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$4K Worth Of Pumpkins Smashed

A pumpkin patch on the South Hill has become the target of vandals. Sometime after 8 p.m. Saturday, someone smashed hundreds of pumpkins in the parking lot of Our Lady of Fatima on 33rd Avenue. “Oh, it's crazy I don't get it,” said Mark Sullivan, a church volunteer. ” I don't understand why someone would do this.” Sullivan said so many pumpkins were smashed the mess created a traffic hazard on 33rd Avenue.  Spokane city street crews spent four hours cleaning up pumpkin pieces. “He had so many pumpkins that he had to leave with his pickup and come back with a dump truck and then he came back with street sweeper, who knows how much tax payer dollars that cost, it's a lot of money,” said Sullivan/Annie Bishop, KXLY. More here.

Question: There's an underlying meanness to this crime that bugs me. I hope they catch the vandal(s) — and penalize him/her to the max. What do you think?

In Idaho, Really Little People Pay Taxes

In his editorial today, Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune defends the tax revenuer who created a nationwide stir by insisting that a couple of kids selling pumpkins to raise money for sports. Marty opines: “Gilmore’s getting a bad rap on this story. She didn’t shut down the business. Never even hinted at it. The children weren’t at home when she stopped by. Nor was she being selective. People who engage in farmers markets, roadside produce stands and flea markets are obligated to get a license and collect sales tax.” Then, Marty goes on to say it’s strange that Idaho cracks down on kids when it looks the other way on bigger tax cheats: multi-state corporations, special interests, Internet & catalogue sales, tax scofflaws, and, of course, our own Phil Hart: “The Republican representative from Athol has made a mockery of state and federal tax laws.” More here.

Question: In other parts of the state, Rep. Phil Hart’s name has become synonymous with tax cheat/timber thief. Why are local Republicans so tone deaf to such an outcry?

Tax Revenuers Bust Pumpkin Stand

Jacob Charais, 6, and his little sister Sami-Lou, 4, sit in front of their pumpkin stand at their home in Lewiston on Friday.  The Idaho State Tax Commission wants them  to close their pumpkin stand at their family home.  Their parents, Dan amd Kami Charais, were contacted by a tax commission representative and told to stop selling pumpkins. Original Hucks post here. And: Full Lewiston Tribune story here. (Lewiston Tribune photo: Kyle Mills)

Question: What do you think the Idaho Tax Commission will do about the outrageous conduct of its reps in this situation, now that the public has found out about it?

NIdaho Blogs: Pumpkins Herald Fall

“We still have a fair amount of summer left but you know Fall is approaching in North Idaho when the pumpkins are maturing and the corn crop is ready to harvest,” posts Sunny/Bent’s Beer Garden. More here.

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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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