January 26, 2008 in HandleX

Veteran finally getting his rest in peace

D.F. Oliveria The Spokesman-Review
 

The brothers Liming – twins Albert and Robert and younger brother, Joe – all saw action on Iwo Jima during World War II. Albert was seriously wounded as part of the first wave. Joe was aboard the USS Saratoga when it took a direct hit from a kamikaze plane. Robert, a sniper, was killed. Later, Albert worked for 36 years for National Cash Register of Dayton, Ohio, before retiring to live the Louis L’Amour dream by working as a cowpoke on the Salmon River. Why am I telling you all this? After Albert died in 2004 at the veterans home in Lewiston, son Bob became keeper of his ashes. Bob, who was director of the Lewiston Boys and Girls Club at the time, is one of five siblings, including brother Dennis of Coeur d’Alene and Sagle’s Eagle Marine Supply. Who relayed this story to Huckleberries. Bob, Dennis and their siblings thought about spreading their father’s ashes on the Salmon. But a call on a whim to the Veterans Affairs changed all that. Bob learned that his father was eligible to be buried in Arlington Cemetery, as he had wanted. The rest is his-story. On short notice, surviving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and siblings traveled to Washington, D.C. Albert Liming was given a funeral with full military honors. “Taps” was played. Tears flowed freely. And another member of the Greatest Generation finally rested in peace.

Not enough cops?

Responding to the PFPD Blue call for more officers following that shootout in the Real Life Ministries parking lot, Huckleberries Online commenter Sad But True wrote: “A friend of mine recently visiting from Boise was just aghast and amazed about the ominous and oppressive police presence in Post Falls. Most striking, he said that Seltice Way was just crawling with police, no matter what time of the day he drove through. He said it was like running a gauntlet. Nobody who visits Post Falls from another area mentions a shortage of police officers. Universally, they are just astonished by the place being overrun by cops.” Of course, there’s never enough cops when you need one.

Huckleberries

Huckleberries hears … that Hagadone Central has made a tough winter at the resort mall a bit tougher on struggling businesses by turning down the heat to save on energy costs. … That Rep. Frank Henderson is not – repeat, is not – going to run for the county commission seat held by Todd Tondee. Skip Hissong, Henderson’s campaign manager, told Huckleberries there’s no truth to the courthouse rumor that the eightysomething solon is interested in serving again as a commissioner … That CdA is still investigating legal action against ex-state senator Kathy Sims and Post Falls sidekick Tom Macy for possible campaign finance violations from that last-minute attack flyer against incumbents in the municipal elections. The activists are represented by attorney Kacey Wall of Glen Walker’s office. … That city Finance Director Troy Tymesen will serve as treasurer for ex-CPD Blue Police Chief Tom Cronin’s bid for Rick Currie’s seat on the County Commission. They’ve been brothers-in-law since last fall when Cronin married into the family.

Parting shot

Huckleberries Online commenter David Taylor/CdA was surprised when he read that Idaho Mountain Express editorial this week – you know, the one ripping the House Revenue and Tax Committee for voting down a sales tax on Internet sales. And it had nothing to do with the weekly’s point of view. Quoth the Mountain Express: “Lawmakers from upstate Kootenai County were tickled pink with the bill being ash-canned. And why not? One of America’s giants in Internet retail sales, Coldwater Creek, is headquartered there.” K-County reps would be tickled pinker if Coldwater Creek’s headquarters was located within their jurisdiction rather than the Bonner County seat of Sandpoint.

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