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St. Maries Paper Wants Tribe Records

The Idaho State Lottery refused to provide records sought by this newspaper under a public records request. The Gazette Record requested public records related to the lottery commission’s oversight of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s compliance with state law relating to its casino. The Gazette Record hired the law office of Christensen & Doman of St. Maries to pursue the request following the newspaper’s reports last month about the tribe’s mandated contributions to local public schools. The tribe is required by law to donate “5 percent of its annual net gaming income for the support of local educational programs and schools on or near the reservation.” Area schools had not received money from the tribe since 2009. When questioned, tribal officials said donations had been made, but would not reveal which school districts received the contributions. Shortly after the story broke, the tribe gave $210,000 to the Plummer/Worley school district/St. Maries Record Gazette. More here. (Courtesy photo: Coeur d'Alene Casino)

Question: If the tribe is required by law to provide a certain level of gaming profits to area schools, shouldn't the record of disbursements be public?

Gazette Raps SR For Police Stand

Under this year’s version of the proposed legislation, tribal cops would not be accountable to the sheriff n or any other elected official. Which is why the Spokane newspaper’s endorsement of this proposal is so mind-boggling. One would think the people who write editorials at the region’s dominant newspaper would understand better than anyone how critical it is that cops be accountable to voters. Cops and their misdeeds (perceived or real) have been the dominant story of the last five years in Spokane County/Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette Record. More here.

Question: What do you think of the point made by Publisher Dan Hammes of the St. Maries newspaper that tribal police must be accountable to someone under a cross-deputization program?

Hammes: Phil Hart Abused His Power

Phil Hart (pictured) should resign from the Idaho legislature. Of course we know that is not going to happen. But at the very least he should offer a substitute to serve in his place until he has paid his state tax bill in full. That won’t happen either. Instead Rep. Hart will continue to serve in the legislature despite the fact he owes the state a bundle in overdue taxes. Which makes this screed as fruitless as n well, fighting the government with some bogus claims about the Constitution and income taxes. … There is never a shortage of wingnuts who confuse their disagreement with the income tax with patriotism. But it is quite another thing altogether for an elected official to abuse the power of office/Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.

Question: What do you make of one of the most conservative newspapers in Idaho calling on state Rep. Phil Hart to resign, as a result of his tax problems?

Columnist: Sweet 16? C’mon

She turns 16 today, our baby girl. Isn’t it “sweet 16” you ask. Anyone who has ever lived with a teenage girl knows “sweet” is not the adjective used most to describe them. Temperamental or moody, sulky or grouchy, opinionated or demanding, but sweet? Not often. While some of her school teachers of the past 10 years might give her glowing marks on citizenship and printed little notes on her report card “A pleasure to have in class,” I have to wonder? Is the girl who sits in their class each day the same girl who grumbles when you remind her to keep her showers under 20 minutes? Is she the same girl who glares at you when you mention that texting on her cell phone 24/7 isn’t a right, it’s a privilege?/Kaisie Brede, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.

Question: Who was easier to handle at Sweet 16 — you or your kids?

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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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