline written for it by a Coeur d'Alene Press editor is superb.


Edit: Weight Of Words Favor Recall

On the Coeur d'Alene Press editorial page today, Editor Mike Patrick tells of an electronic search from April 5 to June 11 of all letters and guest opinions about the Coeur d'Alene recall attempt: Here's the results:

  • NEUTRAL: Two letters to the editor (427 words) and three columns (1,781 words) from writers fell into this category. The writers did not take a firm for or against stance, but rather, presented other options or commented on the recall attempt's impact in some other way. TOTAL WORDS: 2,208
  • AGAINST THE RECALL: We published 28 letters to the editor (5,869 words) and four columns (3,625 words) from writers who clearly oppose the recall effort. TOTAL WORDS: 9,494
  • FOR THE RECALL: During the petition-gathering process, The Press printed 31 letters to the editor (7,899 words) and seven columns (6,279 words) supporting the recall effort. TOTAL WORDS: 14,178
  • Full opinion piece here.


NYTimes Letters Slam Luna Reform

This week's story, “Teachers Resist High-Tech Push in Idaho Schools,” featured a Post Falls dateline and quoted three teachers: Ann Rosenbaum of Post Falls High School, Doug StanWeins of Boise High and Stefani Cook at Rigby High. Idaho Senate Finance Committee Chairman Dean Cameron, R-Rupert, also weighed in, telling the Times the legislature was “dazzled” by lobbyists for high-tech companies who gave to Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna's 2010 re-election campaign. “It’s almost as if it was written by the top technology providers in the nation,” Cameron told the Times. “And you’d think students would be excited about getting a mobile device, but they’re saying: not at the expense of teachers.” In letters to the Times published Thursday, three readers echo those sentiments and critique the role of technology/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (Betsy Russell SR file photo: Tom Luna)


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Polar Bear Plunge: Child Abuse?

I am appalled to see pictures of children of all ages participating — both “willingly” and unwillingly — in the plunge into the 35-degree lake. It had never occurred to me anyone beside consenting adults would participate in this activity. As far as I can see, this is a form of child abuse. People who are supposed to protect children — such as the teacher who gave her student “points” for plunging and the grandmother who was holding onto an apparently unwilling 4-year-old — are failing miserably as protectors of children. Then there are the 16-year-olds who are participating due to peer pressure. Where is the common sense?/Karen Norskog, Coeur d’Alene Press letter writer. More here.

Question: Is it child abuse for a parent to participate in the Polar Bear Plunge with a younger child?

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