March 28, 2010 in Idaho Voices

Stereotype lecture hits home

By The Spokesman-Review
 

At A Family Runs Through It, local blogger Phil Corless has had it up to here with negative stereotypes aimed at home schoolers. Phil is a home schooler. Also, Phil has talked to his two kids about stereotypes “and how unfair it is to label a person based on misplaced assumptions.” Seems that talk hit home with his daughter. Earlier this month, Phil was driving his kids down a residential street when he spotted three or four teens throwing rocks at a cat that was trying to escape up and over a wooden fence. Phil, who brakes for cat abuse, spun his van around and roared back to the scene of the crime. The punks scattered, Phil explained in a blog post, “like cowardly rats before I could even roll down my window to chew them out.” Watching from the back seat, Phil’s feline-worshipping daughter piped up: “That was really mean of them. They must go to public school.”

Hats off to Junior

I usually don’t talk much about my family here. But I’m making an exception today because son, Seth, deserves a hat tip for reaching a goal that he set out 13 years ago at the 1997 Mr. CHS contest at Coeur d’Alene High. He was one of the senior boys to enter the contest, along with current CHS baseball coach Nick Rook, Dave Scates’ son, Mark, and senior class prez Mark Sheerin. During the Q-and-A period, Seth was asked: “Where do plan to be in 10 years?” Seth replied: “I want to be a doctor and have a family.” Seth earned a doctorate in neuroscience two years ago. In two months, he’ll receive his MD. Last week, he was one of four students accepted into the neurosurgery program at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He and daughter-in-law, Stephanie, will move there in June. Not bad for a someone who fought through cancer and chemotherapy as a baby. That’s all I’m going to say about this. But you should watch out for busting buttons if you’re near me during the next couple of months.

Huckleberries

Poet’s Corner: “Twas colder than he/would have chosen —/his little crocus/got flash frozen” – The Bard of Sherman Avenue (“A Cold March Night”) … Repub Cliff Hayes will need to persuade voters that he’s qualified to be Kootenai County clerk, if he’s going to unseat veteran clerk Dan English. In a recent Huckleberries Online poll, 46 percent (102 of 223) of the respondents said Cliff was qualified to hold office. But 43 percent (97 of 223) said he wasn’t … On Tuesday, SReporter Becky Kramer wrote that wildlife biologists were wondering if bears would emerge earlier from their caves this year as a result of the mild winter. On Wednesday, Becky got the answer from a Prichard resident who’d spotted a cub (sans mother) running across the road early this month. Be careful out there … In the Kids Say The Darndest things category, blogmistress Jen of A Butterfly Moment tells of her son, Adam, asking how much is 60 times 15. Butterfly: “Well, 60 X 10 is 600 and 60 X 5 is 300, so 60 X 15 is 900.” Son Adam: “So that means we have 900 seconds of recess?” … A hat tip goes to Victoria Bruno of Mayor Sandi Bloem’s office, who offered a freshly baked, chocolate-chip cookie from Bakery by the Lake to a jobless man in front of the library March 22. Well, technically I wasn’t jobless. Just on unpaid furlough. But the gesture was appreciated.

Parting shot

The usual suspects didn’t react well to another adverse court ruling involving one of their pet issues. This time, they trained their fire on Judge John Mitchell’s ruling against plaintiffs Larry Spencer, Tom Macy and Bill McCrory that North Idaho College acted legally to annex the old Rutledge mill site. Griped sympathizer Mary Souza on the Coeur d’Alene Press online site: “Judge John Mitchell decided not to hear the whole case. He doesn’t know the full information. He stopped the process early on by dismissing it rather than allowing it to go to trial. What was the judge or NIC or the NIC Foundation trying to block?” A frivolous lawsuit?


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