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David Bond: Bicyclists Revisited

Last week's “zipper-head” rant in this space about the behaviours of certain out-of-state bicycle-trail riders touched a few nerves, as publicly evidenced by several letters to the editor at the News-Press last week, and by a particularly snarky remark from a cocktail waitress in Wallace Saturday night.

Normally a reporter (or editor) should refrain from getting in the last word, but apparently our subtle attempt at a humourous prod at the obnoxiousness of some of these individuals fell on its face, so a clarification is in order.

I've nothing against tourists, per se, even the gaunt and ridiculously-dressed trail-cyclists from out of state who spend nothing here. My beef is with their conspicuously rude minority who seem to think they're doing us a favour just by being here and that we should serve them and then get out of their bloody way, else our economy might collapse.

It's not that simple, folks. Irrespective of what some delusional leading lights in the Silver Valley have led themselves to believe, tourism is not our principal industry. We are a mining camp, plain and simple, with the added advantage that we are a showcase for how a heavy extractive industry like mining, and a great, beautiful, natural place for visitors, can co-exist. If you can't afford Paris, this is the best place in the world to live.

More below.

 Do you have any complaints about tourists in your town?


Tourism Tip Omits Construction Work

In her article “Idaho one cool destination at one cool price,” Clara Bosonetto of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution touts cheap air rates in getting from Atlanta to Boise ($266 round trip). And said this about Coeur d’Alene: “A 7-hour drive north of Boise is Lake Coeur d’Alene, created by glaciers and today an international resort destination with the town of Coeur d’Alene on its north shore and resorts nestled along 135 miles of shoreline. An ideal region for avid birdwatchers – Lake Coeur d’Alene has the largest nesting population of osprey in the western United States.” Chamber types are glad she didn’t mention that the southern edge of downtown Coeur d’Alene is torn up this year. Or anything about Aryans/DFO, Sunday Huckleberries. More here.

Other SR weekend columns:

Question: Is this the summer you'd want your friends and relatives visiting downtown Coeur d'Alene?

Cancun Break On Despite Unease

a woman drinks at a bar during Spring Break in Cancun, Mexico. While American tourism to Mexico slipped a few percentage points last year, the country remains by far the biggest tourist destination for Americans, according to annual survey of bookings by the largest travel agencies. AP story here. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

Question: Have you vacationed in Mexico in recent years despite escalation of drug gang violence?

Christian tourism paying off

A Russian tourist touches a column inside the Church of the Nativity, where  Christians believe Jesus Christ was born, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, on Thursday.

NAZARETH, Israel – Strains of “Silent Night” stream from the tour bus speakers on what has become known as the Jesus circuit in Nazareth, northern Israel. Locals here joke that the carols constitute a whole new category of music in the largely Palestinian city, but the bigger joke, they claim, is making money selling Americans their own Christmas music. “There have always been Christians who come to the Holy Land. But in recent years they come in huge groups, in tour bus caravans, in the thousands!” said Ibrihim Mansouf, a local shop owner in Nazareth. “They want to buy anything, anything that was made in the Holy Land.” Read more.

Have you ever been to Israel? Do you want to go?

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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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