Kootenai County’s 911 System Still Has A Way To Go

Can’t blame Post Falls for resisting Sheriff Pierce Clegg’s efforts to merge its 911 emergency phone system with Kootenai County’s. The county operation has improved under the guidance of new director Kent Hall, but it still has a lot to prove. For years, the county system has been plagued by political infighting, revolving directors and cost miscalculations. Meanwhile, Post Falls officials have promised to join the county system - once it proves able to provide the same level of service their city now has. Finally, that day may be coming, but it isn’t here quite yet. Then, we’ll see if Mayor Jim Hammond and Police Chief Cliff Hayes meant what they said - or if they’ve had their fingers crossed all along.

Home-school vote gives supers fits

Waaaah, waaaah. School superintendents, like Potlatch’s Donald Armstrong, are bawling because they can’t discriminate against private- and home-schoolers. The 1995 Legislature voted that these students can participate in public-school sports. Now, in protest, some Idaho High School Activities Association members want to eliminate all grade and attendance requirements for sports. They say it isn’t fair to require standards of one group and not the other. What isn’t fair here is the association’s condescending attitude. Idaho private- and home-schoolers routinely test better than their public-school counterparts.

Fan mail

Subscriber Jordon Blaschka disagreed with the “Hot Potato” (March 23) that, in part, criticized the U.S. Postal Service’s decision not to issue a commemorative A-bomb stamp. Wrote Blaschka, whose brother saw the devastation after Nagasaki had been bombed: “Why should we commemorate a very destructive weapon? Robert Oppenheimer quoted from Hindu scripture after the first test explosion of an A-bomb (Trinity), ‘Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”’

A Fernan, Idaho, subscriber phoned to say that actions by the Montana Legislature shouldn’t be used to defend a point. A “Hot Potato” (Tuesday) noted the Montana Legislature had rejected $6.5 million in federal “Goals 2000” money. Said she: “After all, these are the same people who wanted to register gays!”


Jennifer Stokes’ doctor made this comment about a dangerous Northwest Boulevard intersection: “We have to do something about that intersection.” A “Hot Potato” Tuesday attributed the quote to the young woman fatally injured in an accident there a week ago. Sorry.


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